Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…
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.
El concepto "tiburones con capacidad cerebral modificada" es tan absolutamente genial que importa muy poco que la peli sea una copia descarada de Jurassic Park con tiburones en lugar de dinosaurios.
The concept "brain-capacity-enhanced sharks" is so absolutely brilliant that it matters very little that the movie is a rip-off of Jurassic Park with sharks instead of dinosaurs.
Best shark movie ever. ever wanted to see a hyper-intelligent shark plot and enact a plan to kill a bunch of humans on a barge in the middle of the ocean? then this is the movie for you. Watch it!
Plus it has LL Cool J, Samuel L Jackson, and Stellan Skargaard in it.
Haven't you seen my movies?! Deep Blue Sea! A Shark ate me!
Sends a clear message to all those who want to screw around with the heads of sharks.
I wish they'd stop putting this on ITV2.
When a marine research station breeding genetically modified sharks is caught in a tropical storm, all hell breaks loose and so do the sharks.
Now, we all know that killer shark movies do have a habit of being a bit silly, and not particularly good, but there are a few exceptions to the rule. It is given that Jaws is a complete classic, but 'Deep Blue Sea' isn't that bad either. The story is suitably cheesy and completely over the top, but it is handled incredibly well, and the topnotch directing and design all make it that little bit more plausible. The actors play their roles with glee, and actually give the generic characters some added dimension. The shark effects…
Jaws is for losers
"You think water moves fast? You should see ice. It moves like it has a mind. Like it knows it killed the world once and got a taste for murder."
Mr. Jackson what the hell are you on about.
By no measure is Deep Blue Sea a good film. Any objective analyses will tell you this. Except, damn if it isn't entertaining. It has no right to be, but it is.
One of my guilty pleasure movies, and not just because it's Thomas Jane running around wet for 105 minutes. It's because the sharks growl for god's sake! It's just all sorts of ridiculous.
LL Cool J's bible preaching, parrot keeping, shark torching chef may very well become my new favourite action hero.
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