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Story

With a voracious trio of mako sharks wreaking havoc, Deep Blue Sea dares to up the ante on Jaws, but director Renny Harlin trades the nuanced suspense of Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster for the trickery of the digital age. In other words, why build genuine terror when you can show ill-fated humans getting torn into bloody chunks? The aforementioned makos have been lab rats in an effort to harvest a miracle cure for Alzheimer's disease from the brains of sharks, but the research has an unfortunate side effect: the sharks get smarter, and they're determined to break out of Aquatica, the deep-sea complex where they've been penned.

Model-actress Saffron Burrows plays the researcher; Thomas Jane pulls double-duty as shark expert and action hunk; Samuel L. Jackson's the corporate sponsor who chooses the worst time for an Aquatica tour; and rapper LL Cool J is nicely cast as Aquatica's cook and comic relief. Michael Rapaport, Jacqueline McKenzie, and Stellan Skarsgård round out the cast, most of whom are turned into shark food as the makos turn Aquatica into a floating junkyard. Harlin takes devilish pleasure in providing sudden, unexpected shocks--no small feat in such a derivative thriller--and as a series of action set-pieces, Deep Blue Sea never disappoints. It's inevitable that Burrows should end up in her underwear like Sigourney Weaver in Alien, but even then the movie offers a credible reason for the strip-down; that Deep Blue Sea can be simultaneously ridiculous and sensible is just another one of its shlocky charms. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Commentary by: Director Renny Harlin and actor Samuel L. Jackson (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • HBO Special When Sharks Attack!
  • The Sharks Of The Deep Blue Sea Documentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery & Storyboards
  • DVD-Rom Features: Online Event

Cast

Thomas JaneCarter Blake
Saffron BurrowsDr. Susan McCallister
Samuel L. JacksonRussell Franklin
Jacqueline McKenzieJanice Higgins
Michael RapaportTom Scoggins
Stellan SkarsgardJim Whitlock
LL Cool JPreacher
Aida TurturroBrenda Kerns

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  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Theme(s): Horror
  • Director: Renny Harlin
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 105 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 28, 1999
    EuropeOct 15, 1999
    JapanOct 9, 1999
    AustraliaSep 27, 1999
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    EuropeAug 9, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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