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1990s, Monsters

Deep Rising (1998)

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A new cruise ship is disabled in mid ocean while a ex-military torpedo boat comes alongside allowing armed mercenaries to board, with the intention of taking it over. They find that the ship is deserted except for a female thief who has been shut up in a store and the owner with a few supporters in the ship’s vault. But on the ship as well is some sort of a marine monster which lurks in the water sloshing about in the alleyways. Their own craft is disabled, the cruise ship is slowly sinking, the monster threatens; can they survive?

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Just a smigin of people enjoying themselves in a big party before the ship is disabled. Scenes on the torpedo boat as the mercenaries prepare their weapons and then once on board the ship almost continuous running about in the corridors, often in water, being chased by the monster (or bits of it), shouting and firing their automatic weapons. There are some gruesome depictions of partially eaten people and distress as the monster grabs members of the team despite their fire power. Just a bit of drinking at the start, but no nudity or sex – if only we might say!

A View This movie portrays quite a few things I don’t like, namely people shouting all the time, and running about in semi-darkness. And sorry to say, when in the torpedo boat not only were the lights on in the pilot house during the night (one of my particular hates), they were not even bothering to look out of the window. And I know we should not be complaining about plot holes in a movie about sea monsters but there were a lot. So an ALMOST DON’T SEE, there are a lot of other choices.
Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A not very original screenplay
Director Stephen Sommers
Writers/Script Stephen Sommers
Starring Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O’Connor, Jason Flemyng
Additional Info The movie lost a fortune when it was released in 1998 but was re-released by Kino Lorber in 2018.

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