Pressure (★★★ Empire Review)

PressureSquareThere’s a tense, claustrophobic thriller to be made from the premise of four men trapped in a diving bell beneath the ocean, with time, oxygen and hopes of rescue running out – but it might take a Mamet or a Pinter to do justice to it. (No pressure, then.) A game cast and a promising director (Offender’s Scalpello) do their best with the material, but there is only so much any of them can do with a screenplay that, try as it might, fails to create interesting, distinctive or sympathetic characters, much less realise the potential of a potent premise.


It’s hardly the breathless claustrophobic thriller it could have been – and certainly no Das Boot – but director and cast acquit themselves admirably, and there are a few tense moments.


About David Hughes: Published Work

Empire and Time Out film critic, screenwriter of award-winning drama "Where the Road Runs Out", and MD of movie marketing agency Synchronicity, and author of books about Kubrick, Lynch and films that were never made.

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