A thriller pared to the absolute basics, UNDERTOW is an insignificant affair, despite the participation filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow (NEAR DARK, STRANGE DAYS) as co-writer.
Drifter Jack Ketchum (Lou Diamond Phillips) runs off the road in a forest during a thunderstorm. He awakens at gunpoint in the secluded cabin lair of violent recluse Lyle Yates (Charles Dance), who resides with his abused young bride Willie (Mia Sara), acquired at age 13 to pay her father's debts.
Despite a hurricane evacuation in progress, paranoid Lyle refuses to leave. Instead, he and Jack play games of macho one-upsmanship, utilizing the cabin's supply of bladed weapons and beartraps. Willie...