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DEEP RISING - 4 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1998 Calamari Pictures
Reviewed by Jerome Saincantin on 21 June 2001

The Characters:  

  • Finnegan - Treat Williams! The good guy. He's cool incarnated: barely flinching every now and then and even remains icy when kissed by Famke Janssen. What a guy!
  • Trillian - Famke Janssen! Finnegan's girl, the only survivor from the Argonautica. Wanted for burglary, picking pockets, and the attempted murder of her former boyfriend. You're in for a treat, Treat.
  • Joey Pantucci - Kevin J. O'Connor! Finnegan's mechanic and comic relief sidekick. Joey is a living example of how both bad guys and mother nature hate a loudmouth. Likable though.
  • Simon Canton - Anthony Heald! Weak and greedy owner of the Argonautica, plots its plundering and sinking for financial reasons. Completely fictional character - who'd be dishonest enough to do such a thing? Gets mightily blown up, hooray.
  • Hanover - Wes Studi. Leader of the mercs group, thus a tough guy with a nasty streak. Gets eaten alive after shooting at Joey instead of shooting himself. Misfires are here to punish the evil ones!
  • Captain Atherton - Derrick O'Connor. Captain of the liner; probably the only really straight guy in the cast. Folded in two and eaten like an appetizer.

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The Plot: 

On one hand, we've got a luxury liner making its maiden cruise whose passengers include a sexy burglar and a crook. On the other hand, we have a small, very fast ship full of mercenaries and torpedoes, whose crew is asking too few questions. In the middle, a member of the Ottoia family, and no, that's not a drug lord. It's a giant priapulid worm.

Now, here's how it goes: the crook also owns the ship and wants it sunk to get the money from the insurance; the mercs hired the boat and its crew to get them to the ship so they can plunder it and then sink it; the burglar's apparently here for a necklace; and Treat and friends are in for the money. Trillian gets caught and thrown into the cold room, Canton sabotages the ship's computers, Hanover takes over Finnegan's boat, and it's all going according to plan until the Ottoia crashes the party big time.

The fun starts here. The mercs, with Finnegan and Joey in tow, board the ship and find it an empty wreck. They eventually find a few survivors in the secure vault, including Canton and the Captain, but at the same time their second group is attacked. While running for their lives Joey and Finnegan stumble upon Trillian. By the time they finally regroup in a relatively secure area and amiably chat about what exactly happened on this damned ship, half the mercs are dead and they've seen what's left of the passengers.

From then on, it's a simple question of escaping from the bowels of the liner, going back to Finnegan's damaged ship and repairing it, avoiding being eaten by the incredibly nasty, smart, fast, tough and omnipresent worms, and of course anticipating all the double and triple-crossing that such a party can generate. Piece o' cake for a man such as Finnegan (of course)! All this done, the beastie blown up, and the baddies dead, he and his girl reach the providential deserted tropical island and settle in for a happily-ever-after life of sex and coconut-sauce crab.

Or do they...?

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • ALWAYS ask what the job is...
  • Don't use your galley/cold room as a brig; not unless you've got way more appetizers than you need!
  • You should always have mechanical backup systems for a computer-controlled ship. Oars, maybe.
  • To open an electronic door, just close your eyes and stick a hairpin into the circuits.
  • Chinese weaponry is VERY impressive.
  • "The Girl from Ipanema" will never again summon the same images for me...
  • NEVER, EVER say anything like: "I'm asking you, how could it get worse?" Murphy's listening.
  • When you're paired up with an absolute bastard, don't ask what you're gonna feed the beasties to slow them down...
  • Creatures living in complete darkness 40,000 feet under the sea need eyes and the ability to roar mightily.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 9 mins - Mercenary bonding rituals. What high levels of ambient testosterone can do to IQs.
  • 21 mins - Things to do when danger is afoot: PANIC! You'll never sit on the toilets again without a slight apprehension...
  • 32 mins - Mercs' reflection time, then more RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A CASINO!
  • 41 mins - Best anti-burglar system I've seen...
  • 56 mins - The bad guy shows off his knowledge of nasty, brutish, and mostly unheard of sea critters. End of the scientific minute, we go back to the slaughter.
  • 72 mins - Remove the pin of Mr. Grenade before you throw him...
  • 87 mins - Sometimes it pays that your partner is a poor shot.
  • 91 mins - Damage control technology leaves something to be desired in those modern cruise liners.


