In the first place, I thought that was some gigantic fighting turtle on the cover and there just havent been any good mean turtle stories since King Kong days. Man was I disappointed when they finally let you on to the secret, eels. Geesh ....... eels ....... I shoulda known from the title.
Directed by Paul Joshua Rubin and written by Brian Mammett and Jeff Rank, Deep Shock takes you underwater into the depths of the USS Jimmy Carter, a nuclear-powered attack sub. Lets take inventory here:
We are looking for something that stalked and disabled the Seawolf type supersub. We have an underwater arctic research complex called Hubris. We have Hubris director Dr. Ann Fletcher and her archrival Dr. Chomsky. We have Dr. Anns ex-husband, Navy Captain Andy Raines. We have the Hubris research complex full of bodies fried to a crisp. Whats up? What else, conflict, scientists trying to save the destroying creature and scientists trying to destroy it, and oh yeah, a love interest. Let me not forget the dang eel - what a friggin joke that thing was. Dont get me started, it actually made the snake in Anaconda look good. In fact, it made the entire movie Anaconda look good. The only thing good I can say about the movie was that it was a free rental from Blockbuster.
In the first place, it really rankles me when they give a set of balls to a female and have her running this underwater complex then turn around and turn them into boobs when her ex-husband comes into the picture. Balls is balls, if ya got the moxie to get the job in the first place why do you suddenly turn into a simpering Gone With The Wind maiden in distress? I say bullcrap, just give the job to a guy in the first place if you are gonna do that to the babe.
Secondly, are there really that many demented scientists in the world and why are they always bent on destroying the very world they live in? I mean, I figure there are a few that really get their rocks off when something new and unexplained shows up, but do they forsake their lives and the entire world just to investigate it? Obviously that must be true because they use that theme in every dang creature related movie every made. There is always someone trying to save the monster for research.
And finally, why have a creature if you are going to have the picture so dark you cant see it (or see the bad makeup and CGI work done) in the first place? And why have the camera jump all around to distort the picture so you never get a decent look at their handywork? If Im gonna get attacked by a creature, I wanna see its evil face and look into its evil eyes, I dont want my imagination to makeup what it looks like. Trust me, you dont want the things that go through my head to come to life on the screen.
Other than that, it once again made me think of the many months those people spend living under water in those submarines and take my hat off to them. It also reaffirmed my conviction that I would never be one of them.
Interaction between players in this movie was just pitiful. Poor old David Keith was sweet loving Captain Andy Raines, ex-husband. I dont think he has ever recovered from his days of Officer and a Gentlemen when he was hanging around the set. He was so wishy-washy in this gig that I wouldnt have taken an order from him no matter how many stripes or stars or whatever he had on his uniform.
Then there is Simmone Jade Mackinnon who played Dr. Anne Fletcher, the ball-less wonder. She gave nothing to the part but a pretty look. Mark Sheppard was Chomsky the evil and his sidekick was Protas, played by Valdés.
Step back in shock (pardon the pun) there were no awards for this eel.
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When a large trench opens on the ocean floor, a research station is created to monitor it. A mysterious attack that eliminates all communication with the research station prompts a submarine crew to go down and investigate. They discover that the trench is related to a heretofore unknown species of giant eel-like creature which could possibly be a significant threat to humankind.