A businessman sinks $200 million into a special project to help fight Alzheimer's disease. As part of this project, medical biologist Susan McAlester rather naughtily figures out a way to genetically enlarge shark brains, so that disease-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...Written by
John Smith <John.Smith7@net.ntl.com>
Director Renny Harlin asserts in the DVD commentary that a lot of this information regarding sharks is very accurate obviously "Because it's a movie, we take license with some of the stuff they're doing. The fact is sharks have been used a lot to study and find out why these creatures have been around for four hundred million years, and why they never get cancer, why they never sleep, why they never stop moving." And maybe it was accurate at the time, but now we know that sharks do get cancer, and although they don't sleep like humans, they do have periods of rest. The idea that sharks never stop moving comes from the idea that they need to keep water flowing over their gills or they'll die, but that doesn't apply to all sharks. As the Makos develop the ability to swim backward, and as Janice notes that this is in fact the physical impossibility. No matter how big a shark's brain is, that's not going to change. You can enjoy a more thorough takedown of the film's "science and leaps in logic here." See more »
The above water fences were shown to be of the chain-link variety. Which is wire strands bent in a zig-zag pattern and interlinked to form a diamond pattern. However, when it was revealed that the sharks were sinking the facility to escape through the weaker, above water fences, the fence that the shark was tearing apart had a square pattern (resembling the flexible, titanium underwater fence), and the shark was pulling long, straight strands out of the fence. See more »
That's the answer to the riddle. Because that's what an 8000 pound mako thinks about. About freedom. About the deep blue sea.
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At the beginning of the film, both the Warner Bros. shield and the Village Roadshow logo are depicted as being underwater. See more »
SPOILER:In US TV versions, several of the death scenes are edited and cut for content. This includes the death of Russel Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson) and Tom "Scoggs" Scoggins (Michael Rapaport). In the original theatrical and DVD versions, their deaths are more gruesome and last a few seconds longer, with the sharks actually tearing and mutilating their bodies. Scoggs body, for instance, is torn apart into several pieces, with blood and gore splattering everywhere. Most American TV versions show the characters being attacked by the sharks and then cut to the scene See more »
I saw DBS for $2.50 on the big screen (cheaper than renting it on video), and on that day I was desiring nothing more than a dumb action flick that would entertain me for about 100 minutes. That's what I got, so I was satisfied.
Still, under different circumstances (higher admission price, wanting something more out of a movie on the day of seeing it, etc.) I probably wouldn't have liked it. The characters were really thin - you hardly learned a thing about them, and they were pretty much interchangable. The dialogue was weak and cliched. The sharks - supposedly intelligent - didn't get much of a chance to show their supposed intelligence. The sets were okay, but still had a look to them that suggested that extra money could have polished them up. The characters commit some really stupid actions along the way.
Wait until you are in the right frame of mind, and it's free or at a low price. Chances are then you'll be acceptably entertained.
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