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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).…
When it comes to deciding whether a film is so bad it's good or an outright disaster questions of tone and delivery often arise. If it can provide enough cheap thrills, engaging action, and humour to surpass its silliness then horror has the ability to earn some points. There's an infamous moment in Deep Blue Sea involving Samuel L. Jackson delivering a passionate monologue that pretty much seals the deal when it comes to how tonally playful this film is. It requires nothing from its audience but offers a few tasty spoonfuls of entertainment.
Despite being outrageously over-dramatic, Deep Blue Sea still manages to utilise the effortless tension of the shark attack film. It is a swirling whirlpool of spectacle,…
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.
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…
Perfectly serviceable pot boiler action movie. Probably the best film ever made about hyper intelligent sharks that also has LL Cool J in it.
Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.
Slick, enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek deep sea shark thriller.
This is one of those movies German TV keeps repeating time and again, but I do enjoy watching it, cause it's got Saffron Burrows in it, and I like its humor.
At times an almost perfectly dumb movie. But it consistently mangles the tone, alternating the horrible violence of bodies being ripped in half with genuine attempts at sadness for the loss of a character's life. You have to pick a side. Either it's funny (in a super mean way) to watch CGI sharks tear a person's limbs off or it's sad that a character you invested emotional energy in died. Juxtaposing one against the other is jarring, and not in a way that ever feels intentional.
That said, it's a gorgeous movie. It looks great almost all the time. Giant rooms flooding with water, fighting sharks at twilight hour, it's just a delight to look at, and that's something that can almost never be said about action movies anymore. This facet alone makes it worth bumping up to three stars.
It is a cheesy, silly, balls to the wall Jaws homage on steroids. It actual has a very similar setting to Jaws 3 but that was shit and this is 'Hell Yeah ! '
Super sharks breakout , wreck the underwater lab, chew their way through most of the cast . It also includes a much better Shark electrocution than Jaws 2 and stand out monologue by Samuel L. Jackson. If by some miracle you have never seen this film , do it now with few beers.
Yes I am giving this film 4 stars! Deep Blue Sea is absolutely brilliant. The effects are awful, the accents are awful, but it's not 'so bad it's good', it's just bloody good! I could watch this every day of the week and not get bored of it.
" Deepest, bluest, my hat is like a shark's fin"
- LL Cool J
Deep Blue Sea is one the most hilariously over the top movies i've watched in a while and while it is not a good movie in the traditional way i was quite surprised at how well done this movie was for the most part. the direction is pretty good most of the acting is decent for the most part and the movie has good cast, except for Saffron Burrows who was pretty bad throughout and the special effects aren't too bad though some shots looks pretty bad by today's standards, plus it has one of the most stupidly awesome theme songs that i've ever heard. If you want some good cheesy over the top fun check this out.
I kid you not, I end up watching this on some cable station or another every Christmas with my sister. Just as Jaws is the greatest artful shark movie ever filmed, this is the greatest trashy ridiculous one. Smartsharks! SyFy is eating its heart out (with sharky teeth) because it didn't produce this ridiculous CGI sharkathon.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Goes slightly downhill after Jackson gets eaten (spectacularly) by a shark. However the main best bits of the movie have been done and they are great. Plus it gives homage to the first two Jaws by killing a couple sharks the same way.
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