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'Beneath' mines solid thrills amid claustrophobic setting
'Beneath' mines solid thrills amid claustrophobic setting

Said to be inspired by true events, the well-crafted "Beneath" proves a taut, atmospheric if not especially deep thriller about the aftermath of a coal mine collapse. A committed cast, solid production design and nimble cinematography highlight this often grim and claustrophobic experience. The morning after a boozy retirement party for coal miner George Marsh (Jeff Fahey), George, his co-workers (Brent Briscoe, Joey Kern, Eric Etebari and others), and even his visiting lawyer daughter, Sam (Kelly Noonan), return to the mine for one final workday. In short order, however, this handful of men plus one ill-prepared woman are trapped 600 feet below ground after a support wall...