Nat, Cody, and Robert dive in and discuss 1999’s DEEP BLUE SEA.
As it comes up in the podcast, I think it’s fair to say that JURASSIC PARK gave the creature feature new life. DEEP BLUE SEA clearly owes a lot to that film as we have genetically modified animals on the loose in an isolated environment, far from rescue. One of those films perhaps had something to say within those thrills, while DEEP BLUE SEA really just wants to deliver well crafted thrills.
Arriving in the summer of 1999, the pitch of Deep Blue Sea is roughly “What if smart sharks?” And, frankly, that is pretty much as deep as it goes although there is possibly some sort of religious statement in it. Maybe. The science really just sets up the premise, although points are to be given for having a good motivation for stepping across ethical boundaries.
And points are to be given for playing with the formula. Who you think will survive may turn out to be wrong on first watch. DEEP BLUE SEA’s no f’s given attitude towards offing characters is perhaps its greatest tribute and is evident in its most memorable scene.
What DEEP BLUE SEA doesn’t do is launch the career of Thomas Jane as leading man. There are other compensating factors though. L.L. Cool J kind of becomes the stealth hero of the film. There’s room for Samuel L. Jackson to show why he’s a star. And most of the characters get some defining characteristics.
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