Below the Earth’s Surface (2008)

Below the Earth's Surface (2008) tmdb posterBelow the Earth’s Surface (or Gaping Abyss) is a German action TV 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 (the Borussia-Park in Möchengladbach, site of WWC 2011) 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. You might want to avoid the stadium restrooms after this movie. Other scenes are borrowed from Armageddon and Journey to the Center to the Earth. If you’re going to steal, steal from the best.

Original title is “Abgrund – Eine Stadt stürzt ein” (Abyss – A city collapses).

A DVD with dubbed English is on Netflix. No extras on the DVD.

SoccerMovieMom Rating = 5


Release Date: 2008-06-02 (German TV)
Director: Sebastian Vigg