The Dove Take:
The deep sea isn’t at all what people think it is. Underwater explores what lies beneath the depths of the sea and what is found might not be something you would want your young kids to see.
A crew of aquatic researchers works to get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. But the crew has more than the ocean seabed to fear.
The 2020 film Underwater follows the story of six surviving aquatic researchers desperately trying to escape from their collapsing underwater facility after a massive earthquake. During this endeavor, Nora Price, the film’s protagonist, and her colleagues, have more than the aftermath of the earthquake to worry about; undiscovered sea life dwells at the bottom of the ocean, aiming to stop them at any cost.
The concept of the film itself is a unique one, as underwater survival is always intense and capable of getting audience members to hold their breath in anticipation for the next scene or creature reveal. However, this film is one that focuses more on the number of jump scares it can cram into a single minute of runtime. The creatures themselves are certainly of a terrifying nature, but whenever they are revealed, the audience barely gets a single glance before the camera spins wildly, as though it has been dropped and kicked around several times under the water, which, combined with several bright lights spinning around at about the same speed as the metaphorically falling camera, is not something parents would want their young children to see, especially if prone to seizures.
The characters in the film are often very liberal with their words, making use of the F-word more than once, and taking the Lord’s name in vain on multiple occasions. There is also an element of partial nudity as two of the female characters are frequently in nothing more than a bra and underwear when not walking through the underwater depths and there is also a good amount of male partial nudity as well, in a way that is far from flattering.
Overall, while this film does have a solid concept, it ultimately falls short of what it could have been and it’s Not Dove-approved. While it will still entertain an older audience, at least to the very end, its terrifying imagery, partial nudity, and violence would definitely not be something younger children would want to watch.