Synopsis:A young woman and her friends, who've been targeted by kidnappers, must do everything they can to survive after their limo is forced off the road and plunged into a canal.
Submerged (2015) is an American drama thriller film that exceeds my expectations. Director Steven C. Miller (Extraction (2015), Automaton Transfusion (2006), The Aggression Scale (2012), Silent Night (2012)) did an average job executing this movie, Steven, however, failed at not taking full advantage of the claustrophobic underwater scenes - why did Matt not take charge and use some of the knowledge he gained in the Army? I was amused to see the director made Matt into a guy that just sits in his seat (although his leg was impaled by something) reflecting on his life and what got him to the point he is in right now - army guy - save the group!!!
Submerged revolves around Matt (Jonathan Bennett - Mean Girls (2004), Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), Love Wrecked (2005)) who was a former Army Ranger and is now a private driver. Matt’s boss is businessman Hank (Tim Daly - Wings (1990), Private Practice (2007), Superman (1996), My Neighbor Totoro (1988)). Hank told Matt that he has to drive his daughter Jessie ( Talulah Riley - Pride & Prejudice (2005), Inception (2010), St. Trinian’s (2007), Thor: The Dark World (2013)) around until she returns to NYU. Jessie is attending NYU College and is home during her break, and that means that Matt has to drive her and her friends around, even when they are intoxicated. A few kidnappers plan on kidnapping Jessie so they can get revenge on Hank. Matt tried his best to save Jessie from the goons as they pursue him in a high-speed chase but could not help from crashing into a lake after swerving off of a bridge. The group tries to escape the vehicle as oxygen is running out under the water. What happens next is not all too exciting except for the ending of the movie.
I was secretly hoping that Jessie’s friends who are so obnoxious would be killed off-screen with ten minutes of seeing them and I am not that type of person. If Jessie’s friends were bantering about something that has to do with the plot then fine let them talk all they want, but it was all trash and nothing to do with the movie. Jessie was knocked out/unconscious for the most of the underwater scene. Submerged failed at making Matt into a hero, but I think the intention was there. The movie is watchable and forgettable so watch at your own risk.
About Submerged 2015
Original Title: The Space Between
Runtime: 99 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Action
Total Avg. Votes: 19
Writers: Scott Milam
Director: Steven C. Miller