Deep Blue Sea 2 – USA, 2018

Deep Blue Sea 2 is a 2018 action horror science fiction feature film directed by Darin Scott (Something WickedAmerican Horror House; Dark House) from a screenplay by Erik Patterson (R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour), Hans Rodionoff (Hex; Man-Thing; Sucker) and Jessica Scott (R.L. Stine’s The Haunting HourGoosebumps TV series). The movie stars Danielle Savre, Michael Beach and Rob Mayes.

Shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre) is invited to consult on a top-secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Michael Beach). Calhoun is shocked to discover that the company is using the unpredictable and highly aggressive bull sharks as its test subjects…

  • Returning to the Deep: The Making of Deep Blue Sea 2 featurette
  • Deep Blue Sea 2: Death by Shark featurette
  • Gag reel
  • Deleted scenes

Review:

Deep Blue Sea 2 retells the basic story of Deep Blue Sea, just on a much smaller level. Whereas Deep Blue Sea featured an army of big, scary sharks, the sequel features one really big shark and a bunch of baby sharks, all of which are cute but deadly. Whereas the first film was distinguished by detailed set design that gave the underwater laboratory a lived-in feel, the sequel features a lab that is frequently so dark and under-lit that I often had a hard time distinguishing one actor from another. Whereas the first film features recognisable actors such as Samuel L. Jackson and Stellan Skarsgard getting eaten by sharks, the sequel features a cast that, with the exception of Michael Beach, is largely unknown.

And while the entire cast is undeniably talented and does the best that they can with what they’ve been given to work with, everyone in the film is playing a type.  Michael Beach is Durant, the pharmaceutical billionaire who, despite what happened in the first film, is breeding super-intelligent sharks and drinking their blood. (You read that right.)

Danielle Savre is Misty Calhoun, the shark conservationist who thinks that mankind is to blame for all the troubles in the world.  Rob Mayes is Trent Slater, the Navy SEAL who knows how to fight sharks. Nathan Lynn is Aaron, the nerdy virgin computer guy. Kim Syster and Jeremy Jess Boado are the obviously doomed married couple. Darron Myer is the guy who you know is going to die as soon as you notice that he doesn’t take off his tie, even when he’s in an underwater lab. And then you have Cameron Robertson as the guy who sticks his arm down a shark’s throat and Adrian Collins as the diver who thinks it’s a good idea to taunt sharks that can literally jump out of the water and bite your head off.

Of course, as soon as everyone’s in the lab, the super smart sharks rebel and the majority of the cast ends up getting eaten. There’s no big shock there. Some of the gore effects are well-done. Faces are ripped off with panache and one unfortunate victim falls apart as soon as he’s pulled out of the water. Michael Beach has a lot of fun with the role of the ranting Durant and it was impossible not to smile whenever he would smirk off Misty’s outrage.

For the most part, though, Deep Blue Sea 2 moves too slowly and doesn’t feature enough shark action. That said, I think this is the first shark film that I’ve ever seen in which the sharks actually growl at people and that’s got to be worth something.

Lisa Marie Bowman, HORRORPEDIA – A version of this review also appears on Through the Shattered Lens

Other reviews:

“Michael Beach is flamboyantly nutty as Durant and his motivating fear of an artificial intelligence-induced singularity is an interesting touch. Danielle Savre also makes Calhoun a pleasingly forceful protag. However, the rest of the ensemble bring little energy to their stock characters. Frankly, many of them look like they are just waiting around to get eaten.” Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

“Watching this is only slightly more rewarding than subjecting yourself to Roboshark or Zombie Shark or what have you. WB’s impending release of Meg only makes this even more confounding: presumably, that will be the good take on this sort of thing, leaving Deep Blue Sea 2 to feel like an unnecessary relic of what I hope is becoming a bygone era.” Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!

“It’s nothing special and has very few original thoughts. There are some truly awful moments in the dialogue but other than that, the writing is just not terribly inspired. For fans of shark movies, it could possibly fill the void until something better comes along, especially if you’re a fan of the SyFy originals.” The Savage Cinephile

Deep Blue Sea 2 has all the excitement of a lazy river float, except even alcohol won’t make this capsized disaster any more tolerable. All man-eater talk and face-nibbler action. Don’t be distracted by sloppy intestinal drips or limbless torsos – this is not the B-stunner Deep Blue Sea is. It’s not even in the same Olympic sized swimming pool.” Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

Main cast:

  • Danielle Savre – Boogeyman 2 
  • Michael Beach – Insidious: Chapter 2; The Abyss
  • Rob Mayes – John Dies at the End; Bones; The Horror Convention Massacre
  • Lily Spangenberg
  • Darron Meyer
  • Nathan Lynn
  • Kim Syster
  • Gino Lee
  • Jeremy Boado

Filming locations:

Cape Town, South Africa

 



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