Ok, before I begin, you should know… I enjoyed watching the first Deep Blue Sea. It had some corny one-liners, plenty of blood, and a decent story. Well… decent enough.
For those that haven’t seen it, the story is set in an isolated underwater facility where a team of researchers are using Mako sharks to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s. These genetically engineered sharks are super intelligent and work together on flooding the facility.
Despite some questionable CGI, animatronics and real shark footage in places, I found it pretty fun. But I can certainly see why it’s a bit of a Marmite film, you either love it or hate it.
Then we have Deep Blue Sea 2.
As with many straight-to-DVD releases, you should know what to expect by now. Sure, there have been some ok films over the years, but not this one. What they have seemingly done is just copied the setup from the first film, and decided to make it worse.
It also appears that people haven’t learned from the mistakes made in the first film, and once again more sharks have been experimented on — but this time it’s to boost human intelligence. Why not eh?
As usual, there is a ‘mad scientist’ involved, inviting someone to consult on their project alongside them. In Deep Blue Sea 2, said scientist is Carl Durant, a pharmaceutical billionaire, who has asked Dr Misty Calhoun to consult on his new project.
She’s unaware of the true nature of his work, and so far believes that the company is using shark antibodies to work towards curing diseases. To her horror, the mad Durant has been using Bull sharks for his experiments, and once more we find ourselves in a copy/paste version of the first film.
I guess to some up, Deep Blue Sea 2 was definitely a movie that was all bait and no bite (sorry). Sometimes they should just stick to one… but that’s probably wishful thinking!
I suppose if there is one new element here, it’s the baby sharks that swim amok, and create a new form of chaos amongst the surviving crew as the facility starts sinking. I really wanted to enjoy this film, and even watched it multiple times to see if my opinion would change.
Spoiler: It didn’t. This is a terrible B-movie that a few people might enjoy, but most won’t. If you want to check it out for yourself, hire it. Don’t waste your money buying it.
4/10 Flush it away.