A crew of oceanic researchers working for a deep sea drilling company try to get to safety after a mysterious earthquake devastates their deepwater research and drilling facility located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.


William Eubank


Brian Duffield (screenplay by), Adam Cozad (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Kristen Stewart ... Norah Price
Vincent Cassel ... Captain Lucien
Mamoudou Athie ... Rodrigo Nagenda
T.J. Miller ... Paul Abel
John Gallagher Jr. ... Liam Smith
Jessica Henwick ... Emily Haversham
Gunner Wright ... Lee Miller
Fiona Rene ... Godmother
Amanda Troop ... Poseidon Patty


An unknown, massive earthquake happens in a drilling station in the bottom of the Marianna Trench. A scientific crew must find their way across the ocean floor into another station under the threats of deep pressure, dark water, dangerous deep-sea creatures, and a constant lack of oxygen. Written by joel

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


7 Miles Below the Ocean Surface Something Has Awakened

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and terror, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


A few scenes from Alien (1979), are portrayed in this movie. When Paul (T.J. Miller) and Smith (John Gallagher Jr.) step outside the elevator to investigate a possible survivor in a crashed pod, an unknown organism suddenly jumps out from the survivor's corpse towards the audience's POV as they look closer (Alien - Kane closely observes an alien egg hatch and gets facehugged). Also, when Paul and Liam bring the unknown organism back to the elevator, the team examines it on a table under a light (Alien - Ash, Ripley, and Dallas examine the dead facehugger on a lighted table and discover it has acid for blood). The creature itself has a similar size and shape to the alien that burst out of Kane's chest in Alien. See more »


Early in the film after the rescue Paul, during the escape crawling through the station's collapsed structure, Nora comes across the deceased body of McKellen, her eyes open head tilted sideways. Seconds later Rodrigo comes upon McKellen, whose head is now facing more upwards and clearly in a different position. See more »


Norah Price: He told me he didn't believe in time, only moments.
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Crazy Credits

Just before the ending credits begin a news appears on the screen about the two survivors of the accident and a date is written on top "Sunday, August 7, 2050" which means the film is set in the year 2050. later on as the news continues another date is also visible "August 12, 2050". See more »


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SpongeBob SquarePants Theme
Written by Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg and Blaise Smith
Performed by Avril Lavigne
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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It's the Abyss meets Alien
26 September 2020 | by justin-fencsakSee all my reviews

Kristen Stewart plays the heroine in this moderate budgeted film that takes place underwater during a massive weird earthquake that is devouring the world she and her friends live in. It's not as scary as is it given its family friendly PG-13 rating but its a decent rental.

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Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Underwater See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,008,297, 12 January 2020

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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