Deep Blue Sea

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Deep Blue Sea is no Jaws, but action fans seeking some toothy action can certainly do -- and almost certainly have done -- far worse for B-movie thrills.

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On an island research facility, Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) is harvesting the brain tissue of DNA-altered sharks as a possible cure for Alzheimer's disease. When the facility's backers send an executive (Samuel L. Jackson) to investigate the experiments, a routine procedure goes awry and a shark starts attacking the researchers. Now, with sharks outnumbering their human captors, McAlester and her team must figure out a way to stop them from escaping to the ocean and breeding.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Jane
Carter Blake
Saffron Burrows
Dr. Susan McCallister
Samuel L. Jackson
Russell Franklin
LL Cool J
Sherman "Preacher" Dudley
Aida Turturro
Brenda Kerns
Daniel Bahimo Rey
Helicopter Pilot
Duncan Henderson
Executive Producer
Bruce Berman
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Stephen F. Windon
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Critic Reviews for Deep Blue Sea

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  • Sep 06, 2018
    There's quite a cast assembled for Deep Blue Sea, not what we've come to expect from the Asuylum-soiled genre of shark movies in this day and age. It's not a fantastic movie, but it proves more watchable that 90% of its company.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2017
    This is one of my favorite bad movies. It's full of action and ridiculous situations to delicious to ignore. Speaking of ridiculousness -- that Samuel L. Jackson death scene has got to be my favorite death on film of all time!
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2014
    If you take a ludicrous plot involving super smart sharks, an impossible setting aping Sealab 2021, and improbable casting pitting LL Cool J, a failed Punisher, and the future Nick Fury against a CGI Dino-fish, you know you've just stepped in Deep Blue something. Just because this muddled undersea non-thriller winks at the audience as if to say "Hey, we're going for a B-Movie feel" doesn't make this Z-Grade pill go down any easier. "Beneath it's glassy surface...a world of gliding monsters." And THEN Michael Rappaport shows up. Chewing more scenery than Sterling Hayden on a bender, he and the rest of the cast go for broke, using histrionics to drown out the inevitable Rifftrax quipping that was sure to follow. Sure, it puts forth a phony baloney backstory about using shark brains to find an Alzheimer's cure, but the only ones who will want to perpetually forget this moment are moviegoers. In this R-rated thriller, a scientific crew (Jane, Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J) on an isolated research facility become the bait as three intelligent sharks fight back. "What you've done is knocked us down the goddamn food chain." Yep, this line gets delivered by Jane...with some deathly serious rage-tinged vigor, it must be said. Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger director Renny Harlin is capable of crafting over-the-top thrills and, truthfully, Deep Blue Sea boasts a few. Here, however, everything - from the lines spoken to the bodies eaten - gets over-the-top treatment. Only 2 of the cast make it out of this Grindhouse thriller wannabe (think: locked Jaws) alive, but no one truly gets away without some psychological damage...audiences mostly. Bottom line: Shark Weak
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2012
    First of all, why do they all have chin dimples??? Deep Blue Sea has some interesting ideas and intense moments that proves to be a better blockbuster. The script was bad and the CGI wasn't good enough but the acting and unpredictable deaths helped quite a lot. It's brainless but it is enjoyable.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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