Here is Deep Water 2022 Review, the new Hulu erotic thriller from the famed director of Fatal Attraction and Jacob’s Ladder, who hasn’t made it through film in over two decades. Was Deep Water worth the wait? Let’s talk about it.
Deep Water Review
Deep Water is directed by Adrian Lyne and written by Sam Levinson and Zach Helm. Based upon the novel by Patricia Highsmith. It stars Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, with Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery, Dash Mihok, Finn Wittrock, Kristen Connolly, Jacob Elordi and Rachel Blanchard appearing in supporting roles.
A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.
There is so much about Deep Water that truly had me excited for what was to come. First off, we have Fame director Adrian Lynn returning to helm a movie after over two decades away from the spotlights.
And even better, he’s returning to the genre that brought him his notoriety, the erotic thriller. Then we have Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas leading the film. And their chemistry just had to be Dynamite, right?
Because the performers did end up having a real life shortlived relationship that blossomed on the set of this film. And lastly, we have Sam Levinson, the creator of Euphoria, and Zach Helm, who wrote one of my favorite films of all time, Stranger Than Fiction, penning the screenplay based upon a famous novel from The Talented author Patricia Highsmith.
So there was more than enough here to get stoked for what Deep Water had to offer. Unfortunately, all of this culminated into a big fat yawn for me.
Deep Water 2022 follows married couples Vic and Melinda, who at first glance would seem to have it all. The perfect house, the Welltodo friends, the beautiful daughter, but not everything is all Sunshine and rainbows in their home.
Melinda is unhappy in their marriage, so to keep their family together, Vic has agreed that she may have affairs with whomever she pleases just as long as she doesn’t leave him. But as her lovers start to go missing or found murdered, Vic becomes the crime suspect.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is much to admire about when slow burn, let’s call it drama. It is extremely well shot by the veteran director and our two leads are quite good. You can definitely feel their chemistry, although it wasn’t as electric as it would have hoped.
And the biggest compliment that I can give Deep Water is that it most certainly got under my skin and at times made it crawl. But the biggest problem I have with this movie is that our two lead protagonists if you can call them that, are disgustingly vile human beings with little to no redeeming qualities.
The only brownie points I could even think to offer is to Affleck’s character Vic for mostly being a loving father. But Besides that, these two characters are reprehensible.
I hated spending time with the two of them and wish they would just both go crawling to a toxic waste hole somewhere and leave all of the poor SAPS around them to live their life in peace.
Now, many films have succeeded with lead characters who are unlikeable. Take David Fincher’s gong girl, for example, a movie which you will not be able to help but compare this one to.
Both of the lead characters in that film were pretty nasty and did some awful things, but the movie had so much more substance and something to say beyond the likeability of its leads.
Deep Water, unfortunately, doesn’t have much more to offer than what is on the surface.
It’s not very thrilling or intriguing and it’s not even sexy, for God’s sake. And it’s supposed to be an erotic thriller. The arousal and the thrills, sadly, never come to fruition.
Only the uncomfortable skin crawling that I mentioned prior and that’s really as far as deep water is able to get. I don’t want to give anything away, but I knew from the get-go if Vic was guilty or not, as it’s made pretty obvious. So the mystery is never there and in turn, no tension is ever built.
I kind of assumed that Disney and 20th-century Studios pulled this film from their theatrical slate because it was going to be a very hard R.
I mean, this was directed by the guy who pushed the limits of the rating was nine and a half weeks unfaithful and fatal attraction. But honestly, they probably just sent it straight to Hulu because they realized it just wasn’t worth the price of admission.
By the end of Deep Water, I was left just feeling cold and empty. Now once again, I don’t think it’s all bad, but this really should have been so much better with the talent involved.
So I am going to give Deep Water 2022 film 2.5 / 5.
This film moves along at a snail’s pace, which leads me to believe that this film should have been called deep sleep rather than deep water.
But seriously, beyond the film being well directed and acted, this erotic thriller is just neither thrilling nor sexy with two lead characters that you might just want to murder with your own bare hands.
What are your thoughts on Hulu’s deep water? Do you think I’m being too hard on the movie or did it also leave you feeling empty? And What is your favorite erotic thriller? Sound off in the comments section down below.
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Deep Water 2022 Trailer
Watch the trailer of Deep Water 2022, the new erotic thriller film from Hulu.