Deep Rising (1998)
Critic Consensus: Its fleeting glimpses of creature feature mayhem are certainly dumb fun, but Deep Rising cribs from far too many better movies to stand on its own.
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as T-Ray Jones
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Critic Reviews for Deep Rising
Bemusing, how much money and effort go into the making of such a movie, and how little thought. It's months of hard work -- for what? The movie is essentially an Alien clone with a fresh paint job.
Ya gotta give a sliver of credit to any movie that would include the term "Half-Digested Billy" in its closing credits.
One of the big problems with this film compiled out of big problems: it has awful characters, and awful performances bringing them to life.
For a movie with so much story and set up, it's shocking how well "Deep Rising" comes together.
The rest of the movie is a predictable guns 'n' beasts gorefest that wants to be equal parts Aliens, Titanic, and Anaconda but winds up being all parts crap.
Audience Reviews for Deep Rising
The captain of a ship for hire is caught between a crew of mercenaries out to rob a luxury liner in the South China Sea and a plague of huge sea creatures with a taste for human flesh. An early outing by low brow crowd pleaser Steven "The Mummy" Sommers, Deep Rising is an enjoyably unpretentious creature feature containing the usual blend of big guns, dark corridors and gory deaths. Sommers is as adept as always at keeping the action cracking along at a fair old pace, never pausing for anything so trite as tension or character development and despite the fact that the effects have dated somewhat, the monsters are actually quite cool (the scene when one of the mercenaries is spilled out onto the deck by a wounded creature is a highlight!) The characters are the usual action movie stereotypes, but Treat Williams is fun as a kind of watered down Ash from Evil Dead 2 and I actually laughed out loud a couple of times. Famke Janssen is also a treat for the eyes and Anthony Heald is amusing as the obligatory back stabbing weasel and although the dialogue is little more than samples from the A to Z of lame one liners it's quite good fun. Trash, but entertaining trash.
Excellent monster mash and over the top riot of sea faring proportions which borrows from afew films but keep its tongue firmly in its cheek as a no bars hold B-movie. The way the plot unravels is much like 'Aliens' with a mish mash crew of cut throat mercs and civilians being surprised and taken down one by one by an unexplained sea beastie, the casting is unique and perfect for the posse of renegades who each have their own quirks and style which, again, does remind you of the classic marines from 'Aliens'. Its a very silly and obvious layout but Sommers doesn't try to hide this fact and goes all out with nice scares and some nasty gut churning makeup and cgi for the victims. The cgi does now look pretty dated and there is some really nasty blue screen effects but at the time this felt so good and really impressed, I saw the film on release at the cinema back in 1998 and I enjoyed then as I do now. Your typical popcorn flick with nothing to worry about in terms of depth, probably one of the best ensemble casts for awhile in a B-movie and a really terrific creature all add to a fun time. The text at the start gets you thinking about the deep for real and the ending is great stuff haha why no sequel??
Slime from the endless abyss (this time with teeth, ouch!) arises from the depths and must be stopped! Who among our plucky tongue-in-mercenary-cheek cast will survive this Poseidon Adventure meets Predator marriage made in hell?!? Fun goo to step into.
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