A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Characters seem to exist solely to voice clichéd action-movie dialogue.
Violence & Scariness
While the violence of the shark attacks looks like dated CGI, the attacks are gruesome. Characters eaten alive, eaten in half, or lose an arm before getting killed. Lots of blood, some gore. Sharks harpooned and killed, electrocuted and killed. A helicopter crashes into a control tower, killing everyone in the helicopter and control tower.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen characters on a boat appear to be on the verge of having sex before a shark starts hitting their boat. Reference made to a vibrator. A character finds an issue of Playboy and starts to leaf through it.
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"Motherf----r," "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "d--khead," "pissing," "crap," "damned." Middle finger gesture. A parrot uses profanity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette and cigar smoking. Vodka drinking. Wine drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 action/horror movie in which sharks who have been genetically modified to have smarter brains to cure Alzheimer's go on a rampage. While the special effects of the sharks attacking and killing is '90s CGI at its worst, the violence is still gruesome and bloody. One character has his arm chewed off by a shark below the shoulder; what remains gushes blood. Characters are chewed in half before they're killed. Sharks are harpooned and electrocuted to death. As bad as the movie is overall, some of these shark attacks are surprising and might be too much for more sensitive viewers. Some profanity, including "f--k" and variations. A parrot is fond of repeating profanity-filled one-liners, and there's smoking and drinking. Characters look through the living quarters of a female colleague who died in search of her vibrator. The movie is somewhere between Jaws and Sharknado -- some of the scares of the former and a lot of the cheese of the latter, sans the self-awareness. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie exists somewhere between Jaws and Sharknado, with none of the quality of the former and none of the deliberate self-awareness of the latter. In fact, the success of the Sharknado franchise seems to be the only logical reason for there to be a Deep Blue Sea 2 coming out nearly 20 years after the original. With its truly awful dialogue exchanges and one-liners, bad CGI special effects, and bombastic Michael Bay-esque cameras constantly swirling around, this movie embodies everything lousy about '90s action movies.
What saves Deep Blue Sea from being a total dud is that there are some surprises and plot twists to the played-out formula. Also, some of the human deaths from the sharks are so over-the-top, this could be seen as the precursor to Sharknado. However, this in no way overcomes how hackneyed everything else about the movie is. As it doesn't make many demands on the viewer, this is best for those seeking mindless action-movie entertainment with no expectations. That's about all that can be said for it.
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