DEEP RISING (1998) Reviews and overview

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‘Full scream ahead’

Deep Rising is a 1998 American science fiction action horror film in which hijackers battle tentacled sea creatures on a luxury ocean liner.

Written and directed by Stephen Sommers (Odd Thomas; Van Helsing; The Mummy Returns; The Mummy 1999).

The movie stars Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O’Connor, Wes Studi, Derrick O’Connor and Jason Flemyng.


” …this noisy ode to B-movies of the past eventually found something of a following on home video and basic cable, and it’s not hard to see why, with the helmer arranging plenty of mayhem, quips, and gore to delight those in the mood for something violent but cheeky. Though the true comedic value of Deep Rising is up for debate.”

“You have some great set-pieces, a number of really impressive death scenes, and a finale that pulls out all the stops when it comes to some stunts involving a Jet Ski zooming along on the water (no sarcasm, more people should appreciate just how good that stuntwork is). Deep Rising is a very fun way to spend 106 minutes…” For It Is Man’s Number

” …Deep Rising is fun. It’s a lot of fun, actually. The film makes use of a mix of practical and digital effects, and if that digital side of that equation very obviously looks like the product of the late nineties that it is, the practical side holds up really well. There is some solid gore here and a few genuinely exciting set pieces, right down to the completely over the top and highly improbable big finish…” Rock! Shock! Pop!

“The movie is essentially an Alien clone with a fresh paint job. You know something’s wrong when a fearsome tentacle rears up out of the water and opens its mouth, and there are lots of little tentacles inside with their own ugly mouths, all filled with nasty teeth, and all you can think is, “Been there, seen that.” Roger Ebert

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Cast and characters:

Treat Williams … John Finnegan
Famke Janssen … Trillian St. James
Anthony Heald … Simon Canton
Kevin J. O’Connor … Joey Pantucci
Wes Studi … Hanover
Derrick O’Connor … Captain Atherton
Jason Flemyng … Mulligan
Cliff Curtis … Mamooli
Clifton Powell … Mason
Trevor Goddard … T. Ray
Djimon Hounsou … Vivo
Una Damon … Leila
Clint Curtis … Billy
Warren Takeuchi … Radar Man (as Warren T. Takeuchi)
Linden Banks … Communications Officer
Jack Anker … Corpse
Anne-Simone … Video Vault Woman
Leanne Adachi … Toilet Lady
Melanie Carr … Dealer
Colin McCarlie … Sonar Man
Jim May … Mystery Man
Jana Sommers … Party Girl
Marti Baldecchi … Party Girl


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