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Deep Rising

There is one good scene in Deep Rising, too bad it is the very last one.

Treat Williams is Finnegan, the roust-about captain of a rusted out boat that has been rented out to a gang of thieves who are determined to board and pirate the largest, safest cruse ship on the seas.  Why the ship is in the South China Sea, where gruesome creatures rise from the bottom of the sea to menace the happy and wealthy passengers, is not made clear.  Nothing is clear.  One creature looks like a very large slug but moves so fast it has no ability to frighten.  There is enough blood, guts and vomit, but no suspense.

Director Stephen Sommers appears to be willing to count on limited special effects to carry the film.  The picture has no character development, not even an explanation of how the monster got to the surface or why it would want to come up for the first time.  There is no explanation to the pirates by the few remaining passengers of the ship as to what happened to the other passengers.  I can't figure out how Trillian (Famke Janssen) found a change of clothes, including a bra, in the men's quarters.

Kevin J. O'Connor has a comical part as Pantuci.  Wes Studi, who was so effective in The Last of the Mohicans, is reduced to a limited bad guy role, as is Djimon Hounsou, the star of Amistad.

After viewing Deep Rising I watched The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms on a classic movie channel.  Ray Harryhausen's 45 year old special effects put the slug in Deep Rising to shame.  The story by Ray Bradbury, even in old black and white, has more imagination and spirit than this splash in the ocean.

Deep Rising sinks.

It is rated R for violence.

Deep Rising


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