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Below the surface
Was really intrigued by the premise, which was one of the better, more interesting and more creative premises of any modest/low budget films seen recently, and with appreciation for the genre. Was also a bit apprehensive with the low rating and some less than enthusiastic reviews, which from personal experience watching modest/low-budget horror films recently have not been a good sign and most were poorly executed.
The good news is that 'The Dark Below' fared better than expected and as far as recent low-budget viewings go it is one of the better ones. Coming from somebody who seen a lot of weak or less films lately, that is saying a fair bit. 'The Dark Below' is far from a great film, or even a good one, but is watchable and not a complete waste of great potential. Some good things, also some bad things that will be outlined in the rest of the review.
Lets start with the positives. 'The Dark Below' looks quite good, nicely photographed with an atmospheric setting and lighting and editing that is at least coherent and not too cheap. The score doesn't quite fit admittedly, but as music in its own right it does have an unsettling creepiness that one wishes was matched by the story and atmosphere.
A few creepy moments, the film is not incoherent and the acting is better than average and make the most with what they're given. That the film is nearly wordless excepting three words was not really a hindrance.
Sadly, 'The Dark Below' is let down by that it has a creative premise yet executes it rather ordinarily and with not enough impact. There aren't enough scares, tension or suspense (the latter two only appearing in spurts), and not enough thrills. Down to too much of the story being nonsensical with a lot of silly, contrived and illogical moments and confusing and frustrating decision making that makes one endear to the characters even less.
Character development is sketchy at best and too much of the pacing is leaden. Some of the sound is obvious and the direction tends to be merely workmanlike and never more than that.
On the whole, better than expected but not a film recommended highly by me. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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