What's worse than a 1,500-pound, 20-foot-long killing machine? A 1,500-pound, 20-foot-long killing machine with the brains to outsmart a human being. That's the central premise of the Deep Blue Sea 2 trailer. Nearly 20 years have passed since the first movie and scientists still haven't learned their lesson about making sharks smarter. Seriously, do these films take place in an alternate universe where the Jurassic Park movies were never made? Maybe that could explain the Promethean folly of these characters who overreach in their quest to control nature.
The sequel follows level-headed shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre of Boogeyman 2), who is asked to consult on a top-secret project involving genetic enhancement on sharks. The project is conducted by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Michael Beach of the Red Dawn remake) at an underwater facility (of course it is) where the sharp-toothed fish turn on their bipedal masters and begin to pick them off one by one. It's a schlocky B movie, pure and simple, but somehow it just won't be the same without Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, and Thomas Jane.
While there isn't much deviation from the first entry in the franchise, Deep Blue Sea 2's villains are bull sharks instead of mako sharks. In addition, the experiments done on them are performed with the ultimate goal of unlocking human potential rather than finding a cure to Alzheimer's. We'd suggest a Richard Dreyfuss cameo, but he already used his on Piranha 3D. If only Roy Scheider or Robert Shaw were still kicking.
The film will air on SYFY this summer. You can also take the plunge with Deep Blue Sea 2 when it swims onto DVD and Blu-ray later this year. The movie was directed by Darin Scott (I Know Where Lizzie Is, A Housekeeper's Revenge).