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Deep Blue Sea (1999)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 40

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


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 9

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



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Although mako sharks are among the fastest and deadliest predators in the ocean, they're not as smart as humans -- at least, they weren't. However, Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) has been using mako sharks as her test subjects for research on the regeneration of human brain tissues. McAlester has altered the DNA of several sharks, raising them close to the level of human intelligence; the sharks have also become faster and stronger in the process. While these DNA experiments have yielded

Dec 14, 1999

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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (40) | DVD (29)

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.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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You might guess that this movie will feature yelling, at least once, 'Let's get the hell outta here!'

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A lame Jaws wannabe!

January 1, 2000 | Comments (2)
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A neat package of terror, sharks and special effects!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An entertainingly trashy and derivative carnivore spectacular!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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OK, I understand how gene therapy made the sharks smarter, but what made the scientists so stupid?

January 1, 2000
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Was Britain and were Brits really this boring in the '40s and '50s?

December 31, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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Some upscale action-cheese -- plus who doesn't love Cool J? But the movie's exposition and plotting are mega-lame; Kurtzman & Orci probably pray to Deep Blue Sea every morning.

July 25, 2011

...silly, campy material presented as serious high adventure.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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I can't imagine wanting to see Deep Blue Sea again, but as a one-time-only, low-expectation, Sunday-afternoon diversion, it kept me amused.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

Harlin, perpetrated, I mean, directed CUTTHROAT ISLAND, but oddly enough, it did not stop studios from giving him big bucks to repeat his mistakes.

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

LL Cool J and Thomas Jane (are you looking for the new Steve McQueen? HE'S RIGHT HERE) keep the movie rolling.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's stupid and violent, and proud of it.

October 9, 2002
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If science can make sharks super- intelligent, why can't it do the same for screenwriters? ...For a movie about the advancement of knowledge, "Sea" is often flabbergastingly dumb.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Harlin, in telling a standard tale of morality and conflict, turns in a plotless, empty picture that dissolves into an emotionless videogame.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Um exemplo de tecnologia utilizada a serviço da história.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A soggy effort.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

A scary film about some of the consequences of messing with Mother Nature.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Despite scene after scene of mayhem, Harlin manages to create and and sustain extremely well-coiled tension.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source:

Una cinta más en la que la forma de contar una historia es suplantada por una gran cantidad de efectos especiales

March 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

This movie is pretty bad, but the sharks are too tough!

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Not a smidgen of originality!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

The repeated lifting of material from other films eventually sinks this one into mediocrity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
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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.
December 29, 2011

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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.
November 3, 2011
Dean McKenna

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Fucking badass sharks...really good movie
September 18, 2011
Martin Sahlin

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Carter Blake: That's the answer to the riddle. Because that's what an 8000 pound mako thinks about. About freedom. About the deep blue sea. 

"Bigger. Smarter. Faster. Meaner."

As far as shark thrillers go, Deep Blue Sea isn't the worst you'll ever see. It belongs to a genre that pretty much blows, although there are a few exceptions like Jaws and Open Water. Deep Blue Sea is a decent Film, but I still didn't really like it. It's fun in a stupid kind of way and it does have a few awesome action sequences, but other then that its nothing but a big, dumb action film. I guess I knew that going in though.

It does have a pretty cool cast, but obviously the acting is bad because that's what the material calls for. It has dumb one liners and ridiculously smart sharks, so I don't think the director is trying to pull Oscar level stuff out of his cast. Even Oscar level actor Samuel L. Jackson's acting is bad, but that's how its supposed to be, so I'm not complaining about that. What I am complaining about though, is that this movie wasn't as fun as it should have been. I can like movies like this. I liked Piranha 3D because it was fun from start to finish. It also had a short run time which is almost a necessity with these stupid creature features.

All in all, you're going to get what you expect. You're going to get a semi-entertaining, ridiculous movie that you don't need to think about. It's not a bad movie to watch late at night when there's nothing else to do.
September 5, 2011
Melvin White

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    1. Russell Franklin: Somebody please tell me what that is.
    – Submitted by Ibraheem M (2 years ago)
    1. Dr. Susan McAlester: That's a side effect, the sharks got smarter.
    – Submitted by Ibraheem M (2 years ago)
    1. Dudley: [talking to shark] You ate my bird!
    – Submitted by Richard S (2 years ago)
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