Deep Blue Sea Reviews
A plot that makes critics scoff
And it ain't got no heart
You'll say the CGI looks cheesy
With gore that makes you queasy
Still there's something likeable
And I said, "Deep Blue Sea isn't terrible!"
She said, "I think I got caught up in the action
And as I recall, I think we both were frightened."
And I said, "Well, that's the one thing it's got."
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes consensus states "Aside from a few thrills, Deep Blue Sea is unoriginal and unintelligent." Empire magazine gave the film three out of five stars, saying "It was never going to crash any parties come Oscar night, or usurp previous nature-fights-back epics (Jurassic et al), but Deep Blue Sea remains defiant. It's about giant sharks eating people. And that's exactly what you get." Roger Ebert went further, saying of the film "In a genre where a lot of movies are retreads of the predictable, 'Deep Blue Sea' keeps you guessing." Writing in People, horror novelist Stephen King described his recovery from a near-fatal accident: "My first trip after being smacked by a van and almost killed was to the movies (Deep Blue Sea, as a matter of fact; I went in my wheelchair and loved every minute of it)."
Renny Harlin´s "Deep Blue Sea" is trying to bring in the frightness of "Jaws" into a more modern setting with a script based on social political research for the cure of Alzheimer's disease while mixing it with a classic Frankenstein sort of set up were the sharks have been genetically engineered and have become smarter than the humans. I reckon the general idea is there for an ok horror film (if you do believe that you can genetically engineer a sharks brain...), but despite some known names in the leads it ends up as a b-movie in general with pretty stupid and flat characters. Even if the script tries to flesh out the characters, it still becomes one-dimensional from most angles. The dialogue and the CGI are the pillars that don´t really work. In the extra material on the DVD Renny Harlin dares anyone to try to pick out the CGI sharks. Maybe that was difficult in 1999, not in 2017... Yes, we do get some sudden moments of shock that works, but this is not a keeper and mostly a mediocre film. I did however enjoy the lovely Saffron Burrows participation.
Trivia: Shot in the same Fox Studios Baha complex where Titanic (1997) was filmed. Having made Cutthroat Island (1995) at sea, Renny Harlin was determined to make this movie under the most controlled circumstances possible.