Deep Blue Sea (1999)

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Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.


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6 June 2001 | Polter-Cow
Fun and entertaining
After the opening scene of *Deep Blue Sea*, in which (predictably) a shark terrorizes a quartet of partying teenagers on a boat, I decided I was in for a crappy movie. A crappy movie that would contain basically every movie AND horror movie cliche I could think of. I was right. And wrong.

I will say that the premise for this movie is great: super-intelligent sharks. Sharks are bad enough, but...smart sharks? Immediately you have terrifying possibilities running through your mind. The sad fact, though, is that this is one of those movies where the screenwriters (and I can't believe it took three people to come up with this) threw some dice and picked which character was going to die next. That's what the plot boils down to: things go wrong; someone dies. More things go wrong; someone else dies. And so on. People whom you couldn't care less about die. People who you really don't want to see die die.

The people are an interesting band of characters. The female scientist, pleasing to the eye and the ear (I'm a sucker for accents), is utterly consumed by her research. (And for all you testosterone-driven males, she does strip down to her underwear in one scene.) Samuel L. Jackson goes about saying his lines as president of a pharmaceutical company. I just love the way Michael Rapaport talks: he's welcome in any movie. LL Cool J deftly provides the comic relief and was clearly the audience favorite. Sure, there are some other characters, but pretty much everyone's one-dimensional, as expected.

I think I've bashed this movie enough. It's time to get to the crux of the argument: this is an entertaining movie. As soon as the movie entered the lab facility, I became completely immersed in the film. As the movie progressed, I didn't think about how long it had gone on and mentally calculate how much was left. Once the trouble started, the movie grabbed me and never let go. I was not perhaps literally on the edge of my seat, but no outside thoughts penetrated my mind. It's not that the movie is scary or anything; it's that it's suspenseful. Predictably suspenseful, but suspenseful nonetheless. There is one scene in the film (I cannot conclusively tell whether it falls nearer or the beginning or the middle because, as I said, I lost track of time) during which I sensed the ENTIRE AUDIENCE jumping out of their seats. At the risk of getting off on a tangent, the sharks were believable. And the speed at which they moved unnerved me. They did succeed at their purpose: to keep a continual shudder running through my body. Let's just say you couldn't get me within ten miles of that facility. Oh, look, I did get off on a tangent, just great. At times I of course found myself wondering why some of these characters were so unbelievably stupid in their actions, but it's all part of the fun. And that's what I ended up deciding about this movie: it was fun. Blood-soaked, cringe-inducing fun.

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The filmmakers watched videos of real Makos swimming frame by frame then borrowed equipment and technology that's typically used in Boeing 747s and built the sharks as self-contained units. The remote controlled machines had one thousand horsepower engines, weighed eight thousand pounds, and swam on their own without the use of external wires or apparatus, up to thirty miles per hour. They built four and a half sharks: three fifteen-foot Makos, which played the first gen sharks; and one and a half generation-two sharks, which represented that first generations twenty-six-foot-long progeny, the effect was quite realistic: Stellan Skarsgård remarked "The first time I saw one of those animatronic sharks I thought it was a real one." Samuel L. Jackson recalled "when they first brought the animatronic shark into the lab we were all in awe of the size of this machine. It was a real monster. I would walk up to it slowly and touch it, and they said it felt like a real shark. The gills moved and it had a mind of its own sometimes." Renny Harlin recounted "one shark was sitting in McAlester's room, and just as we were getting the computer programming finished, all of a sudden it leapt up and went through the ceiling. All these 2x4s flying away like matchsticks. It gave us an idea of the awesome power of these creatures and how careful we had to be in terms of the cast and crew being close to them, and how the computer program had to have failsafe procedures so nobody got hurt."


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Preacher: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil. For thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Because I carry a big stick and I'm ...


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When Dr. Whitlock first injects the protein complex into the vial, he holds it up and you can see that the vial is about half full. But when he hands the vial to Dr. McAlester it is all the way full.


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Members of the shark effects team have shark-related nicknames, for example, Peter 'GreatWhite' Smith.


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The DVD includes deleted scenes which feature more character development and extra dialogue.


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I Can See Clearly Now
Written by
Johnny Nash
Performed by Johnny Nash
Courtesy of Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

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