Below Submarine movies from "Das Boot" through "U-571" always have the same elements -- the claustrophobic denseness, the salty crew, the thrill of a hull-popping descent;… Below Submarine movies from "Das Boot" through "U-571" always have the same elements -- the claustrophobic denseness, the salty crew, the thrill of a hull-popping descent;…
Video Review

BELOW (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Mar 11, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Matthew Davis, Bruce Greenwood and Olivia Williams; Distributor: Dimension Films

Submarine movies from ''Das Boot'' through ''U-571'' always have the same elements -- the claustrophobic denseness, the salty crew, the thrill of a hull-popping descent; they've almost become fetishistic. ''Below'' doesn't disappoint -- director David Twohy (''Pitch Black'') wields every creak, clank, and moan like a master of atmosphere (do yourself a favor and watch the DVD on a decent home theater for the full effect). If only all of that sound and fury signified something: The grafted-on ghost story leaves a nimble cast submerged beneath lots of spook, and the little substance present is floating just out of arm's reach.

Originally posted Mar 14, 2003 Published in issue #700 Mar 14, 2003 Order article reprints