Remembering Renny Harlin’s DEEP BLUE SEA Starring Thomas Jane & Samuel L. Jackson

Renny Harlin’s Deep Blue Sea scored $75 million in the US and $164 globally (from a $60 million budget) following its release on 28 July 1999. That’s a very good number for an original property released over 20 years ago. 

Nobody has an appreciation of Renny Harlin’s Deep Blue Sea like Movies In Focus. Renny Harlin‘s 1999 shark attack actioner is a stone cold cult classic. Harlin is a director who knows how to play-up the film’s far-fetched moments and this killer shark film wears its B-movie tropes with pride.

The film sees a group of scientists searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. They’re using mako sharks for their tests, but when the sharks become intelligent, the scientists become their prey.  

Deep Blue Sea might have quite a bit of (dated) CGI, but it’s not excessive. The mighty Thomas Jane makes for a tremendous lead and while the plot may be silly, it’s damn good fun. The rest of the cast is also loaded (and very eclectic): Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgård, Michael Rapaport and LL Cool.