In Deep Blue Sea 2, shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre) is invited to consult on a new, top secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Michael Beach). She believes the project, performed at a remote, sea-based facility, focuses on extracting shark antibodies to help work toward cures for human diseases. However, Dr. Calhoun is shocked to learn that the company is using unpredictable bull sharks as its test subjects, and Durant has bio-engineered a shiver of highly intelligent, super-aggressive bull sharks. When science meddles with the time-tested process of nature and nurture, the outcome can be deadly.
Deep Blue Sea is one of the last movies I ever thought would see a sequel. To be fair, though, its more of a rehash than a continuation. I think if you’re watching something like a straight-to-video sequel to a theatrically released movie, you pretty much know what you’re getting into. Imagine every such sequel, and you can fill in the blanks yourself. Deep Blue Sea 2 follows a group of people into an underwater research lab, where sharks are given super drugs to increase their intelligence. What could go wrong, right?
Well, what could go wrong is that the sharks could revolt, and use their newfound intelligence to outsmart their human hosts, in a series of over-the-top deaths, and cheesy dialog. Make no mistake, Deep Blue Sea 2 is a bad movie, but is it so bad that it’s good? Well, yes and no. It depends on how well you enjoy shark movies, monster movies, and Sci-Fi in the first place. If you regularly frequent the SyFy channel for their monster movies, chances are you’ll find something to enjoy in this sequel. If your taste is more mainstream, it’s probably going to be a miss for you.
There’s nothing overly wrong with Deep Blue Sea 2, beyond the fact that the acting and script are a little over-the-top, with an extra helping of cheese to help it slide down your throat. If you can get past the concept of super smart sharks that can sometimes be controlled with a pocket clicker, chances are you can make it through this, and even find a little enjoyment. Some of the deaths are cool, and though a lot of CGI is implemented, there’s a bit of practical gore, which mostly consists of the after effects of an attack. I personally enjoyed the movie, but doubt I’ll have a reason to ever watch it again. It doesn’t have much replay value. It’s a one-and-done type of situation. But, if you’re looking for something new this weekend, and you could go for a little shark action, you could make worse choices.
Warner Bros. Blu-ray release of the film is pretty much what you’d expect from a new release. The video and audio quality are both on par with any other new home video release, and the disc comes with a few little pieces of bonus content. Nothing to get too excited over, mind you. Some deleted sccenes, and a couple of featurettes, but to be given any bonus content at all is a plus. The disc features an AVC-encoded 1080p transfer presented in 1.78:1, and a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, as well as several alternate language tracks. The Blu-ray has been available since the 17th, but reviewers just got their copies on the 25th. So, in case you missed it, here is your recommendation to purchase your copy, if something like this interests you.
- Returning to the Deep – The Making of Deep Blue Sea 2 (Featurette) – Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of Deep Blue Sea 2 as they film the highly-anticipated sequel.
- Deep Blue Sea 2: Death by Shark (Featurette) – In this wildly fun featurette, the cast and crew of Deep Blue Sea 2 discuss their characters’ demise and the jump-out-of-your-seat moments in the film.
- Deep Blue Silliness (Gag Reel) – A collection of fun outtakes and bloopers from the feature film showcasing the cast and production team.
- Deleted Scenes – A few filmed moments that didn’t make the final cut of Deep Blue Sea 2. But we know you still want to see them.