Deep Blue Sea (1999) 3.14/5 (1)


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Rating: The Ugly – 62.6
Genre: Horror
Duration: 105 mins
Director: Renny Harlin
Screenplay: Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers, Wayne Powers
Stars: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson

A sea-based research centre where sharks are genetically bred larger and more intelligent to harvest their brain matter in a bid to find a cure for Alzheimer’s (or something) becomes a giant smorgasbord for the mutant fish when a storm gives them the opportunity to turn the tables on their captors. OK, the scenario is a bit of a stretch and some of the dialogue is a bit clunky (although not always unintentionally) but there is plenty to enjoy here. There is an array of colourful characters ranging from Thomas Jane’s terrific shark wrangler to LL Cool J’s philosophical cook while Samuel L. Jackson’s plays the money man with an interesting past. The action is thrilling and will in the main have you sliding towards the edge of your seat and some (but not all) of the special effects are impressive. Renny Harlin was definitely having fun with it and the tongue is firmly planted in the cheek for the most part. As such, Deep Blue Sea is very easy to enjoy and as pure brain candy you should be quite satisfied.

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