Deep Blue SeaJuly 28, 1999
Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.
Release Year: 1999
Rating: 5.7/10 (57,413 voted)
Critic's Score: 54/100
Stars: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson
A businessman sinks $200 million into a special project to help fight brain cancer. As part of this project, medical biologist Susan McAlester rather naughtily figures out a way to genetically enlarge shark brains, so that cancer-battling enzymes can be harvested. However, the shark subjects become super smart and decide they don't much like being cooped up in pens and being stabbed with hypodermics, so they figure a way to break out and make for the open sea…
Writers: Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers
Dr. Susan McCallister
Samuel L. Jackson
LL Cool J
(as Daniel Bahimo Rey)
Helicopter Winch Operator
Welcome to the endangered species list.
Release Date: 28 July 1999
Filming Locations: Fox Baja Studios, Rosarito, Baja California Norte, Mexico
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $19,107,643
(1 August 1999)
Did You Know?
LL Cool J performed the rap song Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin) over the end credits.
After Susan electrocutes the shark while in her underwear, she looks at the research data that has been destroyed by the electricity. It has been burned and shows carbon stains as if it had been in a fire. This could not have happened while in water and the data probably would not have been damaged at all from an electric charge in the water.
Fat butt… you got a big fat butt!
Any of your nonsense and we're gonna have tiny little drumsticks on the menu tonight.
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
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
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,