No current topic this time, as we dive (pun intented) back to 1999. Everybody has a guilty pleasure; a film which is not really that good but is GREAT in your eyes. Mine is Deep Blue Sea. It scores a measly 5,8 on the IMDb and a 58% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 38% audience score on the latter site. Ouch. I know, there are way worse movies, but I love this film so don’t want to read negative things about it. So here we go, a loveletter to Deep Blue Sea, if you will. Obviously, there are spoilers coming.
Deep Blue Sea has the best plot
OK, so I’m a sap for disaster and monster movies, and Deep Blue Sea is a bit of both. The monsters are three genetically modified huge sharks and the disaster is the research station slowly sinking to the bottom of the ocean. What’s not to love? Here is the summary from the IMDb:
Searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.
The heroes must fight the crazy intelligent sharks while the research station they are on is sinking, courtesy of the sharks. So it’s either sink and die, get into the water and die or fight those nasty fishes and hope to live. The three main characters are Carter Blake (Thomas Jane), Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) and Preacher (LL Cool J). They each get to kill one of the three sharks. Preacher by making a shark flambé, Susan by electrocution and Carter by making the last shark explode. In the meantime, all of the other characters die a gruesome death and Susan doesn’t even make it out alive.
Why Susan dies in Deep Blue Sea
It’s just great to watch super freaky and smart sharks eat a lot of people. And boy, are there some awesome deaths in this film. A helicopter being pulled down by a shark is just one example. In total, six characters (and Preacher’s parrot, sadly) die due to the sharks. And I love it that one of the main characters, Susan, also dies. Most of the time the ‘love interest’ just manages to live. The death of Susan is thanks to test audiences, who just hated her. This is what director Renny Harlin had to say about that in a 2013 interview:
I remember us all sitting down and going, “Holy shit, we are in trouble. How do we fix this?” It was my idea, I said, “Okay, we don’t have time for a big reshoot but I have an idea. When she falls in the water, what if she doesn’t survive. She gets eaten by the sharks and L.L. Cool J is the hero. Everybody likes him, and Thomas Jane.
Deep Blue Sea has Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J
This fact alone makes the movie cool as shit. LL Cool J is basically the black Sean Bean. You know how Sean Bean tends to die in pretty much anything he is in? Well, LL Cool J happens to live through almost anything (spoilers, but he also survives Halloween H20, Mindhunters and S.W.A.T.). Funny enough, his character was supposed to die but since Harlin liked him so much, Preacher got to live. Ofcourse, LL Cool J also happens to be the world’s greatest rapper so to make things even more amazing, he made the themesong ‘Deepest Bluest’. Check it out:
And then there’s Samuel L. Jackson, Mr. Cool himself. It’s no secret that Harlin copied Alien when he deliberately killed off the best known actor in the entire film. Quite the shocker indeed! The speech Jackson’s character Russell Franklin makes just before he dies, is long, corny and pompous on purpose. It made the twist of his death extra surprising. The speech kinda gives you the feeling of Jackson’s other famous speech, Ezekiel 25:17, from Pulp Fiction. See for yourself how great this scene is:
Deep Blue Sea deserves your love
If you haven’t seen Deep Blue Sea before, why are you still reading this? Stop now and go watch it. It’s the best movie around. It’s a better shark movie than Jaws or Sharknado. OK, maaaaaybe Jaws wins by just a fin’s lenght. If you have seen it and are wondering why I am crazy because this film certainly wasn’t that good if you remember it right, give it another shot, please. And if you have seen it and love it, HIGH FIVE! Go and give Deep Blue Sea a high rating on IMDb because it deserves so much more than that 5,8.