Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Directed By: Renny Harlin
Starring: Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Saffron Burrows, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie,
Subgenre: Creature Feature
Synopsis: A group of scientists at a remote marine facility are genetically altering Mako sharks in an attempt to cure Alzheimer’s. The experiments make the sharks smarter, and ultimately more dangerous.
Thoughts: I’m a sucker for creature features. Give me killer sharks, giant snakes, rogue gators, whatever, I usually eat it up. So, it’s no surprise that I am a pretty big fan of Deep Blue Sea. As far as horror movies go, this has a pretty ridiculous cast with Jane, Rapaport, Skarsgard, Jackson and even LL Cool J. None of the actors give a lights out performance, but their cumulative talent really helps the movie. One of the cast suffers a very surprising and early death that is one of the best deaths in any movie.
There really isn’t much of a plot, other than the genetically engineered sharks get loose during a storm and the people at the facility must try and escape, all while the place is flooding. The simplicity is what makes it work for me. There are a few nuances with motivation and trying to sure Alzheimer’s, but this is really about some killer sharks stalking their prey in close quarters.
Deep Blue Sea epitomizes a “fun” horror movie for me. It’s not overly dark, gory and doesn’t deal with difficult material. It’s fun to watch, and that is a big reason that I like this one. If you want to watch a fun shark flick, check it out, if you want to watch one that is scary, watch Jaws.