History Film / DeepRising

24th Jul '16 12:32:08 AM crazyrabbits
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''Deep Rