It may only be a coincidence that the long-gestating sequel to 1999’s Deep Blue Sea, first announced ten years ago, is finally coming out just four months before Warner Bros., home to both projects, unleashes their long-gestating big-budget shark movie The Meg. Or it may not.

In any case, Deep Blue Sea 2 is now available for your viewing enjoyment, or rather it would be if it was at all enjoyable, which it is not.



Filmed in South Africa, DBS 2 introduces us to Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre), a scientist and shark conservationist hired by pharmaceutical magnate Carl Durant (Michael Beach) to consult on the behavior of a cadre of genetically-modified bull sharks. It seems that the belligerent beasties, whom Durant nominally controls via brain implants, have been sneaking out of their aquatic pens and feasting on local fishermen. Of course the sharks, whose intelligence has been boosted exponentially by Durant’s meddling, are controlled by no one, and shark munching mayhem ensues once a significant number of victims have been gathered at Durant’s offshore research facility.



The original Deep Blue Sea, which essentially had the same plot, was an A-budget B-movie that reveled in its outrageousness. It also featured – spoiler alert for those who have not seen this 19-year-old movie – a spectacular Samuel L. Jackson death. Like, absolutely no-fucking-way! spectacular. You could call it a guilty pleasure, except we feel no guilt. Deep Blue Sea is awesome.

But the law of diminishing returns (and budgets) means that Deep Blue Sea 2 is, pardon the pun, pretty toothless. It rehashes key scenes from the original – will that anesthetized shark chomp on the scientist sticking his arm in its mouth? Will there be a sudden shark-related death of a major character? – while adding little that is original. We expect sequels to use their predecessor as a jumping off point, sure, but Deep Blue Sea 2 is peculiarly shallow given the amount of time that has passed since we first saw Jackson dragged away mid-motivational speech back in the last century.



More importantly, DBS 2 is just not fun. The script is weak, the cast is only adequate, and the CGI sharks are menace-free. It’s too bad, but Deep Blue Sea 2 has no bite.

Deep Blue Sea 2 is available on DVD and Blu-ray starting today.

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