Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56% (Critics) / 38% (Audience)
Directed By: Renny Harlin
Written By: Talley Griffith, Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers, Wayne Powers
Starring: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, LL Cool J, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Synopsis: Searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back. – (Source)
That scene…that freaking scene. I was completely shocked by it when I saw this movie in the theater a million years ago and even in the re-watch I just did I was still amped at the idea that any movie could pull a swerve on its audience like this one did.
DEEP BLUE SEA also features a really strong cast who all work overtime to make the preposterous setting they are working in seem real and deadly serious.
This movie used a combo of CGI and animatronics to make the three enhanced Mako sharks “come to life” and somewhere along the way the concept of continuity was just tossed in the bushes because the sharks would change size from scene to scene and sometimes in a single scene depending on the angle that was being shown. The total disregard for any attention to detail on the movie’s primary visual threats is just inexcusable. Renny Harlin was at one time a pretty good action director (THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT is still one of my favorite action movies) but he really phoned it in with this one.
Were there no black stuntmen available during production of this film’s climactic scene? Because the shot of a white stuntman in scenes that the audience is supposed to believe features LL Cool J was all kinds of distracting.
Final Verdict: A premise ripe with potential and a really good cast that is done no favors by sloppy direction and some of the worst editing/comtinuity I have ever seen from a big budget production. I do give it points for providing a really shocking moment that I did not see coming at all and the cast does great work with what they are given. At the end of the day it is a movie about scientifically enhanced sharks eating people so you really can’t expect too much from it.