Deep Blue

| May 15, 2005

Going for a walk along the beach. Feeling the sand between your toes. Listening to the ocean in the smallest shell. Watching the foam settle after the last wave has hit the shore. I can see the surface, but I always forget that there is an entire world underneath the waves. What do we really know about the world of the ocean? Deep Blue is the latest release from Miramax and BBC Worldwide, that will take you to a world where very few ever attempt to go. The footage is captured by some of the world’s bravest cinematographers who spent over 5 years, in over 200 remote locations, to shoot and deliver the ultimate truth – at least until now – of the true nature of the ocean. The director himself travels15,000 feet below the surface of the ocean to show its darker side by way of two MIR sub-vessels. These capsules, which are capable of traveling 31,000 plus feet and are normally only used for research purposes, allowed the director and his small team to actually descend the farthest down into the ocean that human beings have ever been able to see.
The film opens to crystal blue water all around and then cue the music….here come the dolphins! It was definitely not a trip to Sea World, where the true nature of some of the world’s deadliest creatures are underplayed by their captivity. This film is in no way an attempt to simply show the beauty of the ocean, it shows the ferociousness of it too. It’s premise was to educate and show some of the regular happenings for these animals in their natural habitat. The film makers try to give us a very close look at the daily lives, and cycles of life of all kinds of sea creatures, big and small. We see a feeding frenzy ensue when a migration of Albatross have to spawn and are immediately surrounded by Dolphins, Seagulls, and Humpback Whales.We also see young sea lions learn for the first time that they should be wary of the shallow water by the shore at high tide. When it all seems peaceful and safe, underneath the glassy surface is an Orca waiting to strike. This scene actually was the most interesting because, it’s a beautiful aerial shot of the Orca with it’s prey as it bounces it off of it’s tail. That will make you look a little differently at Shamu.
As the film progresses the director takes you further out, on migration journeys and to the deepest part of the ocean they could get to. Going under the ocean that far revealed an entirely different eco-system. These creatures have evolved to create their own light and what was wonderful about this footage is that everything was lit up like a carnival ride. Some of these creatures have been undiscovered until now, I had a good feeling about seeing something like that for the first time. It really is the side of the ocean that is hidden and to see it is truly an experience.
The entire movie is set beautifully to music with an amazing score by Academy Award Nominee George Fenton, best known for his work on Ghandi and Cry Freedom. The film had its slow moments and at times I definitely felt like I was back in Marine Biology class taking notes for a test. But when the movie kicked in – it really kicked in and made you take notice. Deep Blue was a great adventure on the high seas and really does give you a larger insight into a world that for many of us is there, but not really noticed. It attempted to really give the ocean a pulse much greater than it has now. It might make you sit up and realize not to throw trash in the ocean, or it might make you want to learn more about the different creatures. Heck, it even might make you a beach person where you might not have been before. I don’t think the film came across preachy and environmentalist at all, it was educational and it makes you think. Most movies nowadays are struggling to even do just that, so if you get an hour and a half and you want to travel to another part of the world, take a dive and get into Deep Blue.

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