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By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Kristen Stewart sci-fi survival thriller has scares, swears.

Movie PG-13 2020 95 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 12+

Watched it with my 10yo movie lover

Yeah its got 3 f-words, and its a tiny bit scary. But it has a strong female lead, great atmosphere and a good bit of science and survival. My 10yo daughter who doesn't like scary movies gave it 4.5/5. It isn't scary.
age 15+

Fantastic, loved it!

I'm not sure what the "critics" are talking about, this movie had my attention right from the start and kept me along for the whole ride. I usually find Kristen Stewart to be a one-note actress, but she killed it in this. Matter of fact, everyone was great in this. The special effects were spectacular and there was nothing in the story line where I thought, "Aw, c'mon!". I was along and involved from start to finish and found it as believable as any sci-fi could be. This is, without a doubt, one I'll watch again and again. I recommended it to others and they said they loved it, too, so again, not understanding why the "critics" didn't seem to care for this. Fantastic all the way around.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Yes, this is an Alien knockoff, but that doesn't mean it's not enthralling -- and it's modernized in a way that may appeal more to older teens. To that end, director William Eubank includes a couple of great lines in Underwater that will connect directly to Gen Z, tapping into a message of how to deal with feeling helpless in an out-of-control world. It's a little pat, but it's still empowering (and if the film winds up resonating with teens, the lines could end up on memes).

That message is a nice cap on a film that, while thoroughly entertaining, feels made to trigger anxiety attacks. You never know what monster will jump out or which character will die next (unfortunately, the film does stick with the scary movie cliché of the type of character who always dies first). Stewart's trademark acting style -- nervous and uncomfortable -- works well here; her character doesn't know what the next second holds, but she just keeps moving forward, one foot in front of the other. Norah is the embodiment of the airplane emergency instructions: She puts on her own oxygen mask first by summoning her own survival skills and then helps the others put their masks on -- in some cases, dragging them along behind her. Norah is so far from Stewart's weak-willed Twilight character Bella that, by movie's end, we've seen a total transformation of not only Norah but Stewart herself.

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