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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.
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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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