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Deep Blue Sea
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Sep 1, 2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Renny Harlin

Actors:
Samuel L. Jackson
Thomas Jane
Saffron Burrows
L.L Cool J

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A team of scientists genetically enhance a group of sharks in order to experiment on their brains, with the hope of one day curing Alzheimers. Bad idea. Turns out, the sharks dont cotton to being experimented on, and during a major storm, they break loose. Soon, the scientists (including Saffron Burrows & Stellan Skarsgard), their benefactor (Samuel L. Jackson), cook (L.L Cool J), and studly shark wrangler (Thomas Jane) are all on the dinner menu, unless they can escape to the surface before becoming shark food.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
DEEP BLUE SEA was probably Renny Harlins last wholly satisfying blockbuster. Considering the moronic plot, DEEP BLUE SEAs much better than it should be. In a way, it was like the PIRANHA 3D of 1999. Even then it was considered a cheesy piece of fluff, but audiences and critics alike enjoyed the film enough to make it a modest success theatrically and big hit in the early days of DVD.

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 99.

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 hes 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 Janes one way ticket to the A-list, and while that didnt quite happen, hes ended up having a good career, including an incredible role in the under-seen STANDER), and youve got yourself a solid flick to watch with a few buddies.
THE EXTRAS
While this blu ray doesn't offer anything new in terms of extras, all the bonus material from the DVD is ported over. First up, a brief EPK style featurette , along with an audio commentary featuring Renny Harlin, and a seperately recorded (and hilarious) Samuel L. Jackson. Next up, some rough-looking deleted scenes , which are mainly extraneous (the rumoured alternate ending is absent), and a theatrical trailer .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you want a fun (if brainless) action flick, then you really can't do better than a Renny Harlin joint, and this is one of his better ones. It should also be said that DEEP BLUE SEA is one of those rare flicks that actually gets better the more inebriated you get, so bring along a 2-4 and have at it!
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