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"In the dark silence of the sea during World War II, the submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark prowls on what should be a routine rescue mission. But for the shell-shocked crew, trapped together in the sub's narrow corridors and constricted spaces, this is about to become a journey into the sensory delusions, mental deceptions and runaway fear that lurk just below the surface of the ocean and deep inside the human psyche."

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Phil Davies Brown
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Review Date: 08 September 2003 My Rating: out of 5


Looking disturbingly similar to the so-so 'Ghost Ship', I wasn't sure what to expect from this film which has suffered a post-production fate as scary as the one the characters endure in the movie.

First announced in , it sat on the shelf for at least a year before receiving a limited release last year stateside, and despite good reviews has gone the striaght to video route in the rest of the world.

Matt Davis, Bruce Greenwood and co, star as the crew of a WWII submarine that rescues survivors from a hospital ship that has been attacked, including 'The Sixth Sense' star Olivia Williams and the UK's very own Dexter 'Press Gang' Fletcher.

At first, tensions are rife as things begin to go wrong for the superstitious crew, who believe that the female presence is to blame for their misfortune. However it soon becomes apparent that something else is the cause.

'Pitch Black' Director David Twohy creates a very eerie atmosphere onboard the creaking, claustrophobic submarine, which helps the cast give very credible performances amongst the many wide and varied scary set pieces.

However the best thing about the film is it's very good story, which hides a very dark secret and allows for some wonderful use of imagery.

The film concludes very nicely and left me wondering why it didn't receive the release that it deserved, as it is a far better and entertaining film than some of the trash that gets a theatrical release these days!!

I think it's a shame that studio's don't know how to market a film unless it's full of T&A or gross-out material.

A solid script and cast make for a beautifully shot and atmospheric film from a very competent director. A horror movie for the thinking man. And I also loved the little visual nod to 'Pitch Black'.

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