Movie Review: Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020)

July 30, 2020

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:


Too often, the shark movies we get are campy and shallow with no real message or facts. That’s where Deep Blue Sea 3 is different. With a more serious tone, the movie is filled with real facts and the message that we need to protect these amazing creatures. I truly appreciate that director John Pogue and writer Dirk Blackman took this approach. Don’t get me wrong, there are brief moments of cheesiness, but for the most part, this is a story about determination and survival. So if you’re looking for something like Sharknado, just keep swimming.

In the film, a team of researches, led by the headstrong, passionate Dr. Emma Collins, are based on an artificial island. As they study the reef and shark nursery, a past lover of Dr. Collins arrives on a ship in hopes that she will help him find three sharks that have escaped a secret lab. Not knowing the entire story, the team joins the mission. But these are not any regular sharks, these are genetically enhanced, incredibly smart, angry, bull sharks. The team must find a way to protect the area and find a way to survive the sharks as well as a man with nefarious intent.

For those of you who crave blood and gore, the action-packed movie will leave you satisfied. Characters get ripped to pieces left and right, serving as chum in the water. And we get a couple of great kill scenes!

The star of the film, Tania Raymonde, did a fantastic job. She really brought a sense of realness and passion to her character, not to mention she comes off as a badass.

One of my favorite parts of Deep Blue Sea 3 is the fact that it is female-driven. While the three female characters are fighting for survival, they remain realistic. They’re no superheroes, but they are fighters, survivors, and they aren’t taking shit off of those sharks or the bad guys.

As for the men, Emerson Brooks did a great job of capturing the big brother vibe of his character. Nathaniel Buzolic really left you feeling his inner conflict. And Bren Foster nailed his character who is a demented asshole.

While there are moments where the CGI effects are noticeable, for the most part, the movie looks good, even while underwater. Of course, no real sharks were involved in the movie. Putting cast in the vicinity of real sharks would be way too dangerous.

I have to say, I really enjoyed Deep Blue Sea 3. It’s a fun flick with pretty much everything you need to make a good creature feature, action, drama, blood, and villainous creatures, and it’s a bit educational as well. It exceeded my expectations, so I’m going to give it a 5 out of 5. With the way it ended, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another sequel. Pick up your copy of Deep Sea 3 on August 25, 2020, on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD.



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