Released ten years after "Alien" and seven years after "The Thing," George P. Cosmatos' deep sea horror film, "Leviathan," liberally borrows from both of those films. While it can not hold a candle to them, Cosmatos' film provides sturdy, if derivative, thrills, and is a surehanded genre entry.
Focusing on the well-cast crew of an undersea mining rig, the film takes its time to introduce its characters before those characters' lives are threatened by a dangerous organism. Peter Weller is grounded and charismatic as the crew chief; and the other roles, filled by Daniel Stern, Amanda Pays, Ernie Hudson, are performed deftly. Solid, practical creature effects and well-paced suspense also elevate "Leviathan."
Despite its rather unoriginal nature, "Leviathan" works. The film is effective, well designed, and entertaining. It is a quick moving, tonally straightforward, and fun horror film.