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I'd Walk a Mile for a Rescue

Underwater (2020) on IMDb

Plot Overview

A graphical narrative with voice-over describes the world's deepest drill sustaining extremely high pressures at seven miles down in the Mariana Trench. The Roebuck Station was closed along with a coverup, and now Tian Industries has opened a neighboring Kepler Station with some 200–300 personnel in residence.

Having had her sleep cycle disrupted by lack of sunshine, diminutive, dishabille Norah Price (Kristen Stewart) is punc­tilious­ly brushing her teeth in a large deserted wash­room in the station. She examines a long-legged house spider trapped in the curved porcelain sink and asks, "What are you doing here?—this movie is not big on dialogue. She fashions an escape path for it from a paper towel.

star burst SOSA drop of water lands on her neatly trimmed head—not a good sign. The station shakes and all hell breaks loose. Norah runs down a deserted corridor, finds an electronic terminal and types in some commands (“Shut the door now.”) A water­tight door closes just ahead of a flood. Norah is an engineer: mechanical, not electrical, but she can still crawl into spaces to throw circuit breakers. The station is 70% compromised and the antenna is gone.

Another night owl there with her is one black Rodrigo (Mamoudou Athie.) He's just a general laborer lacking even the skills to close the door. Following some moans they extract co-worker Paul (T.J. Miller) from the rubble who remarks with delight upon seeing Norah: a “sweet, flat-chested, elfin creature.”

After plotting a path to a rallying point and finding their way partially blocked by debris, Norah offers to squeeze through first as she's the thinnest. Rodrigo concedes that he's too big to try first. Now, this discussion about body size, and Norah's flat-chestedness, after being seen in her skivvies, brings unbidden to mind the rumor of the Negro's elongated sex member. It's no big deal here, except we're made aware of a difference of race.

Then there's the Roebuck Station. Department store founders Sears & Roebuck weren't Jewish but had Jewish backers, backers who, some of them, provided rare oppor­tun­ities for blacks at a time when they had few friends in big business. As for the Kepler Station, Johannes Kepler (1571–1630) was a German mathe­ma­tician who formulated laws governing the motions of planets around the sun. He was a pious Lutheran in a Lutheran country, who fared better than did Galileo at the hands of the Catholics in his. We may expect the Kepler Station to be run by science, not superstition.

pool partyGathered at the rallying point with the above three are: Captain Lucien (Vincent Cassel), biologist Emily (Jessica Henwick), and engineer Liam Smith (John Gallagher Jr.) That makes six people to evacuate (not including Paul's stuffed bunny.) Their escape pods having already been deployed, they're left with the one option of suiting up to walk the treacherous mile to Roebuck Station and use theirs. They do have six deep diving suits but one of the helmets has possibly been compromised. So it's a game of musical chairs, the life­boat variation of six survivors for a five-man raft. And one of their number is black.

Kepler's laws of planetary motion state that planets move around the sun in elliptical orbits. The radii of their lines drawn to the sun sweep out equal areas for equal times. Surely in the Kepler Station every­one will be treated equally, and even given that, there's affirm­ative action at the Roebuck Station. If that's not enough, the diving suits cover up all skin color. Except Negroid features would still be discernable through the face plate. The camera comes inside Norah's to capture her elfin face. When a helmet implodes the face inside is gone.


As they make their way to the Midway Station Norah becomes diverted to the abandoned Sheppard Drill Station where she refreshes her equipment before rejoining the remains of her crew on its way to Roebuck. She reads a notice touting the “buddy system” for operating under­water. It's really important when you're not supposed to be out in the water in the first place. It's comparable to Noah and his ark. Let's see how the buddy system worked there.

Noah had three sons, (Gen. 6:10) “And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” They all brought their wives with them into the ark, (Gen. 7:7) “And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.” All four men paired up with their mates. The animals came in two by two, of course, and the clean animals by seven.

After the flood God gave Noah the rainbow sign promising no such flood on earth ever again. The rainbow stacks colors together. Then they had to replenish the earth, (Gen. 9:18-19) “And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth over­spread.” Noah is about to deal differently with Ham than with his other two sons Shem and Japheth, so he pairs Ham with Ham's (youngest) son Canaan.

(Gen. 9:20-23) “And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the naked­ness of his father, and told his two brethren with­out. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went back­ward, and covered the naked­ness of their father; and their faces were back­ward, and they saw not their father's naked­ness.” Shem and Japheth were respectful of their father, but Ham mocked him to his brethren for his nakedness. There were consequences.

(Gen. 9:24-27) “And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son [Ham] had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.” Shem and Japheth were given complementary blessings; they were to be integrated, as it were. Ham's blessing (curse?) was marked in Canaan his son; it being passed down directly there was no separate formulation for Ham.

To understand why Ham and Canaan were paired so, it helps to look at another incident, one involving the prophet Elisha: (2Kings 2:23-24) “And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.” As in the former case it didn't do to mock the man of God for his lack of (hair) covering, although I'd rather have extra chores than a spanking. Why did God send two bears? Seems to me even one was an over­kill (sorry about the pun.)

The thing is one ranging bear could have been a natural derangement. Two of them means some­thing unusual has happened. Same deal there with Noah. He was an old dude, (Gen. 5:32) “And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” Since Noah had no more children after the flood, at a time when they were supposed to be fruitful and multiply, we may suppose his aged wife had quit bearing. Likely she quit before the flood. Maybe her youngest, Ham, was borne by her maid­servant as was the custom back then. Why was Ham so available in Noah's tent if he were not a house servant? If so, then Noah punishing Ham by making him a slave would be like the wicked step­mother punishing Cinderella by making her sweep the floor and do the dishes. She was already doing that, so how could it be a punishment? But if the step­mother were to enslave the offspring of Cinderella and Prince Charming to wash dishes for her step­sisters, why, then it's a generational thing.

(Gen. 10:6) “And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.” Cush is Hebrew for black. The progeny of Ham settled in Africa from whom came the African-American in the under­water crew when they had to sort out their excursion members. Rodrigo helped dig out a survivor but he may not have been destined to dwell in the drill stations of Shem.

Production Values

” (2020) was directed by William Eubank. Its screenplay was written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad. It stars Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel and Jessica Henwick. Cassell was great as the station's captain. Kristen Stewart gave a good performance as an engineer faced with life or death decisions. T.J. Miller gave his crew member role some spicy character.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for sci-fi action and terror, and brief strong language. The visual effects suc­cess­fully generate a claustro­phobic environ­ment of impending danger. Cinema­tog­rapher Bojan Bozelli was far from shy, playing it straight with a steady camera on disturbing scenes. The visual was complemented by an electronic score from Marco Beltrami and Brandon Roberts.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

This film starts off running and doesn't let up. It's a fast paced under­water creature feature with scares galore. The drama is right up there as well. I consider it worth­while viewing for some­one who likes terror.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Amazing special effects. Video Occasion: Fit For a Friday Evening. Suspense: Don't watch this movie alone. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.