At the start of Something Beneath, a man gets decapitated by a pair of Maximum Overdrive excavators. We see his head go off. Then in the next scene, we see his body and his head is on it. The characters even say “dude, look at his face” after the classic lines like “dude, he is so dead” and “days without a workplace injury zero.” Before the 5-minute mark, the film has already told us that it doesn’t give a damn about continuity and that isn’t a good sign.
What made the excavators kill the dude? Probably something beneath the ground. They are building a suburb there or whatever it’s called. Destroying the forest land and causing issues with the local wildlife according to a scientist. The capitalists aren’t impressed by his “climate change nonsense.” I think we aren’t either because the two characters that believe in reality are depicted as a pathetic scientist and a Dave Foley lookalike with asthma and low self-esteem. There is also an obnoxious celebrity who fakes caring about the environment for clout.
It’s weird because the film’s premise is that humans release a fear toxin slime because they didn’t respect nature, so one would think that the voices of reason would be the heroes. The explanation is probably the fact that the film stars far-right crackpot D-list actor Kevin Sorbo who is vehemently against saving the planet in real life.
The premise is interesting, although the reveal of the black goo origins is as lame as anything that “faith” can defeat. The acting is bad, even for a TV film and the movie is mostly boring.