Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Movie Title: Deep Blue Sea

Year Released: 1999

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 45min

Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror

Director: Renny Harlin

Writer: Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers, Wayne Powers

Starring: Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson

Review: On an island research facility, Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) is harvesting the brain tissue of DNA-altered sharks as a possible cure for Alzheimer's disease. When the facility's backers send an executive (Samuel L. Jackson) to investigate the experiments, a routine procedure goes awry and a shark starts attacking the researchers. Now, with sharks outnumbering their human captors, McAlester and her team must figure out a way to stop them from escaping to the ocean and breeding. Deep Blue Sea is a compelling, entertaining horror flick that keeps the viewer on its toes. On its surface, this film is your typical, silly creature movie. But this movie does a great job throwing the viewer off as to who succumbs to the genetically-enhanced sharks and who survives. As a result, there's a great build up of suspense and a lot of surprises along the way. There are a lot of cheesy one-liners and a ridiculous plot, but I'd argue that very same plot may be so ridiculous that it works here. The unpredictability factor is what makes this movie standout from other films in the same vein. This movie is pure entertainment, and is a perfect example of a good bad movie. I highly recommend you dive into this one headfirst!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The license plate pulled from the shark's teeth is the same one found in the tiger shark in Jaws (1975).


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