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Buckle up for edge-of-your seat excitement with the explosive hit DEEP RISING, an unstoppable high seas action thriller that moves at full scream ahead! When a band of ruthless hijackers invade the world's most luxurious cruise ship, they're shocked to discover the passengers have mysteriously vanished! But that doesn't mean they are alone! Something terrifying is lurking just out of sight: a deadly force from the unexplored depths of the ocean that begins to snatch the horrified intruders one by one! Treat Willliams (THE DEVIL'S OWN) and sexy Famke Janssen (GOLDENEYE, ROUNDERS) lead a group of survivors who must overcome incredible odds in their breathtaking battle to escape the doomed ship alive!
Following in the reptilian slime trail of Anaconda, this derivative monster movie from early 1998 plays like a cross between Titanic and Tremors, with parts of Aliens tossed in for good measure. Director Stephen Sommers couldn't recognize an original idea if it swallowed him whole--which, by the way, is exactly what happens to a lot of passengers on a luxury ship that is attacked by a giant serpent-like sea creature with a voracious appetite for human flesh. Treat Williams plays the leader of a mercenary crew whose members discover the ravaged ship and wage war on the creature; Famke Janssen joins him as an onboard thief and con artist who just happens to be highly skilled with automatic weapons. Of course, the action grows more intense as the body count rises and along the way the monster is gradually revealed in all of its gruesome glory. A guilty pleasure if ever there was one, Deep Rising arrived in theaters shortly after another waterlogged thriller, Hard Rain, and if nothing else it provides proof that the B-movie monsters of the 1950s are alive and well and as cheesy as ever in the age of digital special effects. --Jeff Shannon
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Definitely reccomend viewing this one at least for a good sci-fi monster movie.
The seller also sent this movie in great condition and, even though it was open, the disc was flawless. I really want to thank the seller for having this available to buy.
The acting by the leads is good. I love horror films in which a small group of people are brought together and required to overcome their differences for the sake of mutual survival in a scary and hostile environment, usually one that they are trapped in for awhile. Also, nice if they are heavily armed so we can see alot of gunfire during their battle for survival.
This film is a bit too long. I think trimming a half hour off of it would have helped.
Also, this is one of those early films that relied too heavily on obvious CGI monsters (obvious because the lighting on them does not quite match their environment) that briefly pop up at unexpected moments. Basically there is just a jumble of CGI tentacles coming through pipes and walls and doors through most of the film. Finally, at the end of this overlong film one gets to see THE monster which is some sort of giant man eating octopus...I think. If they had just used a few actors in rubber octopus suits that attached and ate expendable cast members who had occasionally wondered off by themselves, then that would probably have been MORE effective!
Yeah, I would still recommend this film to the sci-fi / horror film fan just for the excellent acting by the leads and the claustrophobic environment of the ship they are all stuck on. The explosions look good, too. But, be prepared, because I think you will find the giant sea monster a bit of a disappointment.
Good cast, neat weapons. The "Triple Pulse" Gatling rifles first make there appearance here. The CGI is rather good considering it was made in the middle 1990's along with "The Relic" had a fine monster of unusual aspect. So it is with this thing. At first its tentacles looked like they are the creatures with no eyes and horrible complex mouths that swallow you whole and dissolve you with digestive acids. That hides something you will see in the climax.
No extras in this version. The transfer looked good on my TV.