Deep Blue Sea

DEEP BLUE SEA. 1999

Director: Renny Harlin

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



Deep Blue Sea Scientist tinkering with DNA of sharks enhances their intelligence, with repurcussions so predictable there's scarsely any reason to watch the film, we know everything in advance.

Some of the computer-generated shark images for Deep Blue Sea (1999) were too cartoony by a long shot. The animitronic shark was much more impressive.

Oh, if you've been watching any Nature programs about sharks lately, or been to the Seattle Aquarium or some similar place, then the shark robot (who is playing three sharks) doesn't look very real. But it's a cool robot in its own right & you can pretend it doesn't look like the genuine article because it was genetically altered.

I laughed whenever it bore its teeth like an angry doggy, but much of the time I was pretty worried for the mostly doomed cast. LL Cool J turns out to be such a good action actor that even if I didn't tend to like cheesy monster movies I'd've liked this one at least a little bit because of his performance.

Deep Blue SeaSamuel L. Jackson is not in top form & when he's gobbled down, it is more comical than horrific, & just a wee bit annoying since there weren't enough people in this film that were worth watching.

Though it's attention-getting at first, after the third or fourth chowdown, the "Oh no!" quotient is used up & main puzzle becomes "Who gets to be last man standing?" I'm a vegetarian myself & I tend to get an extra charge out of Nature Turns On Man movies & it looks more like justice rather than a tragedy that people get to be the sushi for a change.

I suppose Deep Blue Sea does effectively update Jaws (1975) without actually improving upon it. One suspects that when Deep Blue Sea is old & forgotten, people will still be renting Jaws.

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