After “Jaws“, the waters of shark themed thrillers were dangerous to travel. Spielberg had put his stamp on the genre and few would be foolish enough to challenge his legacy. Of course after three less than stellar sequels and a couple decades followed, the time seemed right and director Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2, Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Vertical Limit) decided he would try his hand at making a shark movie. The cast was right, hell, the movie wasn’t bad, but in the shadow of Jaws you get swallowed whole.
On a science station in the middle of the ocean, an ambitious doctor plans to make Alzheimers a thing of the past. Using shark brain matter as the test subject, Saffron Burrows doesn’t see the inherent danger in creating super smart eating machines. She’s accompanied by a stalwart crew of character actors and personalities. Among them; LL Cool J, Thomas Jane, Stellan Skarsgard, Michael Rapaport and Samuel L. Jackson. We all know that the sharks will escape and it will be up to our motley band of survivors to do just that.
Deep Blue Sea is successful on many levels and has a few wonderful surprises in store for those of you who haven’t seen it before. Sure, there’s a cheese factor here as well, but after a summation that concludes this movie is about smart sharks attacking a science station, I think that you should be aware of what you’ll be watching. Fans of most of these actors should also be pleased. Each actor has a good amount of screen time and fun moments to enjoy. Transformers fans might also be interested to know that Frank Welker (the voice of Megatron in the classic cartoon) lends his squawking abilities to the parrot in the movie.
Fun precursor to Snakes on a Plane or brilliant cg homage to Jaws, you decide. Either way, this blu-ray treatment offers no new special features from the earlier DVD release. Although, the original already featured a commentary, deleted scenes and featurettes.