Review: Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020)
After the abomination that was Deep Blue Sea 2, I couldn’t imagine that there would be a third one. Or that I would watch it if there was. But when Deep Blue Sea 3 turned up, it was with a writer and director with some interesting credits in their resumes. Director John Pogue had written and directed Quarantine 2: Terminal and The Quiet Ones, as well as writing Ghost Ship and US Marshals. Writer Dirk Blackman had also written the criminally underrated Vikings vs alien dragon film Outlander and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Given that, I had to check it out.
Little Happy is a man-made island that used to be home to a thriving community of fishermen. Now it’s been abandoned by all but two of them due to rising sea levels. For the third summer in a row Dr. Emma Collins (Tania Raymonde, Walden, Texas Chainsaw), Shaw (Emerson Brooks, The Last Ship) and the rest of her team have come here to study the effects of climate change on the sea life. Including the Great White Sharks.
This year, however, rising sea levels are the least of their worries. The genetically modified sharks from the previous film are in the area. As is a team led by Emma’s ex, Richard (Nathaniel Buzolic, The Originals, Vampire Diaries) and his sinister second in command Lucas (Bren Foster, Alpha Code, Infini). Their mission is to retrieve the sharks, at any cost.
Neatly letting us know the stakes, Deep Blue Sea 3 shows us the remains of several Great Whites. Then follows it up with a wonderfully macabre set-piece involving human remains. And that tells you what to expect from the rest of the film.
Deep Blue Sea 3 is a wonderfully dumb film. There’s nothing quite as outrageous as the sharks listening in on the humans in Part 2. But the scene where Richard threatens one of the sharks to get the others to stop ramming his ship is close. As is the one where they recognize a mine as a weapon.
The moment you see Little Happy, you just know it’s going to be destroyed. And it is. This leaves Emma and her crew to fight for their lives in burning buildings and shark-filled waters. And it’s not just the sharks they have to fight. Which sets the stage for all manner of outrageous death and destruction. They even manage to work in a fight between Lucas and Shaw that’s as good as you’ll see in many DTV action films.
One thing I will complain about though is the sharks themselves. Deep Blue Sea 3 looks like it used the same CGI as the original did back in 1999. I know this is a product of Warner Brothers’ cheap home entertainment division, but they could at least have sprung for up to date effects.
But beyond that Deep Blue Sea 3 is the kind of gory fun this summer needed. It’s available to stream now and will be out on DVD and Blu-ray August 25th. You can check the film’s Facebook page for more details.