A gang of modern day pirates board a luxurious ocean liner intent on looting it of everything. But once on board the liner appears to be deserted, all traces of human life has vanished. It would seem some strange sea creatures have run amok and the pirates themselves are next on the menu!
Deep Rising doesn't have any delusions about what it wants to be, it was marketed as a raging B movie man versus beast gun fest, and that is exactly what it is, with tongue firmly in its cheek. When the tag line reads "Full Scream Ahead" then you get the impression it's not a film to be remotely taken seriously. Written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy), Deep Rising is a blend of Alien, Poseidon Adventure and Under Siege, all built around the Ten Little Indians structure. Blood spurts and quips are dealt, and the film isn't found wanting in the good old "it's behind you" department. The cast give it the full gusto histrionics, Treat Williams, the sumptuous Famke Jansen (holding her own surrounded by hundreds of pounds of testosterone), Anthony Heald, Kevin J O'Connor, Wes Studi, Djimon Hounsou and, erm, Jason Flemyng star.
It's a mini riot out at sea, great great fun. 7/10