A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Clear messages about ravages of climate change, specifically in the sea, and possible negative outcomes of genetic engineering.
Positive Role Models
Strong female characters: leading scientist/hero is smart, resourceful, loyal, brave, compassionate; African woman, native to the film's setting, is determined, extends herself to help others. Archvillain is relentless in his pursuit of task at hand, cruel and authoritarian. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Violence, frequent suspense. Expected shark mayhem: almost all of the cast is killed (eaten, sliced, bitten, beheaded, torn limb from limb by sharks). Fierce hand-to-hand combat between heroes and villains. Explosions, drownings. An island village is attacked by sharks and men: fire, collapsing buildings, flooding, death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One kiss. Skimpy bathing suits accentuate breasts.
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Occasional swearing: multiple forms of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer and shots in social settings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deep Blue Sea 3 is the third in a series of stand-alone horror-thrillers in which humans tangle with powerful sharks. Neither Deep Blue Sea 2 nor Deep Blue Sea 3 is a sequel to the original; however, in this one, the genetically engineered sharks that were created in Deep Blue Sea 2 are on the move again, coming up against a new cast and story. The highly suspenseful, vivid, and sometimes over-the-top action includes decapitation, dismemberment, attacks on unsuspecting scientists and technicians, and lots of blood and gore. Explosions, fire, flooding, and human hand-to-hand battles kill almost everyone the sharks can't get their jaws around. Swearing is heard occasionally: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch." There's one kiss and some revealing bathing suits. Beer and shots are consumed in social settings, never excessively. Amidst the mayhem, the film has a strong, wise female hero, and delivers sound messages about the dangers of climate change and genetic engineering. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Striking images, along with quality underwater footage and above-average performances, elevate this third franchise entry; it's watchable in spite of the often ludicrous story and over-the-top gore. Rooting interest is strong for the lead scientist in Deep Blue Sea 3. Tania Raymonde appears as comfortable with the action -- and there's lots of it for her -- as she is in her more intimate scenes with friends and co-workers. It's interesting to note that very few of the mostly sympathetic fish lose their lives in this film. Unfortunately, that's not the way it works for the humans who have encroached on their saltwater neighborhoods.
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