A group of people, including a leading marine biologist, currently live in a small, old resort known as “Little Happy” in an abandoned fishing village in Mozambique. Here the team are studying and monitoring the effects of climate change on sharks. Leading this team is Emma (Tania Raymonde). Before long Emma and the team are greeted by a large ship and its crew. The leader of this ship is someone Emma is quite familiar with. A member of this ship advises Emma that there are three genetically enhanced bull sharks currently swimming around near Little Happy. The three sharks have already committed murders which is why a team has been sent out on a hunt. Now Emma and her team must work together with the crew of hunters to capture (or kill) all three bull sharks.
Now going on record, I enjoyed the first instalment which featured in cinemas back in 1999. While a review has never officially been published, it is undoubtedly one of my favourite guilty pleasures in the brainless creature feature category. But the unexpected sequel was a major disappointment to me. So much so that I publicly announced Deep Blue Sea 2 as my top worst movie in 2018. So how does this third instalment compare?
Firstly, visually we have some significant improvements. The visuals of Deep Blue Sea 3 are quite pleasing. Regarding the killer sharks, the film relies on heavy use of CGI, which came as no surprise to me. The effects, including the shark’s tail and their swimming, also looked good.
Let us talk about the death scenes and gore. Those who are seeking an element of gore and horror will be excited to hear me state that this third instalment contains some of the most violent and outrageous death scenes within the franchise. Once again, some of the gore in this film is used to try and shock its audience and deliver humour. Sadly, most death scenes are predictable, and the film attempts to drag out tension. The film’s villain (aka the bad guy) was also another element which was too obvious and once revealed it only dragged the movie down as we hear several cheesy one-liners beginning to pour out. Thankfully, the leading characters were an improvement on the last instalment and provided much better performances along with likeability (but I guess that was not a hard thing to do).
The plot is quite thin, but any plot about killer sharks that are trying to be deep is kidding itself. The film also attempts to make minor connections to the previous instalment which felt extremely forced and somewhat vague. There is lots of fancy science talk which can drag on for far longer than what fans would prefer.
Overall, I am thankful that I was able to sink my teeth into this film more significantly than the previous instalment. Those who have seen a Deep Blue Sea film will know what to expect, and Deep Blue Sea 3 delivers just that. It is a brainless moment of entertainment with killer sharks. The plot is basic, but again, this is to be expected. This film might just contain some of the most violent and outrageous deaths within the franchise. No matter my final film score, movie lovers will take some pleasure with this direct to disc release.
Deep Blue Sea (2020) is Available on Blu-ray & DVD from August 12th
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Review Written by Peter Walkden