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| After so many long oscar movies i was in the mood to watch something short and to the point and fun. A co-worker had recommended this a while back so there you go.
This fits well in the wave of Abyss knock-offs (Leviathan, DeepStar Six... Deep Rising some years later) in that the horror comes from being at the bottom of the ocean in an environment that is deadly to humans. Alien under the sea.
Things I liked about it: 90 minutes long, knows what kind of movie it is, doesn't feel overly cheap or compromised, decent cast of mostly good actors, lovecraftian influence.
Things I didn't like about it: it doesn't really try to transcend or tweak the formula that it follows, the characters are basically archetypes instead of people, never gonna beat The Abyss.
I found it funny that the girls had to take their pants off because "they won't fit in the suit" but the guys have no problem being fully clothed. You could correctly argue that it's exploitative but... that's what this movie is.
I did like how the horror elements were treated. I was reminded a lot of the game Soma.
Mostly, I liked this one. It was exactly what I was in the mood for. I kinda wanted to get to know people a bit more or see the station pre-calamity but not at the expense of the run time. I'd also have liked a different, bleaker ending... but that's just me. The ending suits the movie just fine. You can't just watch Abyss or Alien or Predator over and over and over so movies like this are worthwhile to scratch the itch.