Saturday, August 5, 2017

Jules and The Punisher Fight Super Smart Sharks, or Thoughts on Deep Blue Sea

Shark fins have been viewed in Asian culture as enhancing longevity and virility so I guess it’s not a stretch in Deep Blue Sea (1999) that their brain tissue could be used to reverse Alzheimer’s and hey, why not engineer sharks with bigger brains so that we can harvest more shark brain?  What could possibly go wrong with a genetically enhanced, problem solving giant shark, and there’s your movie. 
Saffron Burrows portrays Dr. Susan McAlester, passionate shark expert while Thomas Jane is Carter Blake, shark wrangler, ex-con and handsome guy along with Samuel L. Jackson as Russell Franklin, the eccentric millionaire adventurer who’s funding the underwater research facility where they’re all stuck at when the sharks escape. 

Not a film for the galeophobic, Deep Blue Sea employs an effective use of animatronic giant sharks and underwater CGI sharks to create an effective and entertaining shark-based action movie.  Who doesn’t love sharks?  From director Renny Harlin of Die Hard 2 (1990) and Cutthroat Island (1995), and with a huge cast including Aida Turturro from The Sopranos, Michael Rapaport as Tom, Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd as Dr. Whitlock LL Cool J as Preacher, the cook, and voice actor Frank Welker, Freddie from Scooby Doo, as Preacher’s foul-mouthed parrot.

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