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Deep Rising

Deep Rising (1998)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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Stephen Somers wrote and directed this $50 million science-fiction action-thriller. Set in the South China Sea, the story has been described as a cross between The Poseidon Adventure, Alien, and Die Hard. On the maiden voyage of the luxury liner Argonautica, pickpocket Trillian (Famke Janssen) is caught stealing jewels and locked up. After the ship's communication system is infected with a virus, the ship collides with a massive underwater object. When John Finnegan (Treat Williams) and others

Oct 13, 1998

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (20) | DVD (8)

The rest of the movie is a predictable guns 'n' beasts gorefest that wants to be equal parts Aliens, Titanic, and Anaconda but winds up being all parts crap.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Much better in memory...

February 2, 2008 old-fashioned and flat-out fun monster movie that benefits from Treat Williams' tremendously engaging lead performance.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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It's Poseidon Adventure, Alien Resurrection, any heist movies, Jaws, and a little art house flick called Titanic all in one.

October 24, 2001 Full Review

Underwater slimies eat everyone. A sly sense of humor helps immeasurably.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

It's a pity the creatures don't eat the cast up faster

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The South China Sea's answer to the Bermuda Triangle, but off-the-shelf acting and a hackneyed plot won't keep this oversized barge afloat.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Goes for two and three climaxes, blows up far too many things, and generally wears out its welcome before it's over.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Deep Rising

The captain of a ship for hire is caught between a crew of mercenaries out to rob a luxury liner in the South China Sea and a plague of huge sea creatures with a taste for human flesh. An early outing by low brow crowd pleaser Steven "The Mummy" Sommers, Deep Rising is an enjoyably unpretentious creature feature containing the usual blend of big guns, dark corridors and gory deaths. Sommers is as adept as always at keeping the action cracking along at a fair old pace, never pausing for anything so trite as tension or character development and despite the fact that the effects have dated somewhat, the monsters are actually quite cool (the scene when one of the mercenaries is spilled out onto the deck by a wounded creature is a highlight!) The characters are the usual action movie stereotypes, but Treat Williams is fun as a kind of watered down Ash from Evil Dead 2 and I actually laughed out loud a couple of times. Famke Janssen is also a treat for the eyes and Anthony Heald is amusing as the obligatory back stabbing weasel and although the dialogue is little more than samples from the A to Z of lame one liners it's quite good fun. Trash, but entertaining trash.
August 24, 2011
xGary Xx

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Excellent monster mash and over the top riot of sea faring proportions which borrows from afew films but keep its tongue firmly in its cheek as a no bars hold B-movie.

The way the plot unravels is much like 'Aliens' with a mish mash crew of cut throat mercs and civilians being surprised and taken down one by one by an unexplained sea beastie, the casting is unique and perfect for the posse of renegades who each have their own quirks and style which, again, does remind you of the classic marines from 'Aliens'.

Its a very silly and obvious layout but Sommers doesn't try to hide this fact and goes all out with nice scares and some nasty gut churning makeup and cgi for the victims. The cgi does now look pretty dated and there is some really nasty blue screen effects but at the time this felt so good and really impressed, I saw the film on release at the cinema back in 1998 and I enjoyed then as I do now.

Your typical popcorn flick with nothing to worry about in terms of depth, probably one of the best ensemble casts for awhile in a B-movie and a really terrific creature all add to a fun time. The text at the start gets you thinking about the deep for real and the ending is great stuff haha why no sequel??
May 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

Slime from the endless abyss (this time with teeth, ouch!) arises from the depths and must be stopped! Who among our plucky tongue-in-mercenary-cheek cast will survive this Poseidon Adventure meets Predator marriage made in hell?!? Fun goo to step into.
April 13, 2011

Super Reviewer

Why was there so much hate for this movie when it came out? It's definitely a fun flick with a solid B supporting cast. I mean how can you go wrong with Treat Williams, Famke Jansen, Djimon Honsou, Jason Flemyng and Anthony Heald?
February 7, 2011

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    1. Simon Canton: I maybe a crook but I'm not a savage!
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    1. John Finnegan: Now what?!
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