Everyone has at least one film they like that everyone else seems to hate. Maybe they didn't get it. Maybe…
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.
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…
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!
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).
Keep your Jaws, Deep Blue Sea is a hell of a lot of fun!
This could have easily been a sequel or a remake of Jaws, and i still think this would have been the best of the bunch either way. This film needs the lights off, and popcorn in hand for full effect. It's just a fun thrill ride that Director Renny Harlin is famous for.
Exciting, thrilling, LL Cool J does a rap song for the soundtrack, and Samuel L. Jackson is sick of these mother fucking Sharks in the mother fucking tanks!
There are very few deep moments in Deep Blue Sea, a high-octane Hollywood shark-attack that just may satisfy action-starved audiences searching for a fish stick. Deep Blue Sea exists somewhere between The Abyss and Piranha in the spectrum of underwater monster thrillers. The plot is a model of unabashed movie clichés, as an unexpected storm (of course) strands a group of scientists on an underwater facility with super-sharks. Director Renny Harlin, who also gave birth to Die Hard 2 and the abominable Cutthroat Island, knows that his shark opus is nothing more than trashy genre schlock with characters that aren't worth developing because they will quickly become fish food. However, this is the sole reason that Deep Blue Sea possesses…
I went unaware into this movie on TV once because it happened to be an action movie with a cool name. The plot is absolutely stupid and becomes nothing but an over-the-top tale of survival, but what makes it so entertaining are the likes of its B-movie stars, especially Samuel L. Jackson. Watch it for his death scene alone. Or, if you're actually curious to see who makes it to the end, bother to watch the whole thing.
Deep Blue Sea came out when I was around 14-years-old. I rented it one weekend on VHS, and I think I watched it four or five times. I loved it. I've seen it a number of times over the years since then (I've owned it on VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray), and even though I realize how silly it is now, I can't help but love it. I introduced Deep Blue Sea to my fiancée last night, and despite her saying "This movie is so stupid!" over and over again she was glued to the screen the whole time. I think she might have sort of loved it too.
Deep Blue Sea kicks ass.
I'm never not happy to see this movie.
#MonsterMay 2014: Film 8 von 8
Umpteenth viewing. The early set piece involving Stellan Skarsgard's airlift gone wonderfully astray is pretty terrific but is clearly overshadowed by THE SCENE THAT EVERYONE REMEMBERS (deservedly placed top ten in Skandies for 1999) and you can sense everyone the relish in which that scene is written, staged, performed and shot. Harlin is careful not to tip his hand, he films it just as he would film the scene without SPOILER interrupting. Most of the rest is stupid but usually in the stupid fun way that involves Saffron Burrows needing to strip to her undies in order for her to properly electrocute a shark. I'm not sure what to make of Renny Harlin's career since this film, I thought he had enough sly humor and capable action chops to continue making slight pleasures like this but he has drifted off into obscurity. Does anyone still go to bat for his latest films?
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