Shot by Shot with the 'Underwater' Trailer

'Underwater' isolates its heroes from society and pits them against a school of mer-monsters. No complaints here.

Underwater Shot by Shot
20th Century Fox

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Norah steps into an area of the laboratory that seems terraformed for the mer-monster’s environment. Many aquatic limbs hang from the ceiling, and one such arm dangles before her face winning a jump-scare. Are these her friends evolving into the mer-species, somewhat akin to the human-incubators we know from xenomorph Alien culture? Or is this the mer-monster equivalent of a meat locker?

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An underwater explosion propels a poor soul to his doom. If you gotta go, this has got to be the better option considering the gnashing jaws of nearby mer-monsters and the possibility of biological mutation.

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Norah survives her first encounter with the mer-monster and Henwick pulls her to the comfort of a dry deck. She’s gasping for air, and her brain must be attempting the metaphorical equivalent. The mer-monsters existence throws everything we know about our planetary dominance into whack.

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The trailer concludes by sealing the fate of T.J. Miller’s Paul. A mer-monster goes for his ankle, and the funny guy screams, “It’s pulling me underwater!” Nice titular moment, sir.

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Down Miller descends as a mer-monster screams in satisfaction. Some spoilers lend aid to the discerning audience member. Glug, glug, glug.


Underwater surfs into theaters on January 10th, 2020.

Trekkie, Not Trekker. Weekly Columnist for Film School Rejects, co-host of the In The Mouth of Dorkness Podcast.

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