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Deep Blue Sea

4.5 15
Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson


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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


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 fascinating results, they're also of questionable ethics and legality, earning her the distrust of several members of her crew, including shark authority Carter Blake (Thomas Jane and cook "Preacher" Dudley (LL Cool J). The financial backers of these experiments have also expressed skepticism, so when McAlester is ready to perform some major tests, financier Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson) arrives for the occasion. McAlester and her team are delicately extracting brain tissue from one of the altered makos when the animal regains consciousness - and becomes very angry. The shark not only attacks the researchers but also damages the floating lab, leaving the crew aboard a literally sinking ship, with the makos eager to go a few rounds - in an arena that favors sharks. Deep Blue Sea was directed by Renny Harlin, and filmed in Mexico at Fox Studios Baja in the underwater filming facilities created for James Cameron's Titanic.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A super high-tech version Jaws guaranteed to get your heart pounding, Deep Blue Sea starts building suspense in the first reel and never lets up. Tension begins to develop at a multimillion-dollar underwater lab with the arrival of pharmaceutical executive Samuel L. Jackson, assigned to oversee an experimental program financed by his company. Scientist Saffron Burrows has been genetically engineering mako sharks with giant brains (and bodies to match), from which chemicals can be extracted to produce life-saving drugs. But the preternaturally intelligent sharks, understandably annoyed by their exploitation, team up to attack the lab. The actors vividly convey the claustrophobic terror felt by their characters, trapped under the ocean in the confines of the increasingly vulnerable lab and surrounded by bloodthirsty man-eaters with enhanced brain power. And director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) jolts his audience by defying expectations, particularly with regard to which characters survive; that alone distinguishes Deep Blue Sea from most monster movies.
All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
There are very few deep moments in Deep Blue Sea, a high-octane Hollywood shark-attack that just may satisfy action-starved audiences searching for a fish stick. Deep Blue Sea exists somewhere between The Abyss and Piranha 2: The Spawning in the spectrum of underwater monster thrillers. The plot is a model of unabashed movie clichés, as an unexpected storm (of course) strands a group of scientists on an underwater facility with super-sharks. Director Renny Harlin, who also gave birth to Die Hard 2 and the abominable Cutthroat Island, knows that his shark opus is nothing more than trashy genre schlock with characters that aren't worth developing because they will quickly become fish food. However, this is the sole reason that Deep Blue Sea possesses some worthy characteristics. Aside from the epic, water-soaked action sequences, there is one particular moment that makes this seemingly familiar film worthwhile -- a scene in which a lead character gives a speech to motivate his colleagues to triumph over the encroaching sharks. While it's the typical action-movie speech (punctuated, naturally, with inspirational music), as the speech comes to a close, a shark disrupts the moment with a maneuver that has to be seen to be believed. This unexpected surprise perfectly exemplifies Renny Harlin's tongue-in-cheek approach to the absurd material. He knows that his film is nothing more than Jaws meets Jurassic Park, but he manages to add in enough deep-sea surprises to break the typical monotony of the genre. What begins as a carbon copy of the predictable turns into a see-worthy adventure that is more than the average fish schtick.

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Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Documentaries; Star/director commentary; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Thomas Jane Carter Blake
Saffron Burrows Dr. Susan McAlester
Samuel L. Jackson Russell Franklin
Jacqueline McKenzie Janice Higgins
Michael Rapaport Tom Scoggins
Stellan Skarsgård Dr. Jim Whitlock
LL Cool J Dudley
Aida Turturro Brenda Kerns

Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director
Joseph Bennett Production Designer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Derek Brechin Editor
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
David E. Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Cinesite Special Effects
Walt Conti Special Effects
Bruce Crone Art Director
Debra Echard Set Decoration/Design
Akiva Goldsman Producer
Duncan Henderson Executive Producer
J.Paul Huntsman Sound Editor
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Edge Innovations Special Effects
Duncan Kennedy Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Ludwig Producer
Tom Mack Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Javier Nava Set Decoration/Design
Donna Powers Screenwriter
Wayne Powers Screenwriter
Hammerhead Productions Special Effects
Dallas Puett Editor
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
John Reitz Sound/Sound Designer
John Richardson Special Effects Supervisor
Alan Riche Producer
Robb Wilson Sound Editor
Hector Romero Art Director
Andrew Rothschild Art Director
Gregg Rudloff Sound/Sound Designer
William Sandell Production Designer
Christine Sheaks Casting
Rebecca Spikings Co-producer
Bill Taliaferro Set Decoration/Design
Frank J. Urioste Editor
Stephen F. Windon Cinematographer
Flash Film Works Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Deep Blue Sea
1. Shark Wrangling
2. Alcatraz Floats
3. Lousiana License
4. Pretty Scary Stuff
5. It's Tomorrow
6. Feeding Time
7. Surprises
8. Synch'd Attacks
9. A Breakthrough
10. The Accident
11. Untimely Jam
12. Crash and Burn
13. Crack in Window
14. Raging Waters
15. Food Chain
16. Close Call
17. Oven-Cooked
18. Whole Lot Worse
19. The Elevator Shaft
20. Out of Reach
21. All Relative
22. Obstacles
23. Preacher's Legacy
24. Man Down
25. Brothers Never...
26. Deep-Fried
27. To the Top. Amen
28. Getting Cross
29. Time to Kill
30. Come to Mama
31. Unsure Shooting
32. Are You Sure?
33. End Credits


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Deep Blue Sea 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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deep blue sea makes JAWS seem like a baby movie... well, JUST KIDDING! this is just as good as JAWS. great story line, and everything made sense. the sharks were mostly CGI . but overall, nice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok this movie is ok but doesn't have a good plot. It is scary the first few shark attacks but after that it kind of gets dull. In my opinion buy it but after a while it just might accumulate dust in your house from not watching it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this movie. I watched it more than five times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing, keeping full suspense when group of marine biologist discover the cure for a serious disease from the brain tissue of 3 mako sharks. They become smarter and bigger. A true thriller, the Jaws of today. You want to watch it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, so far I'd have to say that this is my fave shark movie, the graphics are cool and realalistic, it has the f- word on it four different times and alot more cuse words but it's so awsome, I've probably have seen it more then 100 times
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an awsome movie.i watched it 10 times.it was so cool the way they made the people get eaten.see the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best movie i have ever seen apart from jaws!!!! i watch it at least 12 times a day and i'm not even sick of it!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing movie. Great graphics. This is the ''Jaws'' of modern day.
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