Dark Waters Film Details
Overview: Moneyless, ocean-exploring gigolo and his worldly lady-friend are forced to take part in looking into the possibility that aggression – utilizing marine life – is being planned.
Tagline: No Air. No Time. No Escape.
Review: Sent to the bottom of the sea to inspect a secret base, a scientist and his research team observing marine life his father built are unaware that a swarm of genetically mutated sharks are in the area and forcing them to battle off the creatures and the increasingly-hostile escorts around them. There’s not a whole lot here that works. The main feature of this one is the fact that this does have the rather creative use of the plot to have the sharks being contained on the ship at the beginning and go on the rampage at the end. Rather than spend half the movie trying to track them down to prevent the massacre they are bound to do, this one keeps them out of the water for a large portion, making the few moments when they do attack all the more potent. The opening attack is pretty brutal and manages to get some nice scenes from it, while a later attack on the mini-sub is one of it’s best scenes as there’s a certain degree of suspense as to whether the attack is enough to enable an escape. The other enjoyable aspect here is that when it manages to mix the Action film with traditional Horror aesthetics, there’s a lot of viciousness employed. That comes about as there are a few decent action scenes in here that aren’t that bad. Most of the shootouts aren’t that bad, and have some degree of watchability to them, from the escape attempt to get free of their capture to the series of shootouts in the lab where they use the inclusion of the sharks to get to upper hand which is a great idea that gets some good mileage out of. The big shootout in the lab is really fun, and it does get some great stunts in it as well as setting the stage for a decent finale. Otherwise, this one isn’t all that spectacular as there’s a couple of problems with this one. None are bigger than the fact that the sharks are so barely in this that it’s almost a real question why they’re involved. They are the subject of the film, yet they are rarely on-screen. Beyond the opening attack, the next time a shark is seen on-screen isn’t until the forty-minute mark. This leaves such a large chunk of the film without the titular creatures and being forced to spend the rest of the time with the scientific expedition and their journey for most of the film. While it’s not that bad, this negates having the film be about genetically-enhanced killer sharks. The point of including them in the film then not featuring them at all for most of the film is a big flaw. Another rather big flaw is the fact that the sharks get to do very little of the action. They get one main scene at the end, and that is pretty much a part of a whole grouping of scenes, and this leaves such few opportunities for them to become threats. Not having the title creature be a threat is a really big concern. Another rather big flaw is the confusing ending. The film just ends and wraps up all of its storylines at once, making it seem rushed and confusing. There are a few rather obvious plot holes here, and there are some big problems with the believability of the sharks involved here, but those are the big problems. Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language and Brief Nudity.
Duration: 93 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Also known as: Dark Waters,Csapda a mélyben,Muerte en las profundidades,Águas Escuras,Темные воды,Ciemne wody,O xenistis,Ape intunecate