Deep Blue Sea

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Buoyed by borrowings from The Poseidon Adventure, Alien and The Abyss, the leaky old aqua-thriller has weathered all the storms and doldrums which have beset the horror genre over the decades, and this is the best effort for some time. Harlin's movie may have a routine plot, but check out that gleaming marine research facility. Think hi-tech Titanic, and try not to worry about the practicalities. Burrows provides the unwitting comedy relief as a high minded scientist driven to cut corners in her quest to cure Alzheimer's by experimenting on (live) shark brains - the rationale being they don't age, or some such. This business about genetically modified 'smart sharks' with brains the size of a V-8 is priceless (maybe they should have had a go at the script), especially when the digital fx guys get carried away and work up a synchronised attack routine that would wow any Olympic committee. But if we're laughing at the movie: there's something very gratifying about the regularity with which Harlin cuts his cheesy characters down to size. And as a piece of cinematic engineering, it's nothing if not efficient.

By: TCh

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Renny Harlin
Screenwriter: Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers, Wayne Powers
Cast: Thomas Jane
Saffron Burrows
LL Cool J
Jacqueline McKenzie
Michael Rapaport
Stellan Skarsgård
Aida Turturro
Samuel L Jackson

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3.8 / 5

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In film deep blue sea directed by Renny Harlin a group of scientists on a partially submerged medical research facility find themselves in a spot of bother when in the search for a cure to Alzheimer's disease produce highly intelligent sharks with a taste for humans. This rediculusly written movie is simply a poor attempt at Jaws, any issues raised about testing on animals and the concequences of this are portrayed in such a way that it is quite frankly embarrassing. The actors only have to mouth a few weak jokes and cliches while waiting for the next attack. This approach has made the film monotonous with an alaming lack of laughs. Despite all of this Renny Harlin creates a film full of suspence which sustains the tension well. And Samuel L. Jackson unlike the othe actors creates quite a screen presence. Overall i wouldnt call it a must see but its a good film to while away the hours.

samuel l jackson plays a businessman who pays $200 million into a facility in the middle of the ocean to help fight and find a cure for alzheimers disease,which they do find , in a sharks brains.but things don't go according to plan after all. Special effects?well. ermmmm, alarmingly appalling,disgustingly atrocious and possibly crap!The sharks look so fake . they don't even look like sharks.The tiger shark shown at the beginning of the movie isn't at all like a tiger shark! this is the beginning of my film review coursework for english. what do you think of the review so far ? im in yr 10 , and 15 years old please comment