HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Unseen, The
Tonight She Comes
Chasing the Dragon
Into the Forest
Limehouse Golem, The
Frankenstein '80
Good Time
Bucket of Blood, A
Detroit
Hide and Seek
What Happened to Monday
River Wild, The
Veteran
Slumber Party '57
Juliette, or Key of Dreams
Summertime Killer
Sweet Virginia
Ben & Arthur
Your Name
Red Hot Shot, The
New World
Trick Baby
Weapons of Death
Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World, The
Kills on Wheels
Strait-Jacket
This Man is Dangerous
Burning Paradise
Away
Mistress of the Apes
   
 
Newest Articles
Apocalypse 80s UK: Threads and When the Wind Blows
Movie Flop to Triumphant TV Revival: Twin Peaks and The League of Gentlemen
Driving Force: The Golden Age of American Car Chases
Madness in his Method: Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
The Melville Mood: His Final Two Films on The Melville Collection Blu-ray
Always Agnès: 3 from The Varda Collection Blu-ray
Re: Possession of Vehicles - Killer Cars, Trucks and a Vampire Motorcycle
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
   
 
  Deep Blue Sea Buy this film here.
Year: 1999
Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Stellan Skarsgård, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Jacqueline McKenzie, Brenda Kerns
Genre: Horror, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Rating:  6 (from 2 votes)
Review: Aquatica, a submerged lab wherein, away from unnecessary interference, Dr. Susan McCallister and her team are conducting experiments on Mako sharks. Harvesting brain proteins in an attempt to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s. But these denizens of the deep are different, genetically altered with increased intelligence and they have their own agenda. They are hungry, and man is on the menu.

Jaws was the daddy, the definitive shark movie, to such an extent that rarely have other filmmakers successfully ventured into shark-infested seas since. Sensibly Deep Blue Sea navigates very different waters to Spielberg’s classic. It’s an old-fashioned monster movie focusing on scientists playing god with predictably disastrous consequences, and as such comparisons can be drawn between another Steven Spielberg film, Jurassic Park. Although Renny Harlin, a director famed for unpretentious crowd-pleasing films such as Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight, doesn’t spend much time on character development. Instead he goes for the jugular, employing the minimum amount of plot setup to get to the real meat of the movie, sharks eating people.

The tone is established early on with shark wrangler Carter Blake (Thomas Jane) swimming alongside a recently captured tigershark, flipping over it, catching a ride on its fin and wrestling a licence plate from its mouth. Ridiculous? Totally, and audiences will either buckle up for a fun ride or start groaning at the implausibility factor. The cast seem to take the former approach with Jane, Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J all getting into the spirit of things, the least said about Saffron Burrows’ wooden performance the better. These characters are placed in a well-realised and claustrophobic environment, at the mercy of the stars of the show, the killer sharks. They are the real leads, convincingly brought to the screen in all their man-eating glory through a mix of CG and impressive animatronics. They entertainingly chomp their way through the cast, picking them off inventively and in a less predictable order than usual for this type of film.

A stylish and agreeably gory slice of B-movie fun Deep Blue Sea delivers on its premise with Renny Harlin aiming and for the most part hitting all the right genre targets. This may not be a cinematic classic like Jaws but if you want to see super intelligent sharks devouring people, and who doesn’t, then this is the film for you.
Reviewer: Jason Cook

 

This review has been viewed 3547 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
Paul Shrimpton
  Rachel Franke
Jason Cook
Darren Jones
Keith Rockmael
   

 

Last Updated: