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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 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 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).…
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…
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.
Little known fact: this was the motion picture that finally spurred the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to create the Golden Globe Award for Best Use of Stellan Skarsgård as an Underwater Projectile. It was also, unsurprisingly, the award's first winner.
I'M DRUNK AF BUT HEY MAN, I LIKE THIS FILM. IT'S FUNNY AND FUN AND CUTE. THOSE BIG DOOFUS SHARKS ATE SOME PEOPLE I LIKED. WHATEVER. I FORGIVE THEM. LL COOL J STEALS THE SHOW. UHHH IDK I FEEL ANNOYING NOW. I LOVE DEEP BLUE SEA. BADASS FLICK. I WATCH IT ALL THE TIME. LIKE ILY ALL. THE LETTERBOXD 'MUNITY IS SO SWEET. I MADE SOME COOL FRIENDS HERE. DANIEL RODRIGUEZ AND TODD GAINES AND ARIELROCKS5 YOU GUYS ARE SICK AF. CAN'T FORGET EMILY H. SHE'S THE BOMBDOTCOM. ANYWAYS, THOMAS JANE AND SAM L. JACKSON AND MIKE RAPPAPORT ARE COOL TOO. SHARKS ARE REAL. PEACE. BADASS FUCK. MY FRIEND CARTER IS IN THE ROOM. CC THE RAPPERMAN. HAHAHAHA HELLO.
1st hour: LL Cool J repeatedly threatens to kill a bird
2nd hour: God repeatedly threatens to kill LL Cool J
Great, stupid fun.
Deep Blue Sea is the best movie in which a British model extracts goop out of a genius shark's brain. The best from the '90s, at least.
That cook LL Cool J plays sure is lucky that this billion dollar facility made their oven walls out of discount tin foil.
This is a really dumb movie. Really cheesy. Some kind of cool moments at times but overall not really good.
It is something to watch if you have nothing to do on a rainy day.
I don't like this but I'll probably watch it again if I'm in the mood for something to make fun at.
Enjoyable 90s B movies super shark nonsense. Some enjoyable attacks, shoddy CGI and Thomas Jane not taking any shit.
Love this movie!!!!
This... is not a good film.
Now THIS is more like it! Watching this straight after Anaconda, it's almost a masterpiece; a slightly larger budget and a couple of years more CGI development and this looks a million times better. It probably helps that, apart from a few minutes of Samuel L. Jackson touring the shark facility at the start, this is absolute non-stop action throughout; you're never more than a couple of minutes from an inspired shark-related set piece or LL Cool J doing something unexpectedly hilarious with his parrot sidekick.
I really like the fancy underwater science base that all the action takes place on, it's neatly designed and leads to a bunch of clever water-pressure related disasters. I also find it oddly entertaining…
Dull and ugly-looking and indolently directed, squandering some fertile concepts and characters. For instance, it's theoretically interesting that the character you intuit to be the protagonist is a Dr. Frankenstein-like villain always shot in alienating extreme close-ups while the working class men are the pure heroes, and the sea fortress is a novel enough setting that you resist questioning its practicality. Which simply moves focus to the garish computer animation and imitation of B-movie fun though end credits raps and bro-hugs between LL Cool J and Michael Rappaport.
(Though maybe I was sour because this selection was the result of one of those mind-numbing nights where 40 minutes were spent browsing five different streaming services and a shelf of DVDs deciding on a movie to watch.)
Deep Blue Sea is a B-movie about smart sharks killing people in an underwater research facility and it's the best version of just that I've ever seen. Basically, it's alien but with sharks.
Enjoyment Extracted: 7/10
Technical Execution: 7/10
90 of my favorite movies from the 90s. In some sort of order.
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