COLUMN: “Deep Water” is a dull and uninspired thriller


Drew Coffey

Drew Coffey, Columnist

“Deep Water” was directed by Adrian Lyne, and stars Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Jacob Elordi and Finn Wittrock.

It tells the story of a husband, played by Affleck, who allows his wife, played by Armas, to see other men while staying married to Affleck. As the wife continues to see and engage with other men, her husband begins to act on his malicious jealousy.

To start, this film has a fairly interesting idea for a suspenseful movie about a deteriorating marriage on the brink of collapse.

The cinematography is also very competent, giving a dreary and depressing look to the film. The way that the couple’s house is designed is integral to show the empty, cold nature of their relationship.

Along with the visuals, this film is also very reminiscent of “Gone Girl,” which was directed by David Fincher and starred Affleck in 2014. Like “Gone Girl,” Affleck does a respectable job in showing the subtle and internally enraged emotions of the husband about the relationship between him and his wife.

However, what this film lacks is a consistently entertaining story to keep the viewer engaged.

Throughout the runtime, the suspense of Affleck’s character and the consequences of his actions continue to build until the final act. Unfortunately, the final act leaves much to be desired, leaving the film to look very unorganized in its structure.

The ending tries to connect itself to previous events but is left feeling quite random and unfinished.

While the camerawork does an occasionally decent job at establishing the emotional distance between the film’s couple, it does little to set this film apart from other drama thrillers that are released these days.

As a result of its lack of originality in production, “Deep Water” is a film that makes it difficult for the viewer to remember it shortly after it has ended.

The characters are also a key problem with this film. Affleck and Armas give decent performances, but there is nothing to make you relate to these characters on a personal level.

In the beginning, you are led to feel bad for the husband and the turmoil he is going through with the arrangement. However, as the film goes on, we see certain aspects of his character that halt our sympathy for him drastically.

At the end of the day, what this film is absent of is a true purpose. A reason for the viewer to stay invested in the story and care about the characters within it.

The film does a competent job production-wise, but in the end is faulted by its mundane story. With this, “Deep Water” is a forgettable, dull, and jarring film that raises more questions than it intends to answer.

My overall rating is 2/5.

Drew Coffey is a freshman television and video production major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]