Escape Under Pressure (2000)
"Under Pressure" (original title)

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A car ferry carrying a valuable artifact is sunk by a group of international thieves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Spencer
Chloe Spencer
Elgin Bates
Scott Anthony Viscomi ...
Nikos Gavras
Sub Commander
Mike White ...
Rupp (as Michael Rodgers)
Young Engineer
First Mate
Deaf Girl
Greek Supervisor
Greek Hotel Clerk


Elgin Bates, a billionaire art collector, hires a British sociopath to help him find a priceless, long-lost, storied sculpture. Bates's man unearths the sculpture in Greece, but it's taken from him by Athens customs agents and put on a tourist ship bound for a museum on Lesbos. En route, Bates's hired guns hijack the ship, start a fire fight with soldiers guarding the statue, and prepare to rendezvous with a sub in Bates's hire. On the ship are a scholar and her daredevil husband. She recognizes the statue and grabs it before the sociopath can. With the ship sinking, she and her husband are under figurative and literal pressure to find a way to escape with their lives and the statue. Written by <>

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea lies a fortune worth risking your life for. See more »


Action | Thriller

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »


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25 February 2000 (South Africa)  »

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Escape Under Pressure  »

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Mildly entertaining after a few beers.
21 October 2000 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

This movie attempts to be a high-tech thriller, like a mix between 'Die Hard' and 'The Poseidon Adventure'. Despite a few familiar faces among the acting staff, production values are way low. Special effects don't look too special, and the acting is sub-standard.

The first half of the film actually looks promising. Not feature film quality by any standard, but mildly entertaining nonetheless. Then things go downhill fast. The bad guy never really seems threatening, and the plot is downright silly.

If watched under normal conditions, you probably will groan to yourself 'oh what godawful trash', but after a few beers, it will make you laugh enough to make the rental price worth it. Whether an action movie should produce such a reaction is debatable.

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