Deep Blue Sea 2 Blu Ray Review (Warner Bros)
Deep Blue Sea 2 is a 2018 horror film directed by Darin Scott (Caught Up, Dark House, & House Party: Tonight’s the Night). It’s a sequel to 1999’s Deep Blue Sea which is very popular & it’s considered one of the better movies made in the shark sub-genre. Warner Premiere originally planned on doing this film in 2008 with director Jack Perez but it kept running into problems & it ended up getting delayed to the point where Warner Premiere didn’t exist anymore. His sequel sounded like it could have been elevated to a theatrical run because it was very detailed with more production value & it was going to feature weaponized sharks which sounds really expensive! That wouldn’t have fit the Warner Premiere label at all so that’s the reason that version never went anywhere. Warner Bros decided to step in & took over the project years later. It was always meant to be direct to video so not that much changed since it was first conceived. It was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.
Pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (played by: Michael Beach from Aquaman, Justice League Unlimited, ER, Third Watch, & Sons of Anarchy) has put together a team with their own separate special talents to work for him which includes ex-navy seal Trent Slater (played by: Rob Mayes from John Dies at the End, Thor: Ragnarok, Ice Castles, & The Client List), tech expert Aaron Ellroy (played by: Nathan Lynn from Outlander & Blood Drive), neurobiologist Leslie Kim (played by: Kim Syster from Death Race: Inferno, Cape Town, & Sterlopers), & neurophysiologist Daniel Kim (played by: Jeremy Boado from House Party: Tonight’s the Night & Striving for Freedom). He has a top secret project & experiments going on in his remote under water laboratory. Shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (played by: Danielle Savre from Station 19, Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Heroes, Boogeyman 2, & Bring It On: All or Nothing) is invited to join the crew & she thinks she’s there to consult on extracting shark antibodies to help work toward cures to save lives from diseases. Dr. Calhoun finds out there’s more than that happening at this facility. Bull sharks are being used as test subjects. They have been enhanced by the scientist. The sharks are now smarter, faster, & more aggressive! They turn on the crew & use their newly found skills to hunt down each member. What monsters did they create? Can they survive their own work after being trapped?
Does that sound a little familiar? How about the characters? Deep Blue Sea 2 comes across more like a low budget remake instead of being a sequel to the original 1999 film. I am not saying it’s a shot by shot type of deal & it does have it’s differences compared to the first film but the source material is real close to it. After all of the countless bad & cheap shark movies over the years especially from SYFY, it actually makes you appreciate this one more. I will say this about 2, the CGI is so much better than the original so that’s definitely a step in the right direction. The set pieces & the cinematography are very impressive in this. The 3 leads were actually pretty good in this direct to video effort. Who was the real villain in this? Michael Beach or the sharks? Bella & her gang of sharks were vicious in this. Horror fans will be happy with the body count & deaths in Deep Blue Sea 2. Michael Beach always gives a quality performance & his presence elevated the film. The mad scientist with a god complex is a fun character to watch. Rob Mayes was the protector & muscle at the facility. He was willing to save everyone no matter what. Danielle Savre is beautiful & it’s easy to watch her do anything in this. Her character is sassy & doesn’t back down. It’s good to see her get bigger roles, she’s currently blowing it up on Grey’s Anatomy spin off Station 19. I am curious if they are going to make a 3rd film after this, I guess it depends how this performs.
Let’s talk a little about presentation on this blu ray disc. First off, I noticed it was BD-25 but since it’s a major studio effort the high definition (1.78:1) transfer still shines from the high tech scenery & oceanic location in Deep Blue Sea 2 shot by DP Thomas L. Callaway. You get plenty of audio options for this release which include English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, & Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1 so it covers lots of ground when it comes to different languages. It sounds GREAT in my home system! The dialogue, the score, & all the tense moments will satisfy anyone when it comes to this type of film for audio.
Now, it’s time to discuss the special features on here provided by Warner Bros. “Returning to the Deep: Making Deep Blue Sea 2” is a 12 minute featurette. It’s a behind the scenes look at the cast, crew, effects, & stunt work during the production. “Deep Blue Sea 2: Death by Shark” is 6 minute featurette that focuses on the kills in the film. 3 minute “Gag Reel” which features bloopers & funny moments during filming. 4 “Deleted Scenes” that run almost 5 minutes. It also comes with a DVD & digital copy. Before Deep Blue Sea 2 starts Warner Bros also provided trailers for Dirt, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Batman Ninja & Tomb Raider. Recommended for any fans of the shark sub-genre & direct to video sequels. If you enjoyed the original Deep Blue Sea you will have fun with this, just turn off your brain first & just enjoy the entertainment before viewing.