Deep Blue Sea (1999)



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

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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.
R (for graphic shark attacks, and for language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Samuel L. Jackson
as Russell Franklin
Saffron Burrows
as Dr. Susan McAlester
Thomas Jane
as Carter Blake
Stellan Skarsgard
as Jim Whitlock
LL Cool J
as Sherman `Preacher' Dudley
Michael Rapaport
as Scoggins
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 Operator
Erinn Bartlett
as Girl No.1
Sabrina Geerinckx
as Girl No.2
Ronny Cox
as Executive (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Deep Blue Sea

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (24)

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Yes, in its dumb, bludgeoning way, it's fun!

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

A taut, exciting thriller that takes movie-goers and characters deep under water and leaves them gasping for breath.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

A neat package of terror, sharks and special effects!

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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
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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Fucking badass sharks...really good movie

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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