REVIEW: ‘Deep Blue Sea’ (1999)

Deep Blue SeaTitle: ‘Deep Blue Sea’
1999, USA/Australia
Director: Renny Harlin
Cast: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson

A team of scientists on the brink of an important medical discovery finds themselves trapped in a sinking undersea lab along with three genetically-engineered sharks.

‘Deep Blue Sea’ adds to the list of movies I used to love as a teenager, and that I can now see for what they really are: a steaming pile of crap. Is it bad that a part of me still thinks this silly, silly action flick is actually not completely terrible? Ok, let’s focus.

The plot is as bad as it sounds. And it’s clearly an excuse to get a bunch of one-dimensional characters into a confined space with super smart sharks chasing them around. The script does the cast no favors, with tons of cheesy, cringe-worthy lines they deliver in the most wooden and unconvincing way possible. That’s actually a shame, since this project somehow managed to get under contract considerable names like Thomas Jane, Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson.

The CGI looks shabby and outdated when compared to nowadays standards. The shark animatronics, on the other hand, were pretty impressive and way more believable than their computer-generated counterparts.

To be honest, there are far worse creature features. And in terms of brainless entertainment, ‘Deep Blue Sea’ offers some pretty decent action sequences. One just has to take it for what it is.

★★☆☆☆

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