Guys. Something happened in filmland that I was completely unaware about until this weekend. Something of epic proportions and… OK, not really that epic. But still, it’s the sequel of one of my favorite films. My number one guilty pleasure: Deep Blue Sea. I honestly don’t think this film should have gotten a sequel since 1. it was so good, no sequel can ever come close and 2. this could only happen with Thomas Jane and LL Cool J on board. Yet, here is it. Deep Blue Sea 2.
It’s still about really smart, angry sharks
From what I can grasp, Deep Blue Sea 2 is basically a 1:1 remake of the best shark film ever made. Here’s the IMDb synopsis:
A brilliant billionaire named Carl Durant is experimenting on bull sharks, which soon rebel to cause havoc for a group of scientists.
And this is the plot for the original Deep Blue Sea:
Searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.
So, there are smart sharks, and there are stupid scientists who will all get eaten. Except this time around, the scientists have bull sharks instead of mako sharks. These sharks too are known as very aggressive.
Deep Blue Sea 2 looks exactly the same
As soon as I heard this sequel was coming to us movielovers this summer, I watched the trailer. And that’s when I knew this whole sequel thing was a big mistake. Because IT LOOKS COMPLETELY THE SAME. Here are some screenshots from the trailer to demonstrate this.
Exhibit 1: There’s an underwater research station. And it’s not just a little bit under water, it’s very, very deep (blue sea). It looks pretty much the same as in Deep Blue Sea. Just a little more modern and flashy. But, I hear you say, what about the bit at the top? The part where the helicopter crashed? Yup, it’s also there:
Yes, including a big explosion so let’s assume this’ll go up in flames/down into the water as well. And hey, do you remember the room where Samuel L. Jackson held his epic speech (before he surprisingly got eaten)? Take a look at this:
It’s there. Including a large tank in the middle where a shark can surface, which later in the trailer obviously happens, duh. And if you look closely, at the left of this picture there’s a cool black dude making an important speech. Yup, they even copied that. And no, that’s no Samuel L. Jackson or L.L. Cool J. Sob.
So it’s probably a terrible film, right?
Without a single doubt. I couldn’t find any redeeming qualities in the trailer. The plot seems the same, the setting is the same, and there are no big names attached to the sequel. I’m predicting that bad shark films like The Shallows or 47 Meters Down are better than this shitstorm of a sharkfilm.
But… Deep Blue Sea is my ultimate guilty pleasure. I could watch it every week. So clearly, I’ll go and see Deep Blue Sea 2. If you want to see for yourself how terrible the trailer looks, go for it. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for my Blu-ray copy. You can bet your ass I’ll write a review for it as soon as possible.
All screenshots are taken from the IGN YouTube trailer