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Deep Rising Movie Review

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Deep Rising is about a group of terrorists who invade a cruise liner, only to find that it has been sucked dry, literally, by a creature from far below the ocean's surface. One by one, they get picked off.

So, basically, it's a standard horror/action flick with rotten characters and a bad story. But it also has some redeeming entertainment value, some decent action, and a so-so creepy atmosphere. And it has Famke Janssen.

Since pretty much all of the characters are bad guys in one way or another (Janssen is a sleazy thief, Williams is mindlessly boating the terrorists to ship, and the terrorists all have giant weapons that annoyingly never seem to run out of ammo), there is not much interest in the survival of any of the characters. Although that is not entirely true; O'Conner's character, Pantucci, the wimpy, harmless guy that all these movies seems to have, creates some attachments. Janssen turns out to be a relatively harmless character, and so does Williams. The thing I do not like about Treat Williams, though, is that he seemed out of place. He is too lighthearted or something.

Not much of the massacre is shown, which is a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it, and the gore factor ranges from explicit to nil, depending on scene from scene. For the most part, the movie is not that bloody. The computer graphics for the tentacles are pretty good, and the giant explosion at the end is awesome. The movie is not that scary but there are a few scenes that cause tension.

Deep Rising has its ups and downs. It does not really have anything going for it, but it is a better alternative to Virus, a movie which came out later and has almost an identical plot (only the creature in that flick came from above instead of from beneath). The ending is extremely corning, but also somewhat fitting. It really has nothing to do with the plot, so it is excused.

See Deep Rising if you have some spare time, but there are some better films out there.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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