Deep Blue Sea

Synopsis: A businessman sinks $200 million into a special project to help fight Alzheimer's disease. As part of this project, medical biologist Susan McAlester rather naughtily figures out a way to genetically enlarge shark brains, so that disease-battling enzymes can be harvested. However, the shark subjects become super smart and decide they don't much like being cooped up in pens and being stabbed with hypodermics, so they figure a way to break out and make for the open sea...
Director(s): Renny Harlin
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Bigger. Smarter. Faster. Meaner....

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

So beautiful.

What's that?

- Did you feel something?

- Yeah, I feel something.

Hey, get back here!

Turn up the music!

We're having a party, man.

You guys are having fun. Boat's rocking.


- You're paranoid!

- Listen.

Did you hear that?

Listen, listen.

- You hear that?

- What is that?

Everybody, shh!

Stay up there.

What is that?

Come on!

Okay, we've had some problems

at the facility.

What we're attempting to achieve

has never been done.

We're this close to the reactivation

of a human brain cell.


...the $200 million I sunk into this company

is due in great part to your research.

But when the market opens Monday...

...despite my reputation,

I don't like heights.

Especially falling from them.

I'm sorry, honestly.

Tell me, Mr. Franklin, have you ever known

anyone with Alzheimer's?

Well, no.

By the end, all my father could do

was ask why my mother wasn't at home.

Each time I said she was dead,

I saw him take the loss like a car wreck.

200,000 men and women

develop Alzheimer's each year.

What if you could end all that suffering

with a single pill?

Give me till Monday morning. 48 hours.

I'll give you results

that'll skyrocket your stock price...

...or I'll help you pack the lab myself.

It's your call.

That was an impressive speech

you gave back there.

I read that article on you.

- The thing in the Himalayas.

- Alps.


We were just trying

to do something together.

Having fun.

Things went bad.

But you saved all those people.

Not all.

Navy built it for WWII submarine loading...


When they mothballed it, we picked it up,

added aquatic pens, underwater labs.

Your dime, I guess.

Looks like Alcatraz floats.

What do you think? She's a 12-footer.

She's beautiful.

- She wants to give you a big kiss.

- I bet.

She's got a license plate

jammed in her mouth.

It's a good deal, amigo.

Drop her, Billy!

Russell Franklin, Janice Higgins.

Marine biologist.

Jan will get you settled.

Welcome to our island paradise.

Where's Tattoo?

You know, short guy?

"The plane, Boss! The plane!"


I am getting old.

How much do you know about our facility?

Treat me like a tourist.

I hate tourists and I've decided

I'm going to like you.


I think he was bought in a pet shop

in Baton Rouge.

Ate everything in his tank,

and then ate the guy that bought him.

Next day, fills up the cab of the guy's truck

with water and drives to Baja...

...picking bones out of his teeth

with the license plate.

We need to talk.


Carter Blake, Russell Franklin,

president of Chimera Pharmaceuticals.

That was incredible.

Actually, they don't like the taste

of us very much.

If they bite you, it's because

they think you're a fat little seal.

Or a rich suit.

Nice meeting you.

Friendly place.

You got full sentences.

Usually, he just kind of nods.

Word travels fast

about why you're here and all.

Was that the Gen 1 that escaped?

That little guy? No way.

Those are the normals.

These three are the test sharks.

Two first-generation

and one second-generation female.

Beneath its glassy surface...

...a world of gliding monsters.

It's pretty scary stuff, huh?

Yes. It is.

Tower to water taxi.

Ben, I'm picking up a nasty little b*tch

of a squall about 30 miles out.


Copy that. We'll be all right.

Jan, stay out of the rain.

Where are they going? They hate me too?

They're going home.

We run a skeleton crew on the weekend.

But they probably hate you anyway.

There's Dr. Jim Whitlock,

the most brilliant man ever.

He's pissing into the wind.

How brilliant can he be?

You'll see.

What happened, deadeye?

You miss with the first shot?

It took two hits to even slow it down.

Are you kidding?

Two of these should've almost killed it.

Go tell it that, Scoggs.

You missed. Don't get mad at me

because you can't shoot worth a sh*t.

If you hadn't left the pen open,

I could've had a good sleep.

I already told the doc,

I locked the pen like I do every night.

The fish got out some other way.

What are you looking at me like that for?

Who are you going to trust?

Me, that's who. You trust me.

You know why? Because I'm trustworthy.

How high are these fences off the water?

Given the surface variations

and tensile strength...

Short answer, man.

Eight feet, give or take a centimeter.

I'm sorry. I'm making Aquatica sound

like a mental hospital.

No, not really.

Well, maybe a little.

The truth is, it is.

But almost everyone here is top

of their game.

Living below is like living in space.

You don't get very many mistakes.

Besides the catwalks... bought us titanium-based fencing

around all the lagoon and pens.

There are three sub-levels.

Sub-level One is living quarters.

Wet lab and workshops.

And Three:

and air-locked wet entry.

Welcome to Aquatica.

Did you dose the Gen 2 with the serum?

I had Carter do it as soon as you called.

It should be ready tomorrow night.

- But?

- We will not be ready.

Two months ahead of schedule.

We're skipping three rounds

of preliminary trials.

No choice.

You wait your whole life

for a single moment...

...and then one day, it's tomorrow.

So what exactly does a shark wrangler do?

Pretty much what it sounds like, I guess.

How'd you end up here at Aquatica?

I like the water.

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