MGM Released 1989


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George P. Cosmatos
Leviathan is 1989 action adventure written by David Webb Peoples and directed by George P. Cosmatos. Geologist Steve Beck (Peter Weller) is sent to direct operations on a undersea mining rig operated by the Tri-Oceanic Corporation. Soon after he arrives, a crew member, Buzz 'Sixpack' Parrish (Daniel Stern), finds a sunken Soviet submarine. When the crew explores the submarine they find and retrieve a safe. Within the safe the crew finds documents suggesting that the Soviet sub crew suffered from a mysterious illness and a rash of murders in the days before the sinking. Also contained in the safe is a flask of liquid. Sixpack secretly takes the flask thinking that it is vodka. Later that night he drinks from the flask, and quickly becomes ill. He soon begins to change. The next day he is found dead and put into storage. Soon, people begin to die and the crew realizes that something terrible is on board. As they fight for survival they discover that the Soviet submarine not only contains a genetic lab but also was sunk by a soviet torpedo. Obviously something horrific happened on the sub, and now it is on the Tri-Oceanic rig.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    A lively, well-made schlock thriller that will doubtlessly be forgotten in two weeks, but in the meantime should provide a few pleasant evenings for fans of the genre.

  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    A decent cast, led by Peter Weller (as the geologist/hero) and Rambo vet Richard Crenna (as Doc), grapples gamely with the script and hauls down the paychecks. [21 Mar 1989, p.C7]

  • 50

    USA Today

    As underwater adventure, Leviathan is so much like already forgotten DeepStar Six that they are crusted with the same brine. By the time they come to almost identical conclusions, ...

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