  • "Thank you, Joey..."
  • Finnegan: "Well, I guess we're stuck on this island."
    (Big kiss by marauding Famke Janssen.)
    Finnegan: "Well I guess we're stuck on this island..."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note deeprising1.wav Hanson: "You're not the least bit curious as to where we are going?"
Finnegan: "Like the sign says: 'If the cash is there, we do not care.'"
Green Music Note deeprising2.wav The group discussing their options.
Green Music Note deeprising3.wav Trillian: "This is not good."
Joey: "Are we talking some kind of mutated sea monsters here?"
Merc (Mason): "Who gives a s**t what they are?"
Green Music Note deeprising4.wav Finnegan: "You know how to use that?"
Trillian: "Yeah, if something comes at me I'll just pull the trigger 'till it goes away."

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Video Clipdeeprising1.mpg - 1.9m
Trillian, Joey, and one of the mercenaries (Mason) were waiting for Finnegan's signal before trying to swim through the flooded passageway, but this sort of changed their minds.

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Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by The Beast
I happen to really enjoy this movie.  In some ways it kinda sorta reminds me of "Tremors," another movie I really like.  I read the critics' reviews of this movie, and...let's just say, I never have liked what critics have to say.  But I think this is a fun movie, and I could watch it many times without getting bored of it.
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Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Alban Gelé
Je me suis bien amusé à lire tout ça, et encore plus pour le film. C'est un prodigieux moment de mauvais goùt, rien que l'idée d'un ver géant...les mers recèlent encore des trésors inconnus! :)
Ca m'a bien fait pensé à une partie de SOF que tu masterisais, et surtout, surtout, j'ai trouvé sympa que Joey survive, vu le boulet que c'était, c'est à lui que je me suis identifié. Et puis sa copine était super mignonne, dommage...j'ai l'impression que le Ver aime les sushis...:(
Et en plus, il y a de quoi faire une suite, l'assurance voudra bien savoir ce qui est arrivé à ce bateau...yerk!
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Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Schmatt
This movie is one of my favorite guilty pleasures (along with 'Event Horizon', only humorous).  I remember the first time I rented it, I turned to my housemate halfway through it and said:  "This movie has EVERYTHING!"  Slick production design, a good hero, the requisite hot babe (Famke Janssen - ouch!), some really NASTY creatures, and lots of cheeky humor.  Highly recommended!
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Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by pri3st
can any one tell me the name of the boat type ect that treat williams had in the movie as i realy want to buy one and if any  one knows of where one of the same type is ill pay a spotters fee.
by the way i live in australia and whould prefer a boat in oz
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Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by pred19
This is one of those pure, all-around fun movies. Sommers has a definite knack at delivering; great heroes, evil villains, explosive endings, tons of action and humor. The acting is good (you really HATE that sniveling little Canton) and the gore is more than gratuitous (like the half-digested screaming guy, that scared the hell out of me when I was ten). The monster... which was in fact a giant octopus, not worms [or maybe more than one octopus, anyone know] was totally insane, totally disregarding the actual anatomy of an octopus (like the tentacle-mouths and the huge jaws on the main head)... but make it so much COOLER! The jet-ski chase with the tentacles and fire and shooting was awesome, really satisfying, with a great climax for Jerry Goldsmith's score, which itself was both very foreboding at times and very tropical and lively at others.

Great movie- five stars!
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Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Scarecrow
This is definitely one of my favorite monster movies right up there with Hellboy and Tremmors. It's pure fun all the way through with no sap or messages to slow it down.
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Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Candace
I give this movie a 8-10 rating. I really love this movie! Nice CG as well as Humor Lines. I could watch it a million times and never get tiered of it. But too bad they killed of Mulligan(Jason Flemyng), hes one of my favorite Actors *sniff sniff*

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Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by DarkWarrior
Yeah...the movie's great. When I saw it I thought it was a 'pleasure cruise'(it is) although it had bloody scenes.....eck! BTW, who got MSN email me plz!!! (P.S I am a great fan of Famke Janssen!!!!)
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