Movie Review: DEEP BLUE SEA 2 (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

DEEP BLUE SEA 2 was directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay written by Hans Rodionoff, Jessica Scott and Eric Patterson. Tom Keniston serves as executive producer, and Tom Siegrist is the film’s producer. Deep Blue Sea 2 stars Danielle Savre in the lead role of shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun; Rob Mayes as Trent Slater, a highly decorated ex-Navy SEAL; and Michael Beach as Carl Durant, a big pharma billionaire with questionable ethics. Rounding out the cast is Nathan Lynn as tech expert Aaron Ellroy, Kim Syster as neurobiologist Leslie Kim, and Jeremy Jess Boado as clinical neurophysiologist Daniel Kim.

Building the better shark still isn’t a good idea. 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 2 follows Dr. Misty Calhoun who gets invited to this underwater research facility by Carl Durant who’s been experimenting on five bull sharks that has allowed them to grow extremely smarter. Bella is the main shark and guess what, she’s just given birth to some super smart killer babies that are hungry. What happens is, an accident happens at the compound and the bull sharks start attacking the people who are trapped inside the damaged area and left with little hope for survival.

Everyone finds themselves being hunted down one by one by these finned predators that slowly take some of the people out in gory fashion. As their numbers diminish and Misty ultimately discovers just how sinister Durant really is, she and a few others come up with a plan to escape the doomed research facility as well as find a way to stop Bella’s masterful plan of attack. In the end, Misty and a few other survivors are able to stop the super smart killer shark before it gets to them but not before Bella gets a little sweet revenge on the mad scientist who created her.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc is black and features the movie logo and the DVD Disc features its own artwork that’s similar to the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, it took nearly two decades for fans to get a sequel to the 1999 blockbuster hit and even though Deep Blue Sea 2 isn’t as awesome as the original, it’s still a fun killer shark movie. The story about this mad scientist performing experiments on these bull sharks was interesting and I thought the entire cast delivered some interesting characters. Danielle Savre did a great job as the heroic conservationist who goes up against the sinister pharmaceutical billionaire played just right by Michael Beach. For this to be a low budget sequel, I thought Darin Scott delivered the same kind of vibe that the first movie had because this one really did feel like a worthy sequel. There’s some impressive cinematography and use of colors to compliment Scott’s directing. There’s a lot of action that features several shocking moments fueled by blood and gore that’s delivered by the super smart killer sharks. The special effects were a mixture of old school practical effects and CGI and I thought most of it looked fantastic. All in all, I have to admit that I enjoyed this long overdue sequel for what it is, a low budget, straight to home video killer shark movie. Deep Blue Sea 2 is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include two featurettes, a fun gag reel, four deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • 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. (12:22)
  • 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. (06:32)
  • Deep Blue Silliness (Gag Reel) – A collection of fun outtakes and bloopers from the feature film showcasing the cast and production team. (03:08)
  • 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. (04:40)
  • Digital Copy 

 

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