Samuel L. Jackson
L.L Cool J
For my part, I caught DEEP BLUE SEA in theaters, loved it, saw it once again on VHS (God, I feel old), and then forgot about it for a decade before receiving the blu-ray review copy in the mail. I was eager enough to revisit the film, but I feared the years had not been kind. Sure enough, the first twenty minutes of this film were painful to sit through, and I almost had to turn it off. But then, the sharks escaped, and I remembered why I dug it so much back in í99.
Once the action kicks in, the last 80 or so minutes is about as much fun as you could possibly expect a film like this to be. While it has it flaws, including a performance from star Saffron Burrows that was so unlikable that the fate of her character ended up being changed in some hasty reshoots (although she looks great in her underwear, and has since been very good in films like THE BANK JOB, and REIGN OVER ME)- DEEP BLUE SEA is probably my third favorite Harlin film, after CLIFFHANGER, and DIE HARD 2, but just a head of FORD FAIRLANE, and THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT. Back in the day, the man really knew how to make a crowd-pleasing action flick, although heís since been reduced to making schlock like THE COVENANT, and 12 ROUNDS.
DEEP BLUE SEA came out just around the time CGI starting showing up in every film, and the CGI used to animate the sharks is hilariously antiquated (in fact, it was considered bad in 99 as well). However, this cheesiness is part of its charm. Add in hilarious, self-aware performances from L.L Cool J, and Samuel L. Jackson (his climactic scene has become an internet sensation), and Thomas Jane in full-on action hero mode (DEEP BLUE SEA came close to being Janeís one way ticket to the A-list, and while that didnít quite happen, heís ended up having a good career, including an incredible role in the under-seen STANDER), and youíve got yourself a solid flick to watch with a few buddies.