Let me just say, Aquanox Deep Descent is a first for me. Yes, there are firsts in my tenure here, even after months and months of writing about cool games, movies and characters. That’s not to say that my colleagues and I haven’t written about anything remotely similar or remotely related. I’ve already written about sharks, the feared creatures of the deep sea. While my colleague has written an excellent review of ABZU, one of our finest games on hand. Check it out here. You’re welcome.
Aquanox Deep Descent And The Beauty Of The Deep Blue
Yes, both of our previous posts explored certain aspects regarding the depth of the ocean. But for now, in this post, I’m going to focus on the broader scope of it. While some of them will involve the creatures that occupy the underwater world, some of them won’t. It’s up to you to see which of the movie picks we’ve selected for you. However, before I could go on any further, I have to inform you that Aquanox Deep Descent is currently on sale here at IndieGala. However, that particular sale is not going to last forever, so you’d better hurry up. You know what to do, and you’re one click away from getting it. Don’t waste it.
But What’s Aquanox Deep Descent All About?
Well, not to brag, but Aquanox Deep Descent is our rather fresh new addition to the IndieGala game selection. Published just recently by THQ Nordic GmbH and developed by Digital Arrow, it’s a first-person underwater vehicle shooter. Furthermore, the players control a variety of customizable ships and engage in fierce battles in the dystopian deep sea world of Aqua.
Why you might ask? Well, In the near future the Earth’s surface has become uninhabitable. What remains of humankind lives in former mining and research stations, deep below the surface of the sea.
So, the game allows you to take control of a team of highly trained fighter pilots and send your enemies down to Davy Jones’ Locker with well-aimed torpedoes. Moreover shrapnel blasts, mines are also at your disposal and journey will take you into the deepest trenches of our Earth.
Finally, Aquanox Deep Descent is a re-imagining of both the gameplay and world of the original AquaNox-series. So, get your gear on, and strap in. The deep bellow awaits you. But that’s all fine and dandy. Which movies have we picked to go with this game? Well, as I previously mentioned, all of the movie picks on this list take place underwater, and explore the beauty that lies under the surface. Yes, Pressure, Bellow, Underwater, Deep Blue Sea can all fit here on this list. But I’d love to know your picks as well. Let’s descent. Shall we?
The Abyss has submarines, divers, conspiracy theories, aliens and so much more. Oh, it’s also one of James Cameron’s most underrated movies. That just happens to be tainted by the tales of its troubled production. Seriously, the tales of the complicated, over-budget shoot plagued with tensions and nervous breakdowns are not legendary. But people forget that 1. Cameron is a perfectionist. 2. He can do visual storytelling like no other. 3. This is still to this day an incredible Si-Fi movie with fantastic performances. Most notably from Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and the regular in Cameron’s movies Michael Biehn.
Fun fact: Ed Harris has publicly refused to speak about his experiences working on the film, saying “I’m not talking about The Abyss and I never will”. The only register with Harris speaking about his experiences doing the movie is in the documentary Under Pressure: Making ‘The Abyss’ (1993). Similarly, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio said, “The Abyss was a lot of things. Fun to make was not one of them.”
Another favorite of mine, but from the late ’90s. Likewise, a movie that wasn’t a huge success after the release. And a Si-Fi movie that is set mostly underwater. Surprisingly it’s quite similar to Abyss, but with different alien life forms. Not to mention Sphere has an array of fantastic actors in the cast (Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, just to name a few) and a solid director Barry Levinson. But I like this movie quite a lot to be honest.
Sure it could have been better (especially in the second half) but it’s a decent movie for what it is. Even with the special effects of the time. But it’s also about a crew of scientists sent to the deeps of the ocean to investigate a mysterious sphere. It’s as mysterious as the deep blue, but frightening at the same time. Oh, and Samuel L. Jackson worked on this film during the week, and then work on Jackie Brown on the weekends. He was one busy man indeed.
Sharks and Jason Statham in one movie. In fact, it’s about one really big shark (megalodon to be exact) that will make things difficult for a crew of deep-water rescue team in the Marianas Trench. Led by Jason Statham’s character Jonas Taylor. But aside from Statham, there’s also an interesting mix of international actors. Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson are also in the cast, and so is Masi Oka. And it’s as fun and ludicrous movie, as you’d expect to see from a Jason Statham movie. It’s grandiose, megalomaniac and insane, but actually fun to watch. I’m not ashamed to say that I had a kick out of it.
Fun fact: Actresses Bingbing Li and Ruby Rose both appeared in films from the “Resident Evil” franchise. Li appeared in Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and Rose appeared in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016).
Frankly, I had no hopes for this particular blockbuster in 2018, but I was pleasantly surprised. The casting of Jason Momoa is superb as Arthur Curry, and so was Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the role of Black Manta. Not to mention Tamuera Morison, whom I adore since childhood. And quite frankly so does the lead actor. Jason Momoa specifically requested Temuera Morrison, one of Momoa’s acting idols, for the role of Arthur’s father Tom Curry, and I love that.
However, I have some bones to pick with the presence of Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson. Why were they thinking with these two? I know the director is huge fan of Patrick, but Amer? Ughhh. Those were the weakest chains in the acting department I must say. But all in all, this was a decent movie from DC. Agreed, the VFX could have been done better, (the script too) but for what it is it’s a solid work from DC.
Which movies would you add here? Which ones are your favorite underwater movies? Tell us in the comment below. We’d love to know all about them.
Aquanox Deep Descent: Will You Be Trying It Out?
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