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Escape Under Pressure (2000)
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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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26 September 2004 | by (Devon, England) – See all my reviews

Because I paid good money to rent this DVD I sat through it in the hope that it would improve. No such luck.

The film is called The Cruel Deep in UK.

The acting was wooden, the plot was a pot pourri of other excellent films, Oceans Eleven, Under Siege to name but two.

I can only assume that the opening scenes where Rob Lowe rescued the little girl were put in merely to make the film longer (84 mins in total), or to let us know that John Spencer (Lowe) was going to be the ultimate hero, (if we did not know that just a few seconds into the film).

There are so many badly put together scenes. When Lowe and Miller were fighting one of the terrorists for their lives whilst the Ferry was sinking, the terrorist had a sub aqua tank on. When Lowe had disposed of him he magically managed to turn one tank into two, one for himself and on for Miller. Has the writer and director never heard of 'Buddy Breathing'?

With hundreds, if not thousands of passengers on board the ferry, when it sunk what happened to them? Did they all drown? I did not see one body or one survivor in the water.

Did I fall asleep and wake up in the middle of another film? Because I thought I heard the sub captain say when ordered to torpedo the mini-sub, that the sub was a decommissioned naval vessel and therefore had no torpedoes. But a few minutes later, hey presto a total of two torpedoes were launched at the mini-sub, albeit unarmed. However they both managed to find their target but somehow managed to bounce harmlessly off of the mini-sub.

There are numerous occasions in the film where the impossible happened.

Finally, was there some sort of political statement to the film also? Britain has the Elgin Marbles from the Greek Parthenon and the Greeks want them back (being a Brit, I feel they should be returned). As the film is about the attempted smuggling of another Greek artifact out of Greece, I assume the writer of the script feels the same as I do about them.

The reason I think this may be the case is because even one of the characters in the film is called 'ELGIN' Bates.

I gave it a one star rating but maybe should have given it 4 or 5 in order to convince others to watch the film so they can suffer the same as I did, but I would not be so cruel.

To be brutally honest I thought I would never see a film as bad as 'Solaris', but this ran a close second.


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