A group of underwater deep-sea miners are coming to the end of their term. Morale is low and leadership is dwindling. After a couple suit malfunctions and one of the crew members getting lost on the ocean floor they finally hit the end of their ropes. With only days left two miners discover an old Soviet wreck on the ocean floor. Oblivious to the consequences the miners bring back a dangerous cargo to their ocean floor station. Now the team must survive against a genetic mutation if they ever want to see the surface again.
The film adapts so much from films like Aliens, The Thing, The Abyss, and even Sphere that it's hard not to like this one. I know your first impulse for those words is "RIP OFF!!" but I didn't view it that way. I mean how can you argue the performances of Peter Weller (Robocop), Richard Crenna (Rambo trilogy), Ernie Hudson (The Crow, cough*
After revisiting the scenes and emotions from those movies we love so much it was hard for me not to have a good time with this one. Although the dialog and acting gets a little shaky at times I was still impressed with the budget and the heart put into the film. There is enough substance for you to care, enough tension to make you scream, and enough originality to prevent you from feeling cheated. But the soul of our classics is thick in the room.
Besides...The director of Leviathan is none other than George P. Cosmotos (RIP). You may think you don't know him but trust me... you know his work well. Can anyone remember the 80s greats Cobra or First Blood Part 2? Maybe not, but surely you all know and love
If you have a flavor for anything I've mentioned on this post then I highly recommend this film. I am not saying watch it for its original ideas or ground breaking effects. I am saying watch it because it nods and respects everything you love about those special movies of old.
I am rating it a 2* for the simple fact that you will only like it if you appreciate it. Does that make sense?