A very unappreciated Jaws style movie similar to the Meg. A must watch for Jaws fans and fans of Thomas Jane, Samuel Jackson and LL Cool J. They all shine and Jackson lives up to his Pulp Fiction elevated speaking with a surprise that will make you laugh and shock you!
Just another action movie
Mike London | Oxford, UK | 05/16/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a bad action flick. The basic plot is they (scientists) try to cure Alzheimer's and other brain diseases. There is a serum in the shark's brain, but to make adequate amounts, they break some code of ethic (it is named in the movie, but it escapes my memory). Well, in the process of doing so, it makes the sharks smarter. It is a very run of the mill action movie, bringing little invention to the genre. It's a Jaws wannabe. One redeeming factor, however, is it will surprise you on who will live and who will die. During one scene, a character is making a good speech, and then WHAM! Everything JAWS tried, it succeeded. I've heard the sequels are terrible, but I haven't seen them.. But if you hold this against JAWS, this fails terribly. There is no suspense or terror in this movie as in JAWS. It saddens me that Jackson, a fine actor in his own right, was in this movie. He is also another redeeming factor in this movie. The cast does an alright job, bringing the script up a little - but still, a pretty dismal effort."
Deep blue sea
K. Fontenot | 12/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD was far better than I had hoped for. The special effects were awesome! After watching this DVD I'm not so sure I want to go in the ocean again.If what you like is to watch a shark tear a person apart, then this one is for you! This has become our all time favorite .The more you watch it the better it gets. This movie will NOT disapoint the the person that likes to sit on the edge of the seat. p.s keep your feet out of the water."
Deep, but not so wide
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 07/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Deep Blue Sea" is one of those monster flicks that makes an attempt at being an intelligent man's horror film. The genetically-altered, Alzheimer cure-all mako shark idea was a good one, and a little more unique than most creature films, but in essence this is a man-screws-with-nature-nature-screws-back sort of tale. There are a couple of suspenseful moments, and the makos look great throughout the majority of the film. Other reviewers accuse the acting as being standard and weightless, but remember that this is a creature feature and the first rule of this genre is that the creature is the star. I found nothing terribly wrong about the acting, and much like "Anaconda," this film has a token rapper(LL Cool J) who does a good job. The rest of the cast is fairly standard, but none of their performances are that bad. Samuel L. Jackson gives "Deep Blue Sea" a solid actor, and he seemed to enjoy his time on screen in this film. Thomas Jane is another standout who plays the heroic lead, although little is left for our hero to save. Saffron Burrows does an excellent job as the good-meaning, yet slightly mad scientist who you really want to see get bit by a mako.
Overall, this is an above-average flick. It isn't as cheesy as "Lake Placid," and it doesn't make the sharks quite as smart as the raptors of "Jurassic Park" fame, but it takes parts of both of these films and combines them with a little suspense and terror a la "Jaws" and serves up a fish dinner that just about anyone can enjoy.
Also, notice the nod given to "Jaws" during Jackson's initial landing at Aquatica.(Hint: Check that license plate)"
Makes Jaws look like a relaxing fishing trip.
Sweek | Pentre, Mid Glamorgan Wales | 09/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is increadible, mainly because it has no respect for it's cast. Anyone can die in this film. Someone who's the main character one minute is shark food the next. Although Renny Harlin took the 'special effects' option instead of building up real suspense, it works. There are some real shock moments in this film.Basically it's Genetic Modification gone bazerk, super intelligent sharks, modified for the purpose of curing a disease, turn against their creators in a frenzy of snapping jaws and red-water scenes. I know, it's not the most in-depth plot review but that's it really, which doesn't matter because the great content makes up for the barely existant story. The cast is great. Saffron Burrows shows that she is more than just cleavage as the meddling scientist who went too far, while Thomas Jane succeeds as the action hero (Even though he falls down about 50 times) and LL Cool J is surprisingly good as the comic relief/chef. Although he's playing the token 'cowardly character' Michael Rapaport gives a good performance, Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L Jackson are both very talented actors who are good in any film and Jacqueline McKenzie gives more than just a creadible performance, watch the deleted scenes to see her at her best.I would reccommend this film to anyone who likes a high tension thriller with plenty or guts'n'gore, but it belongs in anyone's DVD collection. It's in mine ;).Sweek!"
Watch out! This babys got bite!
Kevin Gillespie | England but I'm Scottish!!! | 01/31/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay. The acting from Saffron Burrows in the opening scenes with Samuel.L.Jackson is shaky and that in itself can damage the movie. Get past the wobbly first five minutes however and you've got to grit your teeth and hold on for the ride of your life! Cos baby, this ride is one fast, intense helter skelter that you're gonna want to watch again, and again, and again. Believe it! Do you remember the days of brainless action movies that just didn't let up? Hell, you should do. They made Big Arnie and Sly famous. Anyway, this is what this movies like. Don't need to think. All you gotta do is prise your hands from off the cushions after the rides over.The movie itself stays true to the action movies of old with some cheeseball lines, none better than the whole of Samuel L jackson's hero speech halfway through the movie.Unusual for a movie of this type is that you see a lot of the sharks. This doesn't take away from the movie but instead, makes it better. It's the flipside to the coin of the shark genre. Take 'Jaws' as an example. Don't see the shark until the end and then, it looks like a bus!If you like action movies. Get this! If you don't like action movies. Get it anyway. Just as a little test to show you the wide range of people who will enjoy this movie, I forced my mum to watch it. The experiment work, she loved it. Is that proof enough of how good this movie is? I think so!"