Leviathan (1989)

“This whole thing is unnecessary, Doc. The only skin problem I can see is white people. How come you are wearing those gloves? It ain’t bend-over time, is it?” – Jones

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 90’s and 10 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A team of deep sea drillers encounter a sunken Russian submarine that seems to have been attacked by an unknown element.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing on cable not long after it came out yet didn’t remember much besides the fact that it stars Peter Weller.

Upon rewatching this, I could see how poorly made this film is since it doesn’t quite make a whole lot of sense especially given that it’s an underwater sci-fi thriller with monster elements.

The story as presented seems like a carbon copy of numerous space films with the only difference being the relocation of things to the deep sea.

It all feels quite unoriginal and is quite predictable since there are few real surprises.

What’s quite disappointing is the fact that the cast is extremely talented yet they are all pretty much wasted here.

The movie leaves the viewer with more questions than answers and is mostly comes across as a pretty silly pseudo horror film.

The only real question left for the viewer to contemplate throughout is which of the characters will find a way to make it out alive.

Bottom Line – Really poorly underwater sci-fi thriller. The story is quite unoriginal and seems to follow similar patterns to films with comparable story elements that take place in space. The cast is quite talented and they are all pretty much wasted on this somewhat silly pseudo horror film that leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. The story is much too predictable and the only question that ever remains on the viewer’s mind is who will be the character to survive this ordeal.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Chicken feathers were used at one point of shooting the underwater sequences to suggest things were floating around in the water. According to Alex Thomson this did not work because the feathers floating side to side instead of up and down and the idea had to be scrapped altogether. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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