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  • With only 48 hours to produce results or lose their funding in their search for a cure to Alzheimer's disease using neuro-stimulating proteins from genetically-enlarged shark brains, medical biologists Susan McCallister (Saffron Burrows) and Jim Whitlock (Stellan Skarsgård) along with their weekend skeleton crew—marine biologist Janice Higgins (Jacqueline McKenzie), engineer Tom Scoggins (Michael Rapaport), shark expert Carter Blake (Thomas Jane), meteorologist Brenda Kerns (Aida Turturro), and chef Sherman "Preacher" Dudley (LL Cool J)—receive lead investor Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson) at Aquatica, their offshore research facility, for a demonstration. The demonstration proves successful, but they discover that enlarging the sharks' brains has also increased their intelligence and, with a storm approaching, the sharks take this opportunity to fight back.

  • Deep Blue Sea is based on a script by screenwriters Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers, and Wayne Powers.

  • It's never outright stated. However, since the shark didn't go through the titanium fence and Scoggins swears that he locked the gates, Carter concludes that he jumped over the fence, which is why he has Scoggs raise the fences.

  • Susan was wearing a rubber wet suit and thought that standing on it out of the water would provide her with sufficient insulation so that she too wasn't electrocuted.

  • Carter, Susan, and Preacher make it to the surface to find that Aquatica has been totally demolished and parts of it are on fire. Carter and Susan pull themselves out of the water, but the last "smart shark" gloms onto Preacher's leg. Preacher uses his crucifix necklace to poke out its eye, and the shark eventually drops him. He is pulled out of the water, and Susan tends to his wounds. Carter realizes that the sharks have been herding them, getting them to flood the lower decks and partially sink the structure. He also sees that the upper fences are made of ordinary steel rather than titanium and that the shark is ramming them in an attempt to get free. The three survivors realize that they have to kill the shark so that it isn't allowed to roam the open sea. Carter fashions a harpoon containing explosive powder from flares and attaches it to a cable. It is his plan to harpoon the shark and then ignite the powder by connecting the other end of the cable to a battery. Unfortunately, the shark is still ramming the fence and is out of range. Susan cuts her hand and then jumps into the water in order to bait the shark away from the fence. When the shark comes after her, she tries to climb out of the water, but the ladder breaks and the shark eats her. Carter leaps in the water in hopes of saving her, and the shark attacks him. He grabs on to the shark's dorsal fin, and Preacher harpoons the shark, hitting Carter's leg at the same time. The shark slips through the hole in the fence, leaving Carter behind. Preacher then attaches the cable to the battery, and the shark is blown to bits. In the final scene, as Carter and Preacher lay on a piece of floating platform, a boat can be seen approaching. Carter says that he's going to quit this job, Preacher says that he's going back to the ghetto, and they both exclaim, "Amen!"

  • The original ending of the movie had Susan McCallister surviving as well as being the one to kill the shark. However, during the test screenings, it was noted that the audience did not warm to her character, so it was decided to change the ending into one where Susan was eaten by a shark in a sort of Frankenstein-killed-by-the-monster scenario. So far, the original ending is not available as an alternate ending on any of the DVDs.

  • While this may be incredibly unrealistic, one has to keep in mind that this is an action adventure, science-fiction, monster movie. With that being said, in terms of the movie, it could be said that the genetic expiermentation on the sharks mutated more than just their brains, allowing them to do things they physically couldn't before. We see that these sharks are able to swim backwards, as pointed out in the movie, sharks aren't capable of doing so. So it's possible they are also able to sit still without drowning (sharks need to constantly be moving forward or they drown).


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