Earl Bassett, now a washed-up ex-celebrity, is hired by a Mexican oil company to eradicate a Graboid epidemic that's killing more people each day. However, the humans aren't the only one with a new battle plan.
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>
Special effects team headed by Walt Conti spent eight months on the animatronics sharks, "The number one thing about capturing sharks is getting their energy. They're always cruising kind of slowly, then they snap and just go with this incredible burst of energy. In that way, most of the time, sharks are somewhat lethargic, so probably our biggest challenge was replicating that speed and energy for those lunges. Also, a shark's jaws actually float in their skulls, giving them a specific kind of motion. As far as I know, we're the first animatronics team to totally mimic the multifaceted jaw of the shark." See more »
Before, during the time and after Susan electrocutes the shark, she goes from dry to being covered in sweat from shot to shot. See more »
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 a test screening one month before the film's opening, the ending had Susan (Saffron Burrows) escaping the shark at the end and saving the day with the spear gun. Audiences booed that ending, and sure enough, it came out with Susan getting eaten and Preacher (LL Cool J) saving the day. You can actually tell that some of the final shots were three-shots, with empty space where Burrows would have been. Sometimes Thomas Jane's eye-line looks like it should go to her. She's been digitally erased. See more »
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.
Screenwriter Duncan Kennedy acknowledged that "whenever anyone mentions a shark movie, they naturally think of Steven Spielberg. The problem with approaching a shark movie is how do you do it without repeating Jaws?" That is precisely the problem with shark movies. There have been dozens of them, but it all comes back to "Jaws" (even if "Jaws" was not the first). Luckily, they approached this the right way -- nodding to Spielberg and carrying on.
Roger Ebert wrote, "In a genre where a lot of movies are retreads of the predictable, 'Deep Blue Sea' keeps you guessing." From a horror-basher like Ebert, that is quite a compliment. But also, this one has the cast to make even a retread work. Thomas Jane pre-Punisher, Sam Jackson, Michael Rapaport? This is gold.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this