Deep Blue Sea 3 Blu-ray Review
Written by R.J. MacReady
Blu-ray released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Directed by John Pogue
Written by Dirk Blackman
2020, 100 minutes, Rated R
Blu-ray released on August 25th, 2020
Tania Raymonde as Emma Collins
Nathaniel Buzolic as Richard Lowell
Emerson Brooks as Eugene Shaw
Bren Foster as Lucas
You might have seen that Deep Blue Sea 3 was coming down the pike and, like me, thought, "Why?" The second film in the series is so bad that I can't think of a single thing good to say about it. It looks like it cost a grand total of a hundred dollars, and was probably written in one night by a high school dropout.
Then I saw a trailer for part three and thought, "Well...it appears they had a budget for this one." It looked promising, but we all know that it's possible to make good trailers for bad movies. I kept my expectations reasonable.
The movie opens with a subdued shot that basically sets up that there are another three "super sharks" like there are in the original film. (I honestly can't remember how many there are in part two.)
Soon after that we're introduced to the main character; a marine doctor named Emma, played by the smoking hot Tania Raymonde. I'm not too familiar with her other than seeing her as Ben's daughter on the TV show Lost way back when. All you need to know is she's hot and will get into a bathing suit whenever necessary. She's working at an abandoned fishing village that's now an on-the-water nursery for marine life whose appearance echoes the topside-portion of the lab from the first Deep Blue Sea. Honestly, for most of the movie I expected them to "surprise" me by telling me that it's what was left of the lab that had been turned into this nursery years after the events of the first movie.
The nursery observes the flourishing great white shark breeding that goes on in the vicinity, but it's all interrupted when a military team led by Emma's ex-boyfriend shows up and tells her that they're hunting three deadly sharks that have been genetically engineered to be smarter and deadlier than regular sharks.
As you might expect, lots of stuff goes wrong and people get eaten and stuff goes boom.
Honestly, this movie's a lot of fun if you keep your expectations in line. If you didn't like the first Deep Blue Sea then it's doubtful you'll like this one, but if you're a fan of that movie and/or other killer shark movies, then this is a good time with some eye candy for guys and girls alike. (There are more muscle-bound men wearing wife beaters in this movie than in your average gym.)
You also get some dodgy CGI shark effects – not sure why CGI shark artists think a shark can literally wheel-in-place in the water – but that's keeping with the genre. (Another tip to CGI artists: Sharks don't swim to a dead stop, ever.) There are also some very good looking shark shots, as well as shots where I wasn't sure if it was a practical shark or a CGI one. There's gore enough for the gorehound, and at only 100 minutes, it all moves pretty fast. It also contains one honest-to-God laugh-out-loud moment, as well as an abundance of cheeky moments of gore.
If you're looking for an aquatic monster movie to fill that Shark Week fix then look no further than Deep Blue Sea 3 – it's some solid B-movie fun.
Video and Audio:
The cinematography is rich and colorful, and very crisp. Honestly, a little too crisp at times during the CGI shark scenes, but overall a very good looking picture.
The movie is presented in DTS-HD MA: English 5.1, Dolby Digital French and Spanish. It also comes with English SDH, Francais and Espanol subtitles. I had no problems with the audio, which is frequently bombastic with sound effects, as well as a decent score by Mark Killian.
DBS3: Fight To The Death (5:11) is decent, if short, look at some of the action sequences. It gives you tantalizing glimpses of behind-the-scenes stuff without ever going very deep.
Sinking Sets and Sharks: The Making of DBS3 (5:23): At a certain point, I almost wish they'd just abandon the bullshit making-of segments if they're going to make them this short. How much can you really show in under six minutes on the making of a feature film? Not much, and if you're going to do it, DON'T SHOW ME A SINGLE FRAME OF THE ACTUAL MOVIE. Don't waste my time showing me stuff I've seen before. That's not why anyone is watching the making of. We want to see process; we want to hear why decisions were made and how things were created.
Trailers: Mortal Kombat movie (animated), Snatchers, Birds of Prey, Superman Red Son (animated). Oddly enough, there doesn't seem to be a trailer for this movie on the disc.
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