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Submergence (2018)



Critic Consensus: A slow-moving misfire, Submergence isn't as deep as it thinks it is -- but still manages to drown its stars in a drama whose admirable ambitions remain almost entirely unfulfilled.

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James (James McAvoy) is a British agent under the cover of a water engineer, while Danny (Alicia Vikander) is a bio-mathematician working on a deep-sea diving project to explore the origin of life on our planet. On a chance encounter in a remote resort in Normandy where they both prepare for their respective missions, they fall rapidly, and unexpectedly, into each other's arms and a deliriously wild love affair develops, even though their jobs are destined to separate them. Danny sets off on a perilous quest to dive to the bottom of the ocean. James's assignment takes him to Somalia, where he is sucked into a geopolitical vortex that puts him in grave danger. Both characters are subject to different kinds of isolation as they pine for each other; their determination to reconnect becomes as much an existential journey as a love story.

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James McAvoy
as James Moore
Alicia Vikander
as Danielle Flinders
Alexander Siddig
as Dr. Shadid
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Critic Reviews for Submergence

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (12)

These scenarios may seem like exotic action fare, but the film, adapted from a novel by J.M. Ledgard and gracefully directed by Wim Wenders, tends toward romance and philosophy.

April 7, 2020 | Full Review…

This is the film of an old man who has retained a humble, almost naive attitude to experience, an awareness there are depths he has left unplumbed. There is something quite moving about this.

August 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The audience is left, then, submerged in two very different movies where the protagonists are going to sink or swim - but unsatisfyingly - not together.

April 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The actors and the filmmaking are seductive enough that Submergence isn't a chore to sit through, but it's not engrossing, either.

April 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Despite the potent raw material at his disposal, Wenders listlessly flips back and forth between the two backdrops, allowing any remaining element of dramatic tension to slowly seep out along the way.

April 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Ms. Dignam's script distills the novel into middlebrow Hollywood treacle.

April 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Submergence

It is hard to care about anything here: the cheap love story, the half-baked motivations or the numerous times someone looks at a cell phone and doesn't send a message - and it only works when discussing (yet superficially) the atrocities committed in the worst corners of this planet.

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