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The submarine U.S.S. Manta had a perfect record until the mysterious death of its captain. The next-in-command, Lt. Richard Brice is determined to steer his disheartened crew back to safety. But after three battle survivors board the sub, bizarre and frightening things begin to happen. As the eerie tale unfolds, and crew members begin to disappear.
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Review Very Good "nothing is certain, and every
camera shot looks good...The downside is that nothing is clear, either. Dramatic
murk is the condition Twohy likes best, and sometimes Below drifts into
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Review Average "Situations don't come much more claustrophobic, and if the
payoff doesn't quite live up to the build-up, the film is still an enjoyable
exercise in claustrophobic suspense.''
Review Good "Twohy tosses the range of haunted house oddities into a
submarine setting and poses the classic genre question: is the place spooked, or
is it in their heads? The answer is regrettably not as gratifying as the menu of
teases cooked up by the filmmakers."
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The journey begins as the crew of the USS Tiger Shark, a World
War II sub prowling mid-Atlantic waters, heads for its homeport in Connecticut. At the
end of a long and deadly mission, the crew is ordered to take on three survivors of a torpedoed
British hospital ship. To the shock of the men, the refugees include a female nurse, who reminds them of the
age-old fable that a woman on a submarine brings bad luck. Indeed, bad luck ensues, as the sub
finds itself unable to surface, putting everyone at risk of oxygen deprivation. Making matters worse,
the alluring new passenger begins to ask probing questions about a recent death aboard the sub.
Soon, the crew finds itself battling not just for the Allies but
for their own sanity as apparitions, disturbing noises and spontaneous accidents begin to plague the
journey home. The chain of command breaks down, as does the men's courage and certainty,
until absolute chaos reigns in the tight spaces of the boat. Is it lack of air causing primal fears
to emerge? Are the untrustworthy newcomers playing some sort of deadly game? Could it be the
unsettling presence of a woman? Or is there something aboard the sub that, like the crew, cannot find
a way out?