Deep Blue Sea is directed by Renny Harlin and stars Thomas Jane and Samuel L. Jackson as a group of scientists suddenly find themselves prey aboard a shark research facility in the middle of the ocean. I hadn't seen this film in awhile, probably since my teen years, and I honestly just remember it as another one of those 90s disaster flicks that were so prevalent at that time and it is. But it's also an incredibly fun, engaging, and sometimes ridiculous sci-fi action movie with a few horror elements sprinkled in as well. I've heard this film being made fun of in years since as a B movie on the level of a Sharknado and I think it's way more than that and dare I say my second favorite shark film behind Jaws.
Now don't get me wrong, I don't think this is near the level of quality of a Jaws and it's not winning any awards anytime soon, but as a fun action blockbuster, it delivers exactly what you would want out of it. The premise is a little silly and I still don't understand why they would send their entire crew home for the weekend during their most important breakthrough yet, but it mostly works in context of the story they're telling. The setting is pretty damn cool and the vibe that this almost abandoned, flooding research station gives off is pretty eerie and tense throughout the majority of the film. They do a good job here of really making you feel like anything could happen at anytime and that actually pays off several times in the film and is pretty effective. In particular one scene involving Jackson, which is a huge "holy shit!" moment. Jane and Burrows really do their best to add some dramatic tension in their performance, but the movie itself doesn't seem to be interested. I also really liked Michael Rapaport and LL Cool J in this as they provided some real comedic levity and were just fun characters to watch.
The score was really one of the only things that really bothered me here, because I felt it to be a little too overdramatized and just never really fit the tone of the film. I rarely get taken out of a movie by its music, but it didn't sit right with me at all. A super entertaining and fun roller coaster ride of a film!
SCORE - 8/10