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In The Deep (2016/Weinstein/Anchor Bay DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C

The 2016 Johanne Roberts film In the Deep is another recent enter in the 'shark' horror subgenre, which was dominated this year by the superb thriller The Shallows. The film stars Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson, Yani Gellman, and (real-life singer on a comeback) Mandy Moore.

This is a tough subgenre in horror to tackle, due mainly to the perfection of the shark movie in Spielberg's Jaws, its endless imitators (other fish and monsters) and the comparisons to that film are, of course, evident here. In recent years, the successes in the genre have been hit and miss with my favorite still being the 1999 goofball shark flick Deep Blue Sea.

Two cute sisters (Moore and Holt) end up vacation in New Mexico and also end up out on a boat with a bunch of studs. Lowered into a shark tank underwater and at first blown away by the beautiful of life under the sea, they soon end up stalked by a great white and are on a fight for their life to get back to the surface.

The screenplay, while full of some predictable moments, has an interesting premise and the underwater photography seen here is nothing short of impressive. Camera angles are used to hide the shark during tense moments, with the focus mainly being on the two actresses playing off one another. Sometimes this filmmaking trope works and sometimes it falls short. Perhaps with two stronger leads this could have been more compelling.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fine for DVD but could obviously benefit to a high definition update. No extras.

- James Lockhart



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