Below the Earth's Surface","Gaping Abyss (2008) - Der Abgrund - Eine Stadt stürzt ein

‘Below the Earth’s Surface’ (2008) can this stadium be saved?

Below the Earth’s Surface (or Gaping Abyss) is a German TV action movie in a stadium, it is not really a soccer movie. But it has good production values and rolls along at a tense pace.

Borrowing a scene from Jaws, the movie opens with a young couple on a frothy midnight swim. They get sucked into a giant sinkhole along with the entire volume of the lake.

Nina, a student geologist and former miner, sees a trend in the lake, a garage, and other sinkholes. She theorizes that the local mining company did not fill up the mine shafts after the disastrous explosion that killed her brother.

Not only is the hospital in line to collapse, but eventually she realizes, also the stadium where her family members are watching the big game. She leads a party into the mine to set off explosives that will help fill the cavern with sand, but one miner is trying to kill them all. Very Exciting Stuff.

The soccer in this movie consists of stadium shots of the big game. The stadium is Borussia-Park in Möchengladbach, site of Womens World Cup 2011. After seeing this film, you might want to avoid the Borussia-Park restrooms. Other scenes are borrowed from Armageddon and Journey to the Center to the Earth. If you’re going to steal, steal from the best.

5 Soccer Movie Mom Rating = 5


  • Release Date: 2008-06-02 (German TV)
  • The DVD has dubbed English
  • 92 minutes
  • No extras on the DVD
  • Original title is Abgrund – Eine Stadt stürzt ein (Abyss – A city collapses)
  • IMDB
  • Director: Sebastian Vigg
  • I could not find a Trailer but here is the opening sexy scene