When sisters Ida (Moa Gammel) and Tuva (Madeleine Martin) head off on a Christmas winter dive to a remote location on the Norwegian coast, it’s no big deal for the two of them. After all, they’ve been scuba diving since they were kids – and Tuva has even turned their hobby into a profession, as we see in the intensely intense first scene of Breaking Surface when someone accidentally dives in the harbor during a routine dive starts the turbine of a huge container ship.
The sisters have become a little estranged from each other in recent years, which is why the trip together should also serve to bring them closer together. However, shortly before the end of the dive in Norway, they are surprised by a rockfall. While Tuva is trapped under a rock, Ida can still emerge to the surface. There, however, she is horrified to find that the rockfall has also hit her car, including phones and equipment. In the middle of the icy nowhere she is on her own without any tools to somehow free her sister, who is trapped under water, before the oxygen, which is becoming scarce, runs out completely…
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Breaking Surface delivers icy dive shots, spectacular Norwegian snowscapes and a phenomenally effective score. But there is another point that is almost even more important for the success of the film by director and author Joachim Hedén:
In contrast to other survival thrillers, in which the heroes are trapped underwater, such as in “47 Meters Down” and “47 Meters Down: Uncaged”, Tuva and Ida prove to be real professionals. Tuva, of all people, remains perfectly calm down there, even as her oxygen becomes increasingly scarce. Now you might think that the film is less exciting because of that – but dandelions, exactly the opposite is the case: Precisely because the two of them don’t behave as stupidly as the protagonists* of comparable films, you root for them much more!
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Warning: Spoilers for a single scene from “Breaking Surface” from here on out!
By the way, animal lovers and especially dog fans should think twice about whether they really want to watch “Breaking Surface – Tödliche Tiefen”. In her distress, Ida also breaks into a nearby hut to look for batteries or other possible aids for her rescue operation. However, she is surprised by a guard dog – and although he’s actually only doing his job, he is swept out of the way by the panicked Ida in a way that is not exactly non-violent.
When we saw the film at the German premiere at the Fantasy Filmfest, at least we all agreed after this scene. It doesn’t matter whether Ida can still free her sisters or not – the two of them should pray either way that the hut doesn’t John Wick heard. Because then the sisters might as well just stay down there in their icy grave…
This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.
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