Projections - Movie Reviews

The Deep

The Deep is an adventure film of diving and search for treasurer with its related dangers, it will be enjoyed by most film viewers

However, The Deep is not without its flaws, manufactured confrontation scenes such as two strong body guards twisting each other's neck until one breaks, are totally unnecessary and detract from the prime mystery and suspense of The Deep itself.  All the dangers caused by humans are false, contrived and quite silly.

In contrast the search for an answer to the puzzling location of the Spanish treasurer is engrossing as are the undersea discoveries and dangers.  The terror of The Deep though revealed far too quickly is nonetheless frightening and a tension builder for the divers and the audience to the end of the film.

Gail and David Sanders, a young couple played by Jacquelin Bissett and Nick Nolte (the poor man from TV's Rich Man Poor Man), later aided by a diving and treasurer expert Romer Treece (Robert Shaw), make three discoveries in one casual dive: (one) there is a Spanish treasure in a French ship on the ledge beneath (two) a World War II sunken munitions ship which holds thousands of morphine ampules (worth millions in drug traffic) and (three) a discovery that there is a terror in The Deep which attacks the girl by pulling her part way under the ship's hull.

The honeymooners are then lied to, attacked by a truck, kidnaped, searched and in another unnecessary regression Gail is the subject of a voodoo ceremony.  All this because others want one or both of the treasurers.  Who will succeed in securing the treasure is the main story line.

The search for evidence of authenticity of the Spanish treasurer and the actual underwater search scenes are excellent, realistic and provide enjoyable viewing.

The Deep is disappointing, one expects a totally natural challenge to the divers but ignoring the flaws The Deep is a better than average underwater adventure.

The Deep