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Deep Blue Sea
Bigger. Smarter. Faster. Meaner.
On a remote former submarine refueling facility called Aquatica, a team of scientists are searching for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) genetically engineers three Mako sharks, intending to increase their brain capacity so that they can harvest the tissue as a cure for Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, the increased brain capacity also makes the sharks smarter, faster, and more dangerous. Aquatica's financial backers are skeptical and nervous about the tests, and send a corporate executive (Samuel L. Jackson) to visit the facility.
Deep Blue Sea is a mess, but a deeply entertaining one (if you pardon my stupid pun)
Because it's a mess and because I'm lazy and tired, I'll just provide some thoughts and notes, instead of a proper review:
* First of all, Saffron Burrows. She's pretty and all that, but what a black hole of charisma she is in this movie. I don't think she emoted at all, even when she was in danger. I know, that she was supposed to be the cold, rational scientist, but she acted like she was the coldest cyborg ever built. Her dramatic performance is on par with Ashton Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect (this is not an compliment, as anyone can imagine).…
One of my favourite words in the English language is the verb 'to guffaw'.
I don't guffaw often.
This film, with that one scene, made me guffaw repeatedly. Until it hurt.
It is because of that that it is one of my biggest guilty pleasures.
That and the super smart sharks.
And LL Cool J playing a chef.
And just, you know, stuff blowing up.
This is the very rare type of genre film, that is well received when it hits the theatres, but ages like a fine scotch with every year going by and every shitty shark movie hitting the direct-to-video shelves. It is fun and imaginative, the effects look fantastic and it shits on all the horror movie rules with every single turn it takes.
I am indeed a fan of shark flicks and this is quite easily in my Top 5 of the genre. Watching it the first time in years, it is a gigantic suprise how fresh and intelligent it feels compared to most big budget horror movies of today. Needless to say, it looks fantastic on BluRay!
The Good: Highly entertaining. Stupid fun. Never gets old (no matter how many times they show it on TV). Impressive animatronics. The opening scene. Saffron Burrows. The helicopter sequence. The kitchen scene. Sam Jackson getting eaten by a shark. The ladder scene. Saffron Burrows stripping for no reason. The climax. "You wait your whole life for a single moment and then suddenly it's tomorrow." "He's pissing into the wind! How brilliant can he be?" "Fat butt... you got a big fat butt!" "Eat me, asshole." "You ate my bird." "You stupid bitch!" "They got a pill for what's wrong with you?" "We're going to pull together and we're gonna find a way to get outta here! First, we're gonna seal…
LL Cool J is great and it has some fun moments but I had less fun with it the more it goes on. Also the CG has not held up at all. This is the perfect example of why practical effects always win over CG.
Deep Blue Sea is the only bad shark film you ever need.
Practically every single kill in this film is inventive, it is ludicrous fun (but also unbelievably shocking in certain moments). It also doesn't hurt to have an okay cast ensemble. Some of the special effects are dated, but it still holds up as a palpable genre classic.
I remember seeing this at the cinema with my uncle, and the surf life saving nipper season started the following week. Woe be me. Despite all the humour, I still couldnt sleep the night I first saw the film, SLJ was on my night alllll night long. To this day it's still the only time I ever leapt out of my cinema seat due to a scare (and I wasnt alone).
Part horror film, part action/adventure, part disaster movie, Renny Harlin's "Deep Blue Sea" is high-powered, multi-genre fun. Fast and full of crackling tension, the film is an exciting and full-bodied, pitting human versus nature in a battle of life and death. Harlin's most exhilarating outing, "Deep Blue Sea" is a relentlessly entertaining piece of work.
Yet another version of the "Frankenstein" myth, the film's narrative finds a group of scientists experimenting with shark's brains in order to find a cure for Alzheimer's. Of course, the scientists create monsters of the already-dangerous creatures, and all manner of Mako-generated mayhem breaks loose when the fish outgrow their captivity.
It is a compelling if recognizable story, and Harlin executes it with a ferocious…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
All I remember is Sam Jackson getting torn in half by the shark, and I'm guessing that's all that really matters anyway.
So what if the movie is crammed with one-note cardboard characters that double as stereotypes and other reliable characters in the action world? So what if the script was most likely written on the back of a bar napkin in between showings of 'Jaws' on TNT? So what if the movie is helmed by Mr. ex-Geena Davis with a track record of box office losses always following him? So what? And so what if the best acting in the movie is from animatronic sharks? Because despite all these things the movie is pure fun.
The movie actually offers some genuine thrills and suspense. It's easy to just pigeonhole the movie as another 'Jaws' rip-off, but it's more of a sweet…
Having finally caught up with Terence Davies' heartfelt period drama The Deep Blue Sea (2011) about a doomed romance, it was time to complete a long-gestating project wherein it is thrown into the gladiatorial area in a bitter fight to the death with its near-namesake Deep Blue Sea (1999), Renny Harlin's heart-chomping contemporary drama about super-smart killer sharks on the rampage. Let the Death Match begin! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Does the title make sense?
TDBS It refers to the dilemma faced by the central character. I’ll allow it.
DBS It’s set at sea. Which is blue and deep. I’ll allow it.
Running Score 1-1
Does the Devil actually appear in it?
TDBS No. Don’t be stupid.
DBS No. It’s stupid,…
Man, I love this film so much.
Renny Harlin makes the most of the practical effects (those animatronic sharks look great), and even though the CGI is laughably dated, Harlin keeps the world grounded enough so that suspending my disbelief isn't too hard. The cast does the best with what they've got, which is little more than character archetypes(LL Cool J's comic relief character would be insufferable if he wasn't so surprisingly charismatic). Still, screenwriters Duncan Kennedy and Donna & Wayne Powers have fun deciding who lives and who dies.
You've got to love a film that manages to deliver on the levels that this one does. It's the deepest, bluest movie around.
A B movie with an A movie budget. Wonderfully, wonderfully silly.
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