Sam Marsh (Kelly Noonan), daughter of retiring coal-miner George (Jeff Fahey) makes a bet with his mining buddies that she can manage a day underground to prove that women can do as good a job as men. Unfortunately, while down there, disaster strikes and the team is trapped with dwindling air. But that isn’t the only problem: something else may be down in the mine with them. Something homicidal. Something ghostly.
Beneath, directed by Ben Ketai, and written by Patrick Doody and Chris Valenziano, set off the horseshit-o-meter immediately with the intertile that claims it was inspired by “true events”. Really? Hackles up, and suspension of disbelief scraping zero, I still persevered with the movie. And I’m still not sure if I regret that decision or not. There are some interesting moments in the film, but none that amount to something special. The plot is pedestrian at best, the direction fairly standard with only a few moments that could be described as inspired, and the whole thing seems to be a film made of bits that would have been edited out of other movies. That’s not entirely fair: the story is coherent enough, but it’s… it’s just “meh”, as you young people might say. You watch the film unfold, from the drawn out “getting to know you” establishing the characters, few of which are of any interest. Sam is feisty, ok. She has a love interest in Randy (Joey Kern), fine. There’s a young rookie, Grubbs (Mark L Young), so far so cliche. George Marsh has a lung problem, well, of course. And there is the obligatory asshole in the form of Masek (Eric Etibari), naturally. Then they all go down the mine.