(This review may contain spoilers).
I didn’t really have very high expectations going into this movie, which is probably why I actually found it more entertaining than I was expecting. Yes, the movie was fairly predictable, but I enjoyed it for what it was.
Jason Statham might well be one of my favourite actors and even though he seems to play the bad guy a lot, it was good to see him in the role of the ‘good guy’…at least for a change.
I have to say, the first scene did a really good job of establishing tension and demonstrating what to expect from the rest of the movie. It was quite a refreshing change to see Jonas make a decision that was vastly difficult…but what seemed to ultimately be the right one, even though other people didn’t necessarily agree. And it was good to see he did continue to carry on the burden from that choice.
I thought the movie did a really good job of capturing both the beauty and the danger inherent in the water. There were some really great visuals from the start. I can’t really say that I understood much of the science behind the undiscovered ‘world’, but I appreciated the fact that it was explained.
There was a lot of chemistry between Jonas and Suyin and I felt their building relationship was the strongest in the movie. I was a bit disappointed not to see a lot more of Suyin and her daughter, as I felt that could have added more depth to the movie. I also would have liked a bit more background about the relationship between Jonas and Mac; and there weren’t too many emotional moments between Suyin and her father before the end of the movie.
There was a lot of action in this movie and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I would have liked some more focus on some of the secondary characters and I did feel like some of the decisions made, by Morris especially, bordered on dangerously foolish.
I was engaged in this movie throughout and I would enjoy watching this movie again in the future. It was simple and good fun. I didn’t need to think too much and I cared about the characters and the danger they were in.