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Deep Blue Sea  [DVD]
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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 in mind, one of the sharks attacks scientist Jim Whitlock, biting off his arm. However, the helicopter taking Whitlock to surgery crashes into the research centre and disables the protective security systems which keeps the killer sharks at bay...
Renny Harlin's first feature since The Long Kiss Goodnight reinvents the rampaging shark movie for the digital age. Echoing Alien and Deep Rising, a typically motley crew is trapped and terrorised in a remote ocean research station incapacitated by storms. Saffron Burrows' scientist has devised a means of using shark brain-tissue to fight Alzheimer's Disease, but it has the unfortunate side effect of increasing by fivefold the intelligence of the station's three test sharks. Once the sharks escape captivity, their captors become prey and Burrows, along with Thomas Jane's diver and corporate sponsor Samuel L. Jackson, are pursued through the station's maze of corridors. LL Cool J also appears as the most unlikely action-movie chef since Steven Seagal in Under Siege, chanting Biblical passages to his pet parrot and choosing the perfect omelette recipe as his message for posterity.See all Product Description
As the bizarre premise indicates, this is not a film for those seeking great acting or rich narrative complexities, but it does deliver action and effects in abundance, particularly with the state-of-the-art computer-generated sharks themselves. While they'll never attain the iconic status of Bruce in Steven Spielberg's Jaws (still the granddaddy of all screen sharks), Harlin's swift predators are clever enough to open doors and operate an oven. As the water level rises, Burrows indulges in some Sigourney Weaver-in-Alien-style disrobing, there is one of the great surprise-death scenes, shocking and funny in equal measure, and all concerned keep their tongues firmly in cheek. This DVD version also features commentaries from Harlin and Jackson, deleted scenes, a "making of" feature and a documentary on sharks. --Steve Napleton
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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.Read more ›
And that's what you get. 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.
Yes, of course, there are quite a few "well that wouldn't happen"'s; on the other hand there are several "my only consolation is that that bugger's about to swim through some VERY dirty water" moments.
As I say, no classic here, but it's good undemanding fun. Often under-reviewd, I feel.
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.
a visual spectacle.
At an Aquatic-Research Centre they have genetically altered the brain of the Sharks at the facility hoping to find a cure
When a Shark escapes the facility and attacks a 25 ft Yacht the group financing the operation consider closing it down and
send company executive 'Russell Franklin' (Samuel L Jackson) to the Centre to investigate the operation.
Just when things are going to plan one of the researchers is attacked by a Shark supposedly under sedation from that moment
on and at the height of a violent storm the Sharks apparently working together attempt to enter the facility by smashing the
large observatory window ...it seems the researchers have genetically increased the Sharks intelligence levels.
Now inside the flooded facility the Sharks are hunting down the researchers, it seems they have grown tired of being subjected
to tests and cooped up within a confined zone.
It now becomes a fight for survival for those working at the facility over the weekend including 'Carter Blake' (Thomas Jane)
'Dr Susan McAlester' (Saffron Burrows) 'Tom Scoggins' (Michael Rapaport) 'Janice Higgins' (Jacqueline McKenzie) 'Preacher'
(LL Cool J) and 'Russell Franklin' with the Sharks in pursuit.....they will not all make it out alive....
Though predictable there is certainly plenty of 'Water' plenty of 'Bite' and moments of tension....'Jaws' it's not, but, worth a spin
even just for it's visual content.
Good Blu-ray picture quality.
Special Features -
Commentary by Director Renny Harlin and Samuel L Jackson
Featurettres - When Sharks Attack and The Sharks of Deep Blue Sea
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
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.Read more ›