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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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Stephen Somers wrote and directed this $50 million science-fiction action-thriller. Set in the South China Sea, the story has been described as a cross between The Poseidon Adventure, Alien, and Die Hard. On the maiden voyage of the luxury liner Argonautica, pickpocket Trillian (Famke Janssen) is caught stealing jewels and locked up. After the ship's communication system is infected with a virus, the ship collides with a massive underwater object. When John Finnegan (Treat Williams) and others board the Argonautica, they are surrounded by death. Survivors Trillian, builder Simon Canton (Anthony Heald), and others talk of sea monsters, but Hanover (Wes Studi) doesn't believe them -- until the fanged, squid-like creature (designed by Rob Bottin) extends its huge tentacles and makes its presence known to all. Filmed in Vancouver and the northern Pacific under the working title Tentacles.

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Treat Williams
as John Finnegan
Famke Janssen
as Trillian
Anthony Heald
as Simon Canton
Kevin J. O'Connor
as Joey Pantucci
Wes Studi
as Hanover
Derrick O'Connor
as The Captain
Jason Flemyng
as Mulligan
Cliff Curtis
as Mamooli
Trevor Goddard
as T-Ray Jones
Una Damon
as Leila
Warren Takeuchi
as Radar Man
Linden Banks
as Communications Officer
Jack Anker
as Corpse
as Video Vault Woman
Leanne Adachi
as Toilet Lady
Colin McCarlie
as Sonar Man
Jim May
as Mystery Man
Jana Sommers
as Party Girl
Marti Baldecchi
as Party Girl
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Critic Reviews for Deep Rising

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7)

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a peak American 1990s action film, boasting numerous explosions, jet skis, New Gilded Age hubris, uneasy racial politics, anxieties about computer technology, surveillance, and state-of-the-art digital effects by Industrial Light and Magic.

September 6, 2021 | Full Review…

Ya gotta give a sliver of credit to any movie that would include the term "Half-Digested Billy" in its closing credits.

June 6, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's man-eating tentacles on a boat directed by Stephen Sommers. What more could you ask for?

December 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Every single line of dialogue was a one-liner and it was just every single trope.

October 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

One of the big problems with this film compiled out of big problems: it has awful characters, and awful performances bringing them to life.

July 28, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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??

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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