Move over Jaws. Deep Blue Sea is a killer of a shark movie, with lots of action, lots of blood, and lots of suspense.
Deep Blue Sea starts out with an unexpecting group of teenagers who are attacked by a super-smart shark and quickly escalates to a remote research facility. There, a scientist has been messing with the genetics of sharks to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, but, of course, there is a catch. The sharks have become stronger and after a freak accident, the facility is left damaged and the people inside are trapped four levels underwater with three ultra-deadly sharks. As they try to make it to the surface without being eaten, the movie begins to look somewhat like The Poseidon Adventure, only with more gore.
With a cast of relative unknowns (with exception to Samuel L. Jackson, and maybe LL Cool J), anyone could be up to the discretion of the sharks, and most are. Maybe a few too many. This might give the ending a way a bit but only a small percentage of the original cast reach the surface. The people that make it are rather predictable, or so it seemed until another one of them was killed off. I was shocked by the final person's death, but, of course, won't give it away.
As for the sharks, you be the judge. In some ways, the computerized creatures are amazingly fast, extremely reflexive, and a lot nastier looking than Jaws. But, is that good? While Jaws used the simple (and what I hear, troublesome) mechanical shark (Deep Blue Sea has some of those, too), which was maybe a little slow-moving, Deep Blue Sea's sharks are maybe a little too fast. Their movements are a blur at times and somewhat unrealistic, but oh well.
Maybe they should have let one or two more people live but Deep Blue Sea is an exciting, suspenseful film that will keep you on the edge of your seat and breathless, literally.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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