Brian Yuzna is an established an well-known name in a horror movie world. Yet to me, he would always be memorable for “Society”, a film truly unique, and one of a kind. Righ now its 2012, and so far Yuzna has only directed only three movies in the past 9 years or so.
Before shooting “Amphibious 3D” in 2010, Yuzna directed “Rottweiler” in 2004, and “Beneath Still Waters” in 2005 – two mediocre horror movies. “Amphibious 3D” is Yuzna’s latest directing effort, and frankly it does not stand out a lot, even compared to the two previously mentioned movies. Let’s see why…
The story of “Amphibious 3D” centers on marine biologist Skylar Shane (Janna Fassaert), who hires a charter boat captain Jack Bowman (Michael Pare) to help her find fossils, prehistoric life form samples in the north Sumatran Sea.
During the trip, our heroes bump into some of Bowman’s “friends” – a gang of smugglers, who roam the sea on a fishing platform. There’s an orphan named Tamal, who was sold to the smugglers, and now works on this platform.
Tamal usually gets harassed by other crew members, and seeing Skylar, the oprhan begs her to take him away. She empathizes with the boy, who reminds her of her lost daughter, Rebecca, and is determined to help him, not knowing what lurks beneath the dark inky water, waiting to surface.
And from there on, the horror starts to reveal itself in the form of a “creature” that we don’t get to see until the end of the film. Ever since Tamal arrived, mysterious things begin to happen, until one by one the smugglers are viciously killed by this creature from the deep.
And when it finally shows itself, and some secrets are revealed, Skylar and Bowman have to find this mysterious connection between Tamal and the creature, in order to stop it.
According to IMDb, there were several writers responsible for the script, and it shows – at times it looks like the plot and scenes do not match each other very well.
Speaking of the creature, during the film everything we see makes us think of one beast, and in the end of the film we see a completely different creature. And yes, all the killings and the creature itself are CGI – the “Society” times are long gone.
Michael Pare’s career had its ups and downs, and in this film he looks fresh, somewhat ripped and actually seems like he’s enjoying his part. Who knows, maybe he just liked the locations, so accepted the part.
The point is, Yuzna had some raw materials to work with here, I think, so the movie looks like it lacks something, and therefore doesn’t stand in line with Yuzna’s better directing works.
However, if you do like horrors and happen to be a Yuzna fan, check it out. It’s probably the locations that I loved most about the film, as if it wasn’t for them, the film would look like another Asylum “masterpiece”. Feel free to check out the trailer below.
BZFILM SCALE: 3/10
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