Beneath (2013) Review

beneath reviewSynopsis: Six high school seniors celebrating with day’s excursion find themselves on rowboat attacked by man-eating fish and must decide who must be sacrificed as they fight their way back to shore.

My quick Review: I have to say I’m extremely surprised at how bad Beneath turned out to be as soon as our group of teenagers start to jump in the water. Indeed, It all starts very wrong from this point forward with the director’s decision to actually show us the Lake monster. And trust me it was a very bad idea.

I remember telling myself after the dream scene at the beginning of the movie:” this is actually creepy and well shot”. The way we could see the monster’s fin sowly approcahing the girl, unaware of what was going on behind her, actually gave me big hopes.

I also liked the fact that they mixed some POV shots here and there without making it the main attraction (quite refreshing after a slew of bad found footage movies). Finally the acting looked decent enough. But then, we see the monster…

So far, for an indie movie, Beneath had looked good and the cinematography was great so why would they ruin everything with a cheap looking, non scary, ridiculous monster is beyond me. To make things worse, most of the characters start to act stupid and become total assholes while there is absolutely no tension whatsoever left until the end of the film.

I have seldom seen such a screwup after a promising start and even had to fast forward some scenes (that’s how annoyed and bored I was).

My Rating: 4/10 (2/10 if it wasn’t for the first 10mn)


Origin: US

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