“Underwater”

Here is the sea, vast and wide, teeming with creatures beyond number, living things both great and small.  There the ships pass, and Leviathan, which You formed to frolic there.  All creatures look to You to give them their food in due season…(Psalm 104: 25-27)

Here we are, in January, and Hollywood is releasing movies that for whatever reason, they’ve had on the shelves for a while, throwing it out there and hoping to recoup at least a little revenue from expenses already incurred.

Others went out to sea in ships, conducting trade on the mighty waters (Psalm 107:23)

So here we have a deep-sea exploration company, far out in the Pacific, drilling all the way to the ocean floor, where the pressure per square inch at that depth is considerable, and hardly fit for human habitation.  In fact, our intrepid crew seems to be going a little bonkers, starting to blur the distinction between drudgery and dream.  The first hint of danger was funny noises, and water leaking in.  Then the explosions start.

Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook, or tie down his tongue with a rope? Job 41:1

A few of the crew manage to escape in those high-tech diving outfits, thinking they will walk the ocean floor, if they have to, in order to find the next substation. But they encounter some scary carnivores, who act like they do not like trespassers in their watery lair.  In typical horror movie fashion, our frightened survivors start getting picked off one by one.

You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You fed him to the inhabitants of the wilderness. Psalm 74:14

As if that’s not enough scary stuff for you, we now meet the huge creature of the deep, who’s not going to be taken out unless somebody decides to blow up the core of the rig, and sacrifice themselves to save the others.

In that day, the Lord will take His sharp, great, and mighty sword, and bring judgment on Leviathan, the fleeing serpent----Leviathan, the coiling serpent---and He will slay the dragon of the sea. Isaiah 27:1

Well, it’s a Hollywood kind of substitutionary atonement.  “Underwater,” as scary movies go, does carry some suspense, albeit in the form of a lot of difficult-to-see underwater sequences, and difficult-to-hear dialogue.  The viewer has to really work to understand what’s happening, but then, the suspense is part of the dark fun, right?  And don’t worry, nobody in the movie quotes any scripture.  Leviathan is entirely legendary.  Or is it?

 

Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, DFW Film Critics Association