Deep Blue Sea (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Deep Blue Sea (1999)



Critic Consensus: Aside from a few thrills, Deep Blue Sea is unoriginal and unintelligent.

Movie Info

Dr. Susan McAlester's experiments are on the verge of creating medical history. But to reach her goal, she has violated ethical codes, genetically re-engineering the DNA of mako sharks. One of nature's most lethal killing machines has become more useful to her research, but also more intelligent and powerful in the process. But McAlester has more to worry about than the deadly specimens at the center of her studies. Her questionable methods put a strain on the relationships with her fellow team members, chiefly shark expert Carter Blake. Compounding the tense atmosphere, Aquatica's financiers are skeptical and nervous and have threatened to shut down the off-shore facility on the eve of a round of Dr. McAlester's key tests. Russell Franklin, the leading backer, has been dispatched to Aquatica to deliver an ultimatum - the research must prove conclusive, or funding is revoked. Susan and her team successfully extract brain tissue from the largest of the mako sharks. But a tragic accident during the procedure sets off a chain of events that results in irreparable damage to the research facility. With a tropical storm swirling around the now sinking Aquatica, the scientists and workers find themselves stalked by the new generation sharksfighting against the deadly man-made forces of nature they helped to create.more
Rating: R (for graphic shark attacks, and for language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Talley Griffith, Wayne Powers (II), Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers, Wayne Powers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 14, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Samuel L. Jackson
as Russell Franklin
Saffron Burrows
as Dr. Susan McAlester
Thomas Jane
as Carter Blake
LL Cool J
as Sherman `Preacher' D...
Stellan Skarsgard
as Jim Whitlock
Jacqueline McKenzie
as Janice Higgins
Aida Turturro
as Brenda Kerns
as Boat Captain
Daniel Rey Silvas
as Helicopter Pilot
Valente Rodriguez
as Helicopter Co-Pilot
Dan Thiel
as Kevin Crawford
Brent Roam
as Helicopter Winch Ope...
Erinn Bartlett
as Girl No.1
Ronny Cox
as Executive (uncredite...
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News & Interviews for Deep Blue Sea

Critic Reviews for Deep Blue Sea

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (26)

Call it silly. Call it obvious -- there's nothing more obvious than a shark attack. But this is one of the few big-fish horror films that still has the power to surprise.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

You might guess that this movie will feature yelling, at least once, 'Let's get the hell outta here!'

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The thrills are such a rush, however, and the balance of digitized and analog effects is generally so satisfying that pic's sheer dumbness finally becomes part of the fun.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

This is one of those ridiculous movies in which people stand around mouthing cliches and weak jokes as they await the next attack.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

For action-starved audiences suffering through a summer drought of flying glass and fiery explosions, this cheese barge may hit the spot.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Was Britain and were Brits really this boring in the '40s and '50s?

Full Review… | December 31, 2012
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for Deep Blue Sea

I have to admit this film provided some intense moments and whilst this is sort of Jaws on Steroids, it did of course share the same predictability. Of course the graphics of the Sharks etc were more impressive and so were the actual kills. It did provide a few laughs although I doubt that was the intention.

I am usually a fan of Saffron Burrows, but this roles really didn't suit her and let's face it, LL Cool J has to be one of the worst Rapper turned Actors out there.

The set becomes repetitive and I found myself wanting them to escape just to see different scenery.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


Check out the big brain on Jaws. An unlikely posse of performers (Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane and Saffron Burrows) get down and dirty with some genetically enhanced, super-smart massive sharks in Renny Harlin's hugely enjoyable, visually satisfying, severed-limb-tastic romp of a sci-fi thriller. Plus, there are enough movie references to sink the undersea lab which Deep Blue Sea is set on.
The upshot is a romp that never takes itself too seriously, making for a guilty pleasure you can really sink your teeth into.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Fucking badass sharks...really good movie

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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