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Marine biologist Skylar Shane hires an expat charter boat captain, Jack Bowman, to help her find prehistoric life form samples in the north Sumatran Sea. During the expedition, they run into some of Jack's 'friends', a gang of smugglers headquartered on a fishing platform in the middle of the sea. Tamal, an orphan sold into servitude on the fishing platform by his uncle, a 'Dukun' (sorcerer and master of black magic) shaman, begs Skylar to take him away. She empathizes with the boy, who reminds her of her lost daughter, Rebecca, and is determined to help him, not knowing what lurks beneath the dark inky water, waiting to surface. Ever since Tamal arrived, mysterious things begin to happen, until one by one the smugglers will be killed by the terrifying creature from the deep. In the middle of an eerie, violent storm, the animus inside Tamal grows stronger, calling for the ancient creature of his nightmares. Now Skylar and Jack must battle the terror - once locked deep in the abyss by an old civilization, as it is now about to resurface. —Anonymous
There's a great monster in Amphibious, and in that regard no-one will be disappointed. The story is sound, though hardly believable, but this is a movie. The script is cliche and seemed somewhat stuttered, as if made up at the time of filming. The actors can't do much with it to add to the believability, and in a lot of instances don't even try. Pretty good casting/characterisations. I suspect a very young filmmaker was behind this, as there are a lot of edits where it's pretty obvious there had been a cut in the filming, and insufficient care was taken to ensure a smooth continuity. The soundtrack, however, was very good. The sea location set was inspired and that alone managed to drag the piece to above average. I enjoyed it. It's not overly long, and there are plenty of interesting deaths, though a lot suffered from that lack of continuity I mentioned, and only basic attention was often given to various body parts emerging after attacks. It's a pass from me.
- Nov 1, 2019
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