Deep Blue Sea 2

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Gory shark tale has violence, profanity.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

It can be very dangerous to experiment recklessly with the planet's ecosystem. In other words, "Don't mess with Mother Nature."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Central character is trustworthy, smart, compassionate, and responsible; she's willing to challenge powerful enemies of the planet. Stereotypical greedy businessman; self-serving mad scientist. Ethnic diversity.

Violence

Shark aggression in multiple bloody and gory sequences: sudden attacks with deaths, dismemberment, decapitations, drownings. Explosions, fire, suspense.

Sex

Skimpy swimwear.

Language

Profanity includes: "f--k," "bulls--t," "ass," "hell," "damn," "knocked up," "screwed," "Jesus Christ," "piss," "p---y."

Consumerism

SIMS wetsuit.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Deep Blue Sea 2 is the direct-to-DVD follow-up to 1999's Deep Blue Sea. Not a sequel to the original film, this entry is simply a similar story about scientific folks who underestimate the intelligence and power of sharks. Underlying the mad scientist-versus-predator story is the timely message that humans still can't improve upon the planet's natural order and must suffer the consequences of their arrogant ways. Expect lots of shark activity: decapitations, dismemberment, kills, bloody water, and, to start things off, greedy fisherman getting their just desserts as the sharks get their own follow-up to a delicious meal. In this story, the wise, compassionate scientist who understands the cut-throats, both fish and human, is a smart, beautiful young woman. Profanity is frequent and includes words like "f--k," "ass," "p---y," "hell," and "s--t," among others. As in many horror films, the extra-violent scenes sometimes provoke laughter at both the silliness of the situation and the stupidity of those about to get attacked. Not for kids or the faint of heart.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBettyandrigo3 July 10, 2018
Parent of a 8, 14, and 17 year old Written byFernando V. May 8, 2018

Deep Blue Sea 2 Review

This is tilted as a sequel, but it more like a very bad remake, that is basically a insult to sharks. Deep Blue Sea 2 is a straight to DVD sequel that came out... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRuthless_7 May 2, 2018

Gory remake/sequel don’t bother

It’s over the top violent and the profanity is quite bad however used in a suitable way and not just used all the time. However, there’s a character who wears r... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 19, 2018

Better than the First

The reason I love the Deep Blue Sea franchise is because of the fact that their movies reflect on things that can actually happen, and aren't your average... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DEEP BLUE SEA 2, Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre), eminent shark scientist, is coaxed by a rich pharmaceutical company executive to visit to an ocean research facility near the coast of South Africa. The underwater research conducted there involves a bizarre effort to smarten up dangerous bull sharks with an experimental drug. Expert Carl Durant (Michael Beach) is leading the under-the-radar experiment and secretly has been administering the developmental drug to himself, as well. The egomaniacal scientist believes his discovery will hold off humanity's worst nightmare: a man-versus-machine future. As Misty Calhoun's apprehension turns to anger, then fear, the sharks get smarter while the researchers and their boss get dumber, despite accelerating warnings. Havoc ensues as the expected battle between man and fish begins.

Is it any good?

It's a pretty routine scare-fest with a crew of dopes following their mad scientist leader only to discover that "the shark did it" and will do it again and again and again. Deep Blue Sea 2 has all the expected horror tropes associated with ocean's most feared (and, as the heroine explains, "misunderstood") predator. As happens in many other low-budget horror flicks, the often ridiculous mayhem is laughable -- and maybe that's just what the filmmakers were going for. Suspenseful music and eerie sounds lead either to moments of false jeopardy or to mighty jaws opening to devour blissfully stupid people who just can't believe that they're treading dangerous waters with an experiment destined to go wrong. Who will live? Who will be fish food? Calling all sharks ... the buffet is open! Not recommended.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Deep Blue Sea 2. When does such mayhem become laughable? What do you think makes us laugh at such over-the-top gore? Talk about the impact of violence on young audiences.

  • Did you ever find yourself rooting for Bella and her herd? Do you think the filmmakers intended that? Why or why not?

  • What is the meaning of the film term "false jeopardy"? Which instances in this movie were examples of that device? How do moments of false jeopardy set up the audience for what's to come afterward?

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