Deep Blue Sea

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

At Aquatica, an underwater laboratory in the middle of the ocean, some ground-breaking research is taking place. The scientists have nearly developed a cure for Alzheimers disease using fluid from the brains of sharks. To do this, though, they have altered the sharks brains, making them smarter. And even though Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) has been informed about some disturbing behavior, she continues with the research because she is so close to her goal. After extracting brain fluid from one of the altered sharks for a final test of her research, the shark goes wild. And through a series of chain reactions, the floating lab begins to take on water. With much of the lab flooded and most of the exits blocked, the sharks are free to roam and hunt the people inside. Some of the special effects are not up to par with other recent films and the script is weak. However, DEEP BLUE SEA delivers action and excitement that people will flock to.

One of the doctors feels that altering the brains of the sharks is his work and not Gods. He says that he creates, not God. He does all of this with an obvious arrogance that is acknowledged in the movie. Another character is nicknamed preacher because he often talks to God. This dialogue with God increases when things go bad, and its all done in a positive, and sometimes funny, way. The main problem with this film, however, is the excessive and graphic violence. Several scenes show people being ripped to shreds by sharks. In one scene, the bottom half of the person is left twitching in the water and the camera zooms in close. Most of the other shark attack scenes show more than the initial bite. The shark generally gets the person between its teeth and swims like that with them for awhile, just enough so the audience gets a good view of it. Only then does the shark rip the person to pieces. Several obscenities are spoken, as well as many moderate crudities. The excessive violence and foul language send DEEP BLUE SEA into very murky waters.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (17) times - Mild 7, Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Several (7) times (f-word 3, s-word 2, other 2)

Profanity: Few (4) times - Regular 3 (GD); Exclamatory (Oh My God)

Violence: Many times Mostly Graphic (various explosions, woman cuts hand, people eaten by sharks, man slammed against wall, mans arm bitten off, shark stabbed in eye)

Sex: None

Nudity: None; Near Nudity - Few times (women in bikinis, woman in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once (reference to sex toy)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol, smoking)

Other: Character thinks he acts as God during experiments on sharks; characters talk to God; man urinates

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teens and Adults

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