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Deep Rising
Deep Rising
Actors: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O'Connor, Wes Studi
Director: Stephen Sommers
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     1hr 46min

Buckle up for edge-of-your seat excitement with the explosive hit DEEP RISING, an unstoppable high seas action thriller that moves at full scream ahead! When a band of ruthless hijackers invade the world's most luxurious c...  more »


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Actors: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O'Connor, Wes Studi
Director: Stephen Sommers
Creators: Howard Atherton, Stephen Sommers, Barry Bernardi, Howard Ellis, John Baldecchi, Laurence Mark, Mario Iscovich
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/14/1998
Original Release Date: 01/30/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/30/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE
Reviewed on 3/12/2014...
I personally love this movie. I like the action/horror/gore and humor all in one.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 6/1/2013...
A crew of mercenaries battle a horde of killer mutant octopus-like creatures aboard a fancy cruise ship in the middle of the ocean in this cheesy but fun action/comedy/horror flick, directed by Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"). Treat Williams is great as the totally deadpan hero ("Now what?") and Famke ("Goldeneye," "X-Men") Janssen provides the eye candy. A cool, overlooked monster mash.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

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A little bit of humour goes a long way!
Steven W. Hill | Chicago, IL United States | 05/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The more I watch this film, the more I like it. I recently re-watched it after seeing DEEP BLUE SEA. DEEP RISING is aimed at a lower level, really, and I think it's better off for it. A B-movie at heart, DEEP RISING conquers DEEP BLUE SEA because it never once takes itself seriously, and the blend of light comedy and horror works well (director Sommers proved it a successful formula later with THE MUMMY).It's not just the gags that I like, either. There's something about the beginning of the film that I find curiously evocative - this high tech speedboat racing racing racing with single-minded, straight-line purpose toward an unknown destination in complete darkness. The fact that the audience knows what the crew will find when they arrive makes it more tantalizing.Still, with a B-movie one must have B-movie expectations. The CG effects are only average and often unconvincing. The plot motivations are ridiculous. The acting ranges from extremely engaging (Treat Williams) to labored (Anthony Heald).The DVD presentation is sparse (typical for a Hollywood Pictures release). The transfer is great, but non-anamorphic. There is a trailer, but nothing else of note. The sound quality is exceptionally good.Sorry to go back to this comparison, but here I go anyway. Where DEEP BLUE SEA is lofty, DEEP RISING is lowbrow. Both are decent films, and each has its strengths over the other, but since this one is a heckuvalot of fun (and the other just plain isn't), I'd rather watch DEEP RISING again.I hope you found this review informative! Thanks for reading."
Don't be afraid...
trebe | 04/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't be afraid to admit that you like this movie. Deep Rising is a terrific monster flick that delivers all that can be expected of a film of this type. You get thrills, chills, kills and more than a few laughs. The computer generated creature from the depths, is an ugly and vicious man-eater, that manifests itself in several different forms throughout the film. A twisting shiny gray mass, with numerous slimy looking tentacles, capable of great speed. This terror from the deep devours its victims with zest. All in all, a very cool looking monster, and a formidable opponent.The human cast is not bad either. Treat Williams as "Finnegan" is a steady, likeable leading man, delivering some incredibly silly lines with an engaging smirk on his face. Pickpocket Famke Janssen, is dynamite in a red dress, and handles a gun like a pro. Comic relief is provided by Kevin J. O'Connor as "Joey", a character you will either love or hate. Anthony Heald as "Canton" the pompous ships owner, provides the "weasel factor". The hard-boiled mercenary group, led by "Hanover"(Wes Studi), ably performs their most critical function, that of being bloody fodder for the monster.The plot enfolds in time tested fashion. Finnegan is hired to take a group of mercenaries to an unknown location at sea. They rendezvous with the "Argonautica" a disabled cruise ship, expecting to find it filled with passengers, only to discover just a handful of survivors. A mysterious creature is apparently loose on board. As the survivors continue to investigate the crippled ship, the monster makes its presence felt, and the fun begins. The body count continues to rise, and blood flows freely, up until the film's climax, where the monster pursues a jet ski through the ship's corridors. Wild mindless fun. Writer and director Steven Sommers took the experiences gained from his first "creature feature", and put them to good use in his next films, the more commercially successful "The Mummy", "The Mummy Returns" and the yet to be released "Scorpion King". Deep Rising is a great choice for pure escapist enjoyment. Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack also adds considerably to the atmosphere and excitement. The DVD features just the movie and the trailer, and is perhaps a good candidate for the "Special Edition" treatment common these days, especially as this film has been overshadowed by Sommers latter efforts."
Deep Rising is fun and entertaining
Eric | Tennessee | 03/24/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"While not trying to answer the meaning of life, Deep Rising does what it's trying to do, and that's entertain. Director Stephen Sommers (who went on to better things after the relentlessly entertaining The Mummy) injects enough action, humor, and cheap thrills to keep the average viewer from being bored. This is the sort of movie to watch by yourself or a friend or two on a late Friday night.The plot is cliched enough as it borrows unashamedly from the Alien films, Die Hard, Titanic, Tremors, and The Poseidon Adventure. It's basically about these terrorists led by Wes Studi who are trying to hi-jack a cruise ship called the Argonautica. Along for the ride are Finnegan (Treat Williams) and Pantucci (Kevin J. O'Connor) who quickly discover that the Argonautica is empty. Discovering a few more survivors including a jewel thief (Famke Janssen), they find out there is a creature on board that is feeding off of them and the survivors must do what they can to get off alive.Deep Rising is not meant to be taken the least bit seriously unlike other creature features like the Alien films and Pitch Black (which I very much highly recommend you watch). Instead, Stephen Sommers keeps his tongue firmly tucked in his cheek, leading to a campy cruise most reminiscent of Tremors. If there's at least one thing to credit Deep Rising for, it has the look of a summer blockbuster. The 50 million dollar budget is large (especially for a campy action/horror film) and all the special effects are put to good use. The creature effects are well done and makes for a fun encounter between the survivors and the creature's main body. Rob Bottin, noted for the gory effects in The Thing, succeeds again though the creation in this film may not be as well remembered as some of his other works.Deep Rising is an action film so expect plenty of that. While it's not terribly original action, they're full of enough tension to keep anybody from dozing off.As for acting, this isn't exactly a first-rate cast. Wes Studi is an underrated actor and he probably deserves betteer work. The same goes for Djimon Honsou in a short appearance. Treat Williams looks like he's having a lot of fun and he is a charismatic hero. Kevin J. O'Connor, no matter how annoying, is still good comic relief, though Famke Janssen delivers a rather poor performance, even in a movie of this sort. So long as you watch this film with the realization that it isn't meant to be taken seriously, you'll have fun with it. It's no classic by any means but you could do a lot worse."