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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. The survivors down below realize that unless they can get to the surface - they'll drown. But what if the sharks are trying to get there too?

"Deep Blue Sea" is a fabulous little thriller with shocks and nibbles a plenty. Throw in LL Cool J and his talking parrot as the comedy element - Saffron Burrows looking delicious in wet suits - and Thomas Jane looking all manly as he saves the day - and this little number rocks.

The set pieces are great - the sinking facilities - shafts filled with water - biology bays getting creamed - the stand-offs with the genetically modified munching monsters in kitchens and corridors - the threat they represent if they get out to the open sea - it's all very clever stuff and well presented. So come the end when Saffron calls out Mister Nasty and his unfeasibly large set of gnashers (dialogue above) - your nerves will have been given a good gnawing over and you'll be cancelling that snorkelling holiday to Marbella.

The BLU RAY picture quality is handsome and a big improvement on the DVD I've had all these years. It's defaulted to 2.40:1 (16 x 9) and therefore fills the screen. Even in the dark night sequences and indoor shots - the clarity is great. The mighty 5.1 surround soundtrack has huge punch - especially when crashes, bangs and wallops happen (which is a lot).

AUDIO is DTS-HD Master Audio English 5.1, Dolby Digital Castellan Spanish 5.1, French 5.1 and German 5.1. SUBTITLES include English, Bulgarian, Castellan Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian and Swedish.

The EXTRAS include a Feature-Length Commentary by Director Renny Harlin and Actor Samuel L. Jackson, two featurettes "When Sharks Attack" and "The Sharks Of Deep Blue Sea" and Deleted Scenes (with optional Director commentary).

Reasonably priced and better than a slap across the face with a wet mackerel - treat yourself to Renny Harlin's watery wonder. And stop feeding your goldfish spinach...watch Samuel L. Jackson's fate in "Deep Blue Sea" and you'll now why...
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A pretty good cast fill this entertaining yet unchallenging monster flick. Directed by Renny Harlin, so expect no classic, but hope for good entertainment.

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.
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on 13 September 2010
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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Not a film to stretch ones imagination, as with many films of this type, forget the script and story-line, it's intended as
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
for Alzheimer's.
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
Theatrical Trailer.
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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. Her motives for doing so are quickly forgotten because these super smart sharks want to kill every human being in the station and that is what this movie is about. I bet you can guess who is actually going to survive the slaughter, but that does not detract from the enjoyment of the film either because the fun with "Deep Blue Sea" is enjoying, if that would be the proper world, the way in which the sharks put the bite on the humans.
So, if you know going into this movie that it is about a bunch of super intelligent mako sharks eating a bunch of human beings, then you can dismiss all of the scientific explanations and exposition as just prologue. You do not have to understand it and you can probably get away with even paying attention to it, because once the shark attacks begin that is all that is going to matter with this film. This is not the thinking person's shark attack film.
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on 11 November 2005
Origanally I thought this was prabably going to be just another Jaws movie. But was I wrong this film Has the ability to scare you half to death at same time there are some great action scene's as well. The film ends in the most unexpected way. The sharks in this film are so good you think your actually there the plot twist and turns in ways that total take you by surprise I recommend this movie to any one who wants to watch a truely scarey Shark movie. Deep Blue Sea is a must have purchase because its heart pounding thriller of a movie. For me the exolosions in this movie are out of this world. The extra features for this film are interesting and and worth watching.
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on 13 October 2013
Not normally a fan of shark films but this one is brilliant. With a brilliant cast including Samuel L Jackson, Thomas Jane and LL Cool J you cannot fail to love this film. The film takes place in an underwater research facility called Aquatica which is funded by the character played by Samuel L Jackson. The doctors who run the facility have genetically tampered with the sharks making them think for themselves and proving to be smarter than your average shark. When one of the characters is attacked by the test shark it starts of a chain of events which will see characters trying to outsmart the sharks for their survival. I am now a fan of the film and never tire of watching it.
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on 16 January 2015
A great shark film with plenty of action from about 10 minutes in and then it never lets up. You really feel that you are in the action, being hounded by hungry, intelligent sharks. A fun film but there isn't too much of a plot!
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on 20 October 2011
Video: 1080p HD - 16x9 - 2.4:1

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 = English; Dolby Digital 5.1 = Castilian Spanish, French, German

Subtitles: English, Bulgarian, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finish, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, European Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish
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on 21 September 2010
Big improvement over the DVD but what is then clear is how clunky the special effects and CGI is. Sure it's 11 years old now and CGI wasn't as advanced as it is now but high def really brings that home. Never mind, that aside it's great fun and doesn't take itself seriously at all and at times will have you squirming in your seat when people are taken by the sharks. Just put your brain in idle, sit back and enjoy!
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