I must say, I was severely disappointed in this movie. When I go to the theater looking for nothing more than a good time, it really angers me when a movie can't even live up to those somewhat limited expectations. Especially when it's a shark movie by the guy who did "Die Hard 2."I must admit, "Die Harder" is the only Renny Harlin movie I've seen. I'm not really ashamed of that--I don't like Freddy Krueger of Geena Davis, so there would really be no meaning in my checking out the rest of his directorial cannon.
My limited knowledge worked against me, it turns out. Maybe I wouldn't have expected so much FUN from the man if I had seen the rest of his movies (I hear "Cutthroat Island" is pretty bad). That would be like me walking into "Alice Doens't Live Here Anymore" after watching only "GoodFellas" and expecting another funny, flashy gangster movie.
Now, I in now way mean to compare Renny Harlin with Martin Scorsese (Scorsese is a God of cinema; Harlin, from what I've seen, is a workaday hack with a sometimes on-target sense of visual thrill), I was merely trying to connect the two experiences to give the reader a clear picture of my sense of dissatisfaction.
Perhaps it was a bad analogy.
At any rate, I didn't like "Deep Blue Sea" very much. It's one of those movies (like the equally nasueating "Lake Placid") that straps itself up with B-movie conventions and then trys to transcend them with a modern, been-there, done-that attitude. That approach rarely works, and it makes for a somewhat queasy cinematic collision ("The Haunting" tried to pull off the same tricks by half assedly combining old fangled haunted house theatrics and Teletubby jokes).
The only real complaint I have, aside from the overall lack of effort, is the misappropriation of Sam Jackson's dramatic fire. He plays another one dimensional character now (even if he does make one of the coolest movie exits in recent years), and I've almost completely lost faith in his ability to convey anything except self righteous anger.
I kept waiting for him to get in the shark's face, and pull out his wallet--you know what I'm talking about.The one that says "Bad Motherfucker."