Friday, December 19, 2014

Movie Review: 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea (2007)

30,000 Leagues Under the Sea (2007) - USA - Not Rated
Directed by Gabriel Bologna
Stars Lorenzo Lamas, Sean Lawlor, Natalie Stone, Kim Little

Despite low expectations going in, this movie still manages to sink to new depths.

A submarine is attacked by a giant squid and sinks to the ocean floor. In light of this crisis, a salvage and rescue operation is put together pairing an ex-husband and wife with a new invention that would allow a diver to go to even lower depths than previously possible. But things are not as easy as they seem for someone is already waiting below and doesn't want the earthbound world invading his.

When you start to watch an Asylum made movie, two things that come to mind is that it is going to be cheaply made and likely have a stupid script, but it is going to be entertaining; they fail on that last point in this production. Rather than being a sequel to 20,000 Leagues, this is basically a retelling of the story, and not a good one at that. The Nautilus submarine in this story is suppose to be a super-huge submarine that rarely surfaces, if ever, yet it is filled with modern props, some still with UPC codes intact, and lifestyles; and complete with concrete floors and other inconsistent interior sets. Much of the lack of attention to props and art direction is much the same with the story filled with huge holes. To top this off let's throw in some poor acting and special effects straight from the Irwin Allen reject pile. Not a pleasure to watch unless you just really have nothing at all possibly better to experience painful hemorrhoids.

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