For nearly two months, the USS Newark, carrying an experimental, top-secret military cargo, has been lost at sea. When the sub is finally discovered sixty miles off the coast of California, the government, eager to regain the lost cargo, assembles a highly-accomplished salvage team, accompanied by Dr.Carly Ryan - head of the original project - and her assistant. Unaware of the danger lurking within the sub, the team is sent in to recover the cargo and determine the cause of the ship's disappearance.
Directed by: Martin Munthe
. Starring: Jordi Almeida
, James Cagnard
, Casey Clark
, Richard Froelich
, Tom Huntington
, Daniella Kimber
, Michelle Meadows
, Christopher Persson
, Erich Silva
. Music by: Thomas Rydell
Following the reappearance of a thought-lost submarine containing top-secret material, a rescue team, Dr. Carly Ryan, (Michelle Meadows) Dom Paterno, (Richard Froelich) and Miss Winters, (Daniella Vesterlund) with a squad of Marines are sent to the submerged sub. Upon finding the submarine crew in pieces, they decide to get the ship's cargo before anything happens to it. As they venture further and further into the sub, they are attacked and killed one-by-one by a swarm of scorpions. Revealing them to be genetically mutated scorpions, Dr. Ryan helps the Marines to get off the ship safely.
The Good News: There's some rather nice stuff here. The best part is it's undeniable charm and cheesy feel. There's not a whole lot more going on other than those two, and the five the movie a nice little feel that will surely affect the more cheese-friendly fans out there. It's all in there for them to enjoy, and it supplies it quite nicely. The setting gives the film a great, claustrophobic setting that has a great feel to it. The circumstances around it make it all the better, as we know that they're trapped and that adds a lot to the suspense involved. The film does have some rather nice action sequences later on, and they're not quite that bad. The initial sweep of the submarine features lots of good gun-play, and a couple of chases later on aren't that bad either. The rest isn't all that bad.
The Bad News: There are several things in here that weren't spectacular. The fact the film offers so few shots of the creatures is a good thing, as they look so bad and unrealistic that it's almost impossible to really be frightened of them. It's not so much that they're fake, but the fact that they're so obviously fake is what's distracting. Whatever is used to depict them in whatever scenario they're used, as either the CGI ones that get the most screen-time, or the robotic versions that are around less, the creatures are uniformly fake no matter what and shouldn't cause much of a scare. They are also seen so late in the film that the first half is mostly an inconsequential bore. Nothing happens other than getting them on-board and looking around. There's no way it should've taken up that much screen time, as other films have done it before with the same storyline and their's isn't anywhere this long. To say that this doesn't have any real originality at all would be useless, as it's one large cliché after another and really shouldn't have been brought up. All the hallmarks of a traditional creature feature.
The Final Verdict: A nice little cheesy creature feature that doesn't offer much new and purely rests on it's tone and atmosphere to get it's entertainment from it. The fact that it's the best part about the film means that those that doesn't this kind of film will be bored or upset through the movie, and are therefore not advised on it.
Review by slayrrr666 from the Internet Movie Database.