Review Date: August 03, 1999
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: D. Kennedy, W. Powers, D. Powers
Producers: A. Goldsman, R. Kosberg, T. Ludwig
Samuel L. Jackson
LL Cool J
Unlike THE HAUNTING (3/10), this summer film doesn't rely solely on its special effects to do the trick. It adds interesting and entertaining characters, a plausible plot, some nice style, a heart-pounding score and even some genre-bending surprises here and there. I personally would have liked to have seen more of those rapid-fire sharks crunching into folk, but hey, I'm just a guy munching on nachos down here. The plot also doesn't take long to get going, and once it does, you could expect all kinds of crazy shark action. The story is obviously not rich in breadth, with a simple "shark angry-let's get away from the shark" explanation covering the rest of the film, but director Renny Harlin makes sure that we all have a blast in the meantime. Actor-wise, it is LL Cool J who steals the show with his one-liners, with the "Sam Jackson scene" being the most memorable, and the shark wrangler dude, Thomas Jane, also pulling in a fine performance. If you can't stomach scenes featuring humans being chewed up by large sharks, well guess what, stay away from this movie! But if you're looking for mindless entertainment, with a diverse cast, fun thrills and some super cool sharks, sharpen your fins and get your ass on over to your nearest multiplex, and prepare to dive right into this deep blue sea of blood (Okay, okay...no more puns!).