Deep Blue Sea 3 is a 2020 horror film directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal, Blood Brother, & The Quiet Ones). Pogue is mainly known for writing The Skulls trilogy, Ghost Ship, U.S. Marshals, & Rollerball. It’s a sequel to 1999’s Deep Blue Sea & 2018’s Deep Blue Sea 2. It was written by Dirk Blackman (Black Mask 2: City of Masks, Outlander, & Underworld: Rise of the Lycans). It was produced by Hunt Lowry (Revenge, The Last of the Mohicans, A Time to Kill, Donnie Darko, & Career Opportunities). The budget was estimated at $5 million & it went straight to video for it’s release.
Dr. Emma Collins (played by: Tania Raymonde from Goliath, Lost, Cold Case, & Texas Chainsaw) is a scientist who is following in her deceased father’s footsteps. She works to preserve the ocean, especially sharks. Worried about climate change causing island flooding, she has been studying this problem on the island of Little Happy for the last three years. She has a small team helping her which includes Eugene Shaw (played by: Emerson Brooks from The Last Ship, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Super 8, & National Treasure: Book of Secrets), tech genius Spinnaker (played by: Alex Bhat from Halo: Nightfall, Des, & Hanna), & Miya (played by: Reina Aoi from The Old Capital & Sûpu: Umarekawari no monogatari). The man-made island has been subjected to flooding from rising sea levels, reducing the population that was once quite numerous to only two Bahari (played by: Siya Mayola from Poppie Nongena, Moffie, & Amaza) & Nandi (played by: Avumile Qongqo from Deep State). Dr. Collins has another reason to be here; guided by a great white named Sally. The problem is, three bull sharks have entered these waters, followed by a ship with marine biologists & mercenaries. Richard (played by: Nathaniel Buzolic from The Originals, Hacksaw Ridge, Out of the Blue, & Needle) is one of the biologists on the boat, he once had a relationship with Dr. Collins. He tells her & her team that these bulls killed people along a river. It’s a lie, they escaped from a research lab owned by a pharmaceutical company. The other biologist aboard, Lucas (played by: Bren Foster from The Last Ship, Force of Execution, Maximum Conviction, & The Osiris Child) intends to kill the bulls by killing everything. His men place a mine on the extremely vulnerable rocks above the nursery & below Little Happy. Now Dr. Collins must fight off these crazed killers & dangerous sharks at the same time to survive this living nightmare. Can they make it out alive or will everything be destroyed????
Deep Blue Sea 3 is definitely much better than the last sequel & it’s taking the horror franchise in the right direction but it still doesn’t come close to the original. This one has better visual & special fx compared to 2. It was a hybrid between a shark & suspense thriller with a hostage situation. It has a better script & story but I thought the overall cast was not as good as that sequel. The only two stand outs when it comes to performances was Tania Raymonde & Nathaniel Buzolic. They both carried this production. The rest were unknowns & actors mainly known for television. They weren’t horrible or anything like that but they were nothing special here. I thought the villains in this were cliche & really weak, it would have been much better with different casting for these roles. It had a nice mix of horror & action in this follow up. Deep Blue Sea 3 covers all kinds of sub-genres & I think generally most people would enjoy it for that very reason. It had a nice flow to it & the cinematography was solid in this. It was fun & entertaining, it had some quality suspense towards the end with some interesting fight scenes. I never expected Deep Blue Sea to be a trilogy but I am down for more movies in the series if they are more like this one. If you are a fan of shark, action, & thrillers, I definitely RECOMMEND this one!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation & special features from Warner Bros! This 1080p (2.39:1) transfer looks stunning on blu ray. The underwater visuals & cinematography really shine here. It has a few different audio options which includes English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, & Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0 on this release. The dialogue is crystal clear here, all the chaos has a killer boost to it especially the suspenseful moments, & the music is elevated. It has English SDH, French, German SDH, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, & Swedish subtitles. “Deep Blue Sea 3: Fight to the Death” is a little over 5 minutes. It has interviews with the director, cast, & crew. It has some behind the scenes footage from the production. They chat about the action & stunts for the film. They talk about their experience working on it. “Sinking Sets and Sharks: Making Deep Blue Sea 3” is a little over 5 minutes. It has interviews with the director, cast, & crew. It has some behind the scenes footage from the production. They talk about the visual fx for the sequel. They bring up the locations for it. They show how they put a few things together for it. It also has a slipcover, a digital code, & a DVD copy of the release. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!