Deep Blue Sea 1999

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Off the coast of Mexico, Dr Susan McAlester's (Saffron Burrows) team of scientists are working on a cure for Alzheimer's disease by injecting degenerate human brain cells into mako sharks. The three sharks selected grow to over forty feet in length, and begin to demonstrate signs of intelligent behaviour. When pharmaceuticals' president Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson) arrives with funding ...

Starring:
Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Deep Blue Sea

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Horror
Director Renny Harlin
Starring Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows
Supporting actors Samuel L. Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgard, Aida Turturro, Daniel Rey, Brent Roam, Mary Kay Bergman, Ronny Cox, Frank W. Welker
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug 2011
Format: Blu-ray
In sunny daylight a small sea-biplane heads towards a supposedly disused refuelling station for World War II submarines. The circular steel structure bobs unassumingly on the surface on a calm ocean with 8-foot titanium fencing all around its circular perimeter. On board the seaplane are Marine Biologist Dr. Susan McAllister (Saffron Burrows) and the head honcho at Chimera Pharmaceuticals - Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson). Both are trying to salvage a medical experiment (for conflicting reasons) that will be closed down in 48 hours unless it yields a commercially usable product.

Once on the AQUATICA FACILITY - Russell Franklin looks in wonder (and a little fear) at three massive Mako Sharks holed up in large pens - nicknamed by the biologists as GEN 1 and GEN 2. Dr. McAllister and Dr. Jim Whitlock (Stellan Skarsgard) have been feeding these ancient killing machines hormone therapy in order to try to find a cure to the degenerative destructiveness of Alzheimer's disease. McAlister's father died from it and she's driven to find a cure no matter what (perhaps even break a few International Laws on Gene Therapy in the process).

But something odd is happening. A shark-wrangler called Carter Blake (Thomas Jane) has noticed that the huge beasts suddenly seem smarter and are displaying behaviour that is too advanced to be normal. The three GENS are hunting in a pack, synchronizing attacks on underwater wire alleys divers use to cross from one part of the pen to the next.

Then a storm comes in overnight and an Ambulance Helicopter that is supposed to take a wounded Dr. Whitlock to safety is dragged by its winch into the facility's control tower and all Hell breaks loose as the fuel tanks topside blow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By harpoon guns to 'safe', please on 16 July 2014
Format: DVD
A pretty good cast fill this entertaining yet unchallenging monster flick.

While the film makers crank up the tension in a rather simplistic way, we're treated to a terrific display of stereotyping and the sort of lines that make the whole thing a lot of fun.

"If he's so smart, how come he's p***ing into the wind?"

"The brother never makes it out alive"

And so on. The story is simple, mostly fairly predictable, and has a few twists and turns, jumpy edge of the seat moments and surprises.

Tom Jane as ever does a sound job, and all the cast are good value.

Hey, no classic here, but it's good undemanding fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lane on 13 Sep 2010
Format: Blu-ray
If you are a fan of this film, then the blu ray disc is a worthwhile upgrade. The picture quality is much improved over the DVD and many scenes are super clear. The audio quality is also a big improvement with a robust DTS MA 5:1 soundtrack that excels in all the right places and offers clean, well balanced dialogue.
The great thing about the DBS is it doesn't take itself too seriously and there are a few moments for laughter between the awesome action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun 2000
Format: DVD
This was a surprisingly good movie! Now don't go expecting a deep and intelligent movie cause it isn't and it wasn't meant to be. This is an original popcorn movie.
The DVD extra's are good enough and are satisfying.
Don't think to much while watching this movie just go with the flow and it's going to be a blast. Oh by the way the scene where the (always excellent) Samuel L. Jackson begins an all American speech about "courage" and "working together" and then turns to shark lunch is just classic!
A must have!
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Format: DVD
There's been a lot of warnings in the media about genetically modified crops of late, but at least they don't devour people whole. The GM-sharks in this film certainly do, and in chompingly graphic detail.
The plot is fairly straightforward; Saffron Burrows and her team of scientists have only 24 hours to persuade Samuel L Jackson, her main backer, that their work on shark's brains will help all mankind cure Alzheimer's disease.
Sam and Saffy take a trip to her oceanic research base where everything goes swimmingly, until the sharks suddenly get clever and start working together to plot the downfall of all aboard the research base.
The film quickly mutates into a cross between Jaws, Titanic and Jurassic Park, and sharks start pursuing the intrepid team, with the intention of picking them off one by one. The film's a bit more gripping than Titanic (and certainly not as long), and the sharks are less crap than in Jaws.
There are a few surprises along the way, including a creditable performance from 80s hip-hop star LL Cool J, as the base's cook (although why no-one was worried about his parrot putting droppings in everyone's tea is still a mystery to me). The biggest surprise of all, which will have you guessing right up to the end, is who ends up as shark nibbles and who ends up escaping. A good action movie, but don't expect anything deep from 'Deep Blue Sea'
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 7 Aug 2004
Format: DVD
About a half-hour into watching "Deep Blue Sea" I gave up on asking myself what the hell the people who made this movie were thinking. Then there is a scene where Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson), who once survived an avalanche, gives an inspiration speech to everybody still alive at that point in the movie. His words are punctuated in such a way that I knew we were not in Kansas any more and decided not to question anything that happened in the rest of the film. This proved to be a wise decision because what director Renny Harlin has created here is not so much a movie as an amusement park ride.
The explanation for what Harlin was thinking is provided on the special features, where it becomes clear the director wanted to make a movie where he could use modern animatronics and computer generated effects to show graphic shark attacks. The idea was to play with bigger and better toys than Steven Spielberg had when he made "Jaws." Of course, doing so sacrifices the cinematic artistry of Spielberg's film, but that is fine because Harlin is not playing in that ballpark.
There is a plot to the film. Scientist Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) has come up with a way of using the brain tissue of sharks to concoct a way of fighting Alzheimer's disease. The research is underwritten by Franklin's corporation at a giant deep-sea research station, where we have a shark wrangler (Thomas Jane), a cook who is a self-styled preacher (LL Cool J), and an assortment of entree items in the form of Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgard, Aida Turturro, and Jacqueline McKenzie.
But all that matters is that McAlester is playing Dr. Frankenstein and in making the brains of these sharks bigger, she has also made them smarter.
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