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Black Water: Abyss

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Low-budget Australian horror has violence, peril, swearing.

Movie NR 2020 98 minutes
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Borrowing the premise from Jaws, the setting of The Descent, and the killer crocs from a dozen forgettable B-movies, this horror-drama sets off underground and proceeds to lose its way quickly. Working with a script that has as many lines of memorable dialogue as it does new ideas, the cast do their best to gasp, splutter, and splash their way through Black Water: Abyss' choppy, poorly paced action sequences that are about as dramatic as a badly organized swimming lesson.

A bolted-on drama involving one character's cancer scare and another's pregnancy does little to raise the stakes. Watching what feels like a charmless soap opera play out in an unlikely setting, it's almost enough to make the viewer wish the water would rise a little higher and hope the crocodiles manage an early lunch.

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