Review: What Lies Below (2020)

  • Director: Braden R. Duemmler
  • Writer: Braden R. Duemmler
  • Stars: Ema Horvath, Mena Suvari, Trey Tucker


When Liberty (Horvath) returns home, she discovers that her mother (Suvari) now has a boyfriend (Tyler). A perfect man, body and soul, except is he too perfect?

From the outset of Liberty coming home and meeting John, there is this weird sexual pressure between them. Liberty finds John attractive but it’s John’s demeanour and nature that creates this pressure. His mysterious nature brings forth an internal conflict within Liberty.

Horvath and Tyler play well off each other, Suvari however is kind of sidelined and her character isn’t one you can really warm too. Duemmler has written a good script here, even if it does give away a bit too early. That being said you don’t know what ‘it’ will be and you are questioning your own suspicions right up until ‘it’ happens. The script starts to explore the questions like – Is John really strange or is it Liberty’s own mind and imagination that is creating the supposed problems? Unfortunately it doesn’t really expand on this idea.

Duemmler directs the film well, always trying to keep shots interesting and managing to pull off a couple of really great moments that belie the film’s budget. It doesn’t compromise on the ending and it isn’t afraid to tell a story that doesn’t necessarily have a tidy ending.

What Lies Below is available on VOD now.

Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78

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