Infinitely inferior to old B-movies or even to contemporary 'deep sea' adventures, this is another Hollywood claustrophobic-hedonist exercise, which thrives on the worst possible fears about benign scientific design and 'unintended' (!) consequences which unleash all sorts of horrors. Thus, the outcome feeds on misanthropy, the special effects lack any magic and the acting as well as the dialogues are terrible...
A trashy film that knows what it’s. And that’s all it needs to know. Bad dialogue and often silly characters. But it hams it up well. Rightfully plays its B-film concept (that would take a great auteur to make it serious,) as charming, fun, and adrenaline pumped. Creative set pieces, despite its first 40-minutes taking too long for its obvious typicality of a setup. Yet, once it gets to shark action, it delivers.
If anyone felt "Jurassic Park" was just too gentle, they only had to wait a few years for director Renny Harlin's nihilistic monster mash. Thanks to their crime of hubris and attempting to play God in the laboratory, a bunch of hapless scientists are given some of the most profane deaths I've ever witnessed onscreen. The ending credits song by LL Cool J is the icing on the cake ("My hat is like a shark's fin!").
Unrestrained silly garbage that earns points for big laughs, great (albeit ridiculous) action sequences, and the memories of seeing it in theatres at the tender age of 11 with a wimpy friend who was frightened to death.
It is a long time since the last decent movie about man-eating sharks and this one ups the danger by having them more intelligent due to scientific experiments. There are several fun-to-watch over-the-top death scenes and a cast game for the task of being chewed up by CGI effects. But being particularly original and decent it is not.