Deep Blue Sea

Deep Blue Sea

Renny Harlin (1999)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In this popcorn sci-fi action thriller, three genetically mutated, super-intelligent sharks stalk the marooned members of an underwater research facility. A B-movie cast struggles gamely with the hopelessly mundane dialogue, but director Renny Harlin's submerged Cliffhanger remains afloat through sheer nerve, technical prowess and some truly spectacular shock moments involving computer-generated special effects. The tricks of the trade invented by Steven Spielberg for Jaws are all present and correct, but merely placed on a far bigger hi-tech canvas. The result is a gory, trashy blockbuster that succeeds despite its waterlogged script.


A scientist researching Alzheimer's disease devises a way to enlarge the brains of killer sharks on an isolated research facility to help develop her theories. However, the experiments result in a marked increase in the creatures' intelligence, and before long they manage to escape their confinement - with bloody consequences. Thriller, starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, Stellan Skarsgard, LL Cool J and Samuel L Jackson.

Cast & Crew

Dr Susan McAlester Saffron Burrows
Carter Blake Thomas Jane
Sherman "Preacher" Dudley L L Cool J
Janice Higgins Jacqueline McKenzie
Tom "Scog" Scoggins Michael Rapaport
Jim Whitlock Stellan Skarsgård
Brenda Kerns Aida Turturro
Russell Franklin Samuel L Jackson
Director Renny Harlin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence and swearingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Oct 1999