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Deep Blue Sea

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*Also starring: Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool, Michael Rapaport, Wayne Knight

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Review by Susan Granger
2½ stars out of 4

It's "The Poseidon Adventure" meets "Jaws." Researchers aboard the floating laboratory Aquatica have come up with an amazing pharmaceutical discovery. Using mako sharks, they have discovered the key to regenerating human brain tissue - thus curing Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases. Only a doctor has violated ethical codes, genetically re-engineering DNA, making the experimental specimens smarter and faster. Suddenly a tropical storm strikes, and chaos reigns as the scientists are being stalked by the predators. The crew of this underwater compound, stranded on various submerged levels, must try to get to the surface - any way they can - as, one by one, they're chased and attacked. That's the predictable plot concocted by writers Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers & Wayne Powers. Director Renny Harlin ("The Long Kiss Goodnight," "Cutthroat Island," "Cliffhanger") focuses his attention on action and carnage. The sharks are animatronic with some CG effects, not totally believable, but Harlin effectively uses the elements of shock and surprise. British actress Saffron Burrows is a dead-ringer for Harlin's ex-wife, Geena Davis, and shark-wrangler Thomas Jane resembles Kevin Costner in "Waterworld." In the casting process, their looks were obviously more important than their acting ability. Rapper LL Cool J, as Preacher, the parrot-loving cook, is the most memorable character, along with Stellan Skarsgard, the project director, and Samuel L. Jackson as the financier whose company supports Aquatica. Of course, what you're wondering is: who will survive? On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Deep Blue Sea" is a shallow yet scary 6. It's a monster movie that will have you dreading water.

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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