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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dull, message-heavy romance has violence, sex.

Movie NR 2018 112 minutes
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Veteran director Wim Wenders is comfortable with taking risks and has never been pigeonholed, but his movies have rarely been as static or flat-out boring as this depressing, message-heavy romance. Submergence is certainly lovely to look at, especially with stars like Vikander and McAvoy, and it has a swirling, sweeping music score to help. But, perhaps due to its heavy water-themed dialogue and imagery, it never sparks to life; it's all wet. The characters are idealists, but they never connect on an emotional level. Worse, Danielle allows her pining to overshadow her work; she becomes defined by a male character.

Wenders tells the couple's story slightly out of chronological order, heavy with flashbacks, and the three sections don't work well together. The romance scenes at the beach hotel are talky and slow. Danielle's scenes preparing for her dive and fretting over James are one-note; the actual dive is shockingly brief and anti-climactic. And James' scenes are meant to play like a spy thriller, but they actually lack any thrills. The ending is vague in a bad way. Coming from the filmmaker behind such vivid movies as Paris, Texas; Wings of Desire; and Buena Vista Social Club, Submergence is a surprising dud.

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