Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Directed by Renny Harlin. Written by Donna Powers, Wayne Powers and Duncan Kennedy. Starring Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Jacqueline McKenzie, Stellan Skarsgard, Aida Turturro and Samuel L. Jackson.

Plot: a team of scientists in an isolated underwater facility become prey to genetically engineered sharks.

A shark attacks four stupid young people, but then hero Carter Blake (Jane) shows up and rescues them from being eaten. The shark that attacked them belongs to an underwater facility where scientists are doing their very best to use shark DNA to cure Alzheimer’s. They’re giving the sharks more hormones to ehance the protein in their brains because it apparently can reactivate human brain cells. And because sharks never get cancer and they are much stronger than us even as they age – duh!

After the attack however, the financial backers aren’t so sure about the project and they send Russell Franklin (Jackson) in to investigate. Turns out, one scientist, Susan McCallister (Burrows) has been genetically engineering the sharks by increasing the size of their brains to get more of the protein out of them. She had someone she loved struck down by Alzheimer’s, which makes it okay to experiment on them and then kill them. For smart people, most of the people in this movie are pretty stupid. And they soon get theirs.

The sharks begin to attack people and we could honestly care less. We don’t really like anyone. They’re all pretty selfish except LL maybe and most of them spend the entire movie fighting with each other.

Overall, besides character hatred, DJ really hated the special effects in this movie. The realism also sucked. And why does giving a shark a bigger brain immediately mean that it will begin to want to eat people? That’s not cool. The cast was great though. They all really did their characters justice. The ending was also very satisfying. But when all was said and done, it was just a mediocre movie and even less than that for DJ.

My score: 50. DJ’s score: 40.

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