See This - Deep Blue Sea

You're thinking "that HT box is seriously off codeSaffron Burrows in Deep Blue Sea

You're thinking "that HT box is seriously off code", aren't you? Saffron Burrows in Deep Blue Sea



Not to be confused with high-tone The Deep Blue Sea, from 2011, this action thriller whose USP is “smart sharks” got a mixed reception when it came out, everyone suddenly having forgotten how many people have tried to follow in the wake of Jaws – and totally failed. Renny Harlin’s film succeeds, mostly, thanks to his understanding of action, his writer’s reliance on the old “someone’s been messing with nature” plot, of Godzilla vintage, and a better cast than these things often have (Michael Caine in Jaws: The Revenge being a rare exception). So we have Saffron Burrows as a scientist who’s been genetically modifying sharks in an attempt to find the cure for Alzheimer’s. These experiments have made the ravenous beasts even more fiendishly clever than they already were. It’s also given them an appetite for human sashimi, which they set out to satisfy by breaking out of their high-security pens and laying seige to the scientists’ living quarters next door. All this is going on, wouldn’t you just know it, on a hi-tech facility miles and miles out at sea. Granted, Deep Blue Sea isn’t as elemental as Jaws, but then it’s not as sentimental either. Nor is it likely to put you off swimming in the open sea for ever. Instead you get Saffron taking her clothes off because the script strictly demands it, plus Thomas Jane doing he-man heroics, Samuel L Jackson playing a charismatic megacorp boss and LL Cool J as an eccentric cook. Two black men in a who’s-going-to-get-it-next film? Just one of the deliberately tantalising elements of a film that manages to blindside the audience to yelping effect on at least a couple of occasions. Deep Blue Sea is a film really best seen on a big screen in a room full of warm mortals but even at home there’s plenty in it for lovers of squirm, ouch and splat.

© Steve Morrissey 2013


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Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Run time: 105 min
Rating: 5.7
Genres: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson
Trivia: Searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.
Storyline A businessman sinks $200 million into a special project to help fight Alzheimer’s disease. As part of this project, medical biologist Susan McAlester rather naughtily figures out a way to genetically enlarge shark brains, so that disease-battling enzymes can be harvested. However, the shark subjects become super smart and decide they don’t much like being cooped up in pens and being stabbed with hypodermics, so they figure a way to break out and make for the open sea… Written by John Smith <>
Plot Keywords: shark, research, alzheimer’s disease, storm, shark attack
Box Office Budget: $78,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: £1,946,454 (UK) (15 October 1999)
Gross: £8,087,585 (UK) (3 December 1999)