Black Water: Abyss premiered on 7 August 2020. Directed by Andrew Traucki and written by John Ridley, and Sarah Smith, the film stars Jessica McNamee, Luke Mitchell, Amali Golden, Benjamin Hoetjes, Anthony J. Sharpe, Louis Toshio Okada, and Rumi Kikuchi.
In The Deep, Black Water Lives A Hungry Crocodile…
When I started watching Black Water: Abyss I knew what was coming next, obviously, because we all have seen movies like this before. A sequel to the cult hit 2007 film called Black Water, the predictability of the film doesn’t stop the darkness and the murky water from getting to you. Making you say Oh, don’t go down there. Please.
The premise of the story is to basically send 5 friends to a remote cave system in Northern Australia with a killer crocodile and see how they survive. From the very start, you pretty much know the survival chances are thin.
As the story progresses, an unexpected tropical storm traps this group of friends below ground with rising floodwaters, and way close to their predators. Though there are some high moments in the film, it fails to carry on the momentum of the same throughout. And also, when you’re in danger, blaming your friends that it was their idea never helps. I repeat – Never!
Though Black Water: Abyss does maintain its dark and fearful setting and character mood, the ending isn’t satisfying. It feels like a sitcom is ending, it has no suspense, and you just know what’ll happen next. The film is mostly built around their croc attack story and the character detailing takes a back seat. How am supposed to feel anything for any character when I just don’t know why they do what they do!
Though the 2007 Black Water was a much better film, Black Water: Abyss misses that mark by a few inches.
Stream It or Skip It
SKIP IT! I had really mixed opinions about this film. Whether you’ll like the movie or not is highly dependent on your taste but for me, the movie was predictable and bland. Yes, it did make me skip a heartbeat a few times but overall the film isn’t as spectacular as I expected it to be. The dread and claustrophobic terror failed to work the charm for me this time.
Black Water: Abyss is now available on Video On Demand.
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