Deep Blue Sea is a solid guilty pleasure and was a modest hit upon its release in late summer of 1999. Now, 19 years later we are being served up a straight-to-DVD sequel featuring none of the stars or creative forces behind the original. So, it’s quite interesting that Deep Blue Sea 2 maintains some buoyancy and doesn’t drown in the cliches and tropes that have come to define follow-ups that skip a theatrical release. Sure, it lacks Renny Harlin’s super-charged directing style and I personally missed Thomas Jane’s character, but this sequel is almost good enough to be on the same tier as the original.
A shark conservationist (Jessica Scott) is hired to consult on a top-secret project on genetically enhanced sharks funded by a pharmaceutical billionaire (Michael Beach). Soon after her arrival, the highly intelligent super species turn on their handlers and begin to pick off the crew one by one.
Deep Blue Sea 2 is better than the typical dreck you’d find running on the Syfy channel late at night. It comes from the Warner Premiere division and that stamp of quality helps the picture feel like a full-fledged experience and not something to endure, Sharknado this isn’t. The Meg is still the champ of guilty pleasure shark movies this summer but Deep Blue Sea 2 has plenty of entertainment value on its own modest terms.
Director: Darin Scott
Writers: Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, Jessica Scott