A long time ago, in a place that feels far, far away—three months ago in a public movie theaterFox released a sci-fi horror movie with Kristen Stewart. Critical reviews were mixed but plenty of people who saw it enjoyed the tense, tight, albeit slightly familiar, film. Now everyone else, who suddenly has a lot of time on their hands, can check it out too.

The movie is called Underwater and it hits digital and Blu-ray today. Stewart plays one member of a team drilling in the deepest trench on the entire planet. While there, an earthquake devastates them and seemingly revives something unnatural in the deep. Something Stewart and her crew, which includes current Westworld stars Vincent Cassel and John Gallagher Jr., Game of Thrones and Iron Fist’s Jessica Henwick, Uncorked’s Mamoudou Athie, and, yes, Ready Player One’s T.J. Miller, fight to survive.

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In the above, extended scene, which we’re exclusively debuting on io9, you get a closer, grosser, look at a “baby clinger,” which should give you big time Alien vibes and, if you haven’t seen the movie, just a taste of what hides in the darkness.

You can order the movie digitally here or wherever they’re sold.

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BlueSeraph
BlueSeraph

Ok, I saw this movie once it became available online in all it’s 4k glory. Although it wasn’t terrible, I understand why it pretty much failed. I personally have believe two reasons for it. It was released right around after the whole Fox/Disney deal. It was pretty much a throw away film. Poor advertisement or at least the wrong kind of advertisement. Yes it starred Kristen Stewart, but there wasn’t anything special about that part to the point it was made for her. The role really could’ve been played by anyone, so they should’ve advertised it more of an ensemble cast movie rather than just focus on her in the advertisements. But again Fox/Disney deal...I don’t think many cared at that point.

The other reason...it was tooo dark. When it came to showing the monsters I get the whole less is more thing. However, production wise, the monsters moved too quick in a very dark environment that made it more distracting than thrilling. Even though they’re trying to create a realistic dark suspenseful atmosphere, the fast pace action happening throughout most of the film made it more frustrating to keep up with what’s happening at that moment. The Cthulu Kaiju reveal was fun but disappointing. Not because of less is more formula, but what they did reveal was still too dark to the point it was one of those “fine but could’ve been better moments.”

In a movie theater, many people might have left feeling like they could only see 75% of the movie. At home you might need to adjust your picture and brightness level and maybe for some people then they could feel like you could see 80% of the movie in a satisfying manner. So it can be a fun although frustrating movie.    

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