Below

Below

Director: David N. Twohy, Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Holt McCallany

Cast: David N. Twohy, Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Holt McCallany

     
 

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Reflecting studio executives' taste for material that crosses genres, this film from director David Twohy and co-screenwriter Darren Aronofsky mixes the war movie and supernatural thriller genres. After they rescue a trio of survivors that includes a nurse, Claire Page (Olivia Williams), from a British hospital ship sunk by the Nazis, the crew of the American

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Reflecting studio executives' taste for material that crosses genres, this film from director David Twohy and co-screenwriter Darren Aronofsky mixes the war movie and supernatural thriller genres. After they rescue a trio of survivors that includes a nurse, Claire Page (Olivia Williams), from a British hospital ship sunk by the Nazis, the crew of the American submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark comes to believe that their vessel is haunted. The unexpected death of their commander forces first officer Lt. Brice (Bruce Greenwood) to take command, trying to avoid a German destroyer on the hunt for his ship, while investigating the series of mysterious incidents that are terrifying his crew. Is the Tiger Shark haunted, or is there something otherworldly inhabiting the waters where the sailors are currently trapped? Originally entitled "Proteus," this project was slated to be Aronofsky's follow-up to Pi (1998), but the writer/director opted to helm Requiem for a Dream (2000) instead. Below co-stars Scott Foley, Zach Galifianakis, Dexter Fletcher, and Holt McCallany.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
It's too bad this haunted sub thriller got lost in the marketing with Ghost Ship, a similarly-themed effort that opened nearly simultaneously to negative reviews in October of 2002. Director David N. Twohy creates the same eerie vibe of his Pitch Black (the sting rays even make a brief appearance), casting the sets in unsettling, uncertain light and making every character a suspect. The acting is restrained, to the detriment of a few scenes that bog down the pace a bit, but Matt Davis should make sure anyone involved with Indiana Jones sequels sees this -- there are some shots that make him look exactly like a young Harrison Ford. Enemy depth charges and mass paranoia give rise to effective wartime action, but heightening the haunting aspects -- and the unexpected ending -- are Twohy and co-writer Darren Aronofsky's main goal. Thriller, action and horror renters will be on top of Below.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
In the handsome, haunting submarine thriller Below, the usual perils of deep-sea maneuvers are heightened by psychic unraveling.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
An ingenious hybrid of submarine movie and ghost story. And there's a wee bit of Macbeth in there too.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2011
UPC:
0096009761998
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
1:46:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Greenwood Lt. Brice
Olivia Williams Claire Page
Holt McCallany Lt. Loomis
Scott Foley Coors
Zach Galifianakis Weird Wally
Jason Flemyng Stumbo
Dexter Fletcher Kingsley
Nick Chinlund Chief
Andrew Howard Hoag
Christopher Fairbank Pappy
Matthew Davis Capt. Douglas O'Dell
David Crow Sonar

Technical Credits
David N. Twohy Director,Screenwriter
Darren Aronofsky Producer,Screenwriter
Sue Baden-Powell Producer
David Daniels [countertenor] Asst. Director
Felicia Fasano Casting
Scott Martin Gershin Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Hole Art Director
Dan Hubbard Casting
Martin Hunter Editor
Mark Indig Co-producer
Charles Lee Production Designer
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Anne McCarthy Casting
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Richard Roberts Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Rona Executive Producer
Lucas Sussman Screenwriter
Mary Vernieu Casting
Elizabeth Waller Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Watson Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Ian Wilson Cinematographer
Michael Zoumas Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Below
1. Speedy Rescue [6:36]
2. Spreading the News [6:14]
3. Evasive Action [7:02]
4. Little Secrets [7:05]
5. The Speaking Dead [6:45]
6. The Bottom [5:39]
7. Hooks [4:31]
8. Lucky Bastards [7:45]
9. In a Bad Way [9:18]
10. Precautions [6:34]
11. Back from the Deep [6:47]
12. Things Fall Apart [13:24]
13. Opportunity [4:29]
14. Prepare to Scuttle [3:23]
15. Dead and Buried [9:39]

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