Deep Blue Sea

"Very Good"

Deep Blue Sea Review


It's been a few years since a good shark movie, and while Lake Placid played games with the monster movie genre, Deep Blue Sea aims to please with an old-fashioned thriller where, once again, the beasts are much smarter than the prey (the people).

The story is familiar - genetic tampering makes sharks brilliantly intelligent - and they want nothing more than to eat people. Along the food chain are Samuel Jackson, Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, and Michael Rapaport. But most notable is rapper LL Cool J as a cook/preacher who provides much-needed comic relief to the proceedings.

Burrows and Jackson are also fun (with Burrows redeeming herself for the debacle of Wing Commander earlier this year), and a mostly clever and zippy script keeps the film alive. Director Renny Harlin seems to be back in decent form, too. And the CGI sharks are awfully well-done, with some of the best biting-a-person-in-half sequences ever put on film, he said, only slightly sarcastically.

Ultimately, Deep Blue Sea lands somewhere between The Abyss and Leviathan in the pantheon of underwater monster thrillers. It's not great and it doesn't suck, but it'll get your date to jump into your lap, and that's really what a movie like this is all about, right?

Burrows says, "Pull my finger."



Facts and Figures

Run time: 105 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 28th July 1999

Box Office Worldwide: $73.6M

Budget: $60M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Riche-Ludwig Productions, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Groucho III Film Partnership

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Fresh: 51 Rotten: 40

IMDB: 5.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Carter Blake, as Dr. Susan McCallister, as Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley, as Tom "Scoggs" Scoggins, Samuel L. Jackson as Russell Franklin, as Jim Whitlock, as Janice Higgins, as Brenda Kerns, Cristos as Boat Captain, Daniel Rey as Helicopter Pilot, as Helicopter Co-Pilot, Brent Roam as Helicopter Winch Operator, Eyal Podell as Boy #1, as Girl #1, Dan Thiel as Boy #2, Sabrina Geerinckx as Girl #2, Tajsha Thomas as Friend of Janice, as Parrot Noises (voice)

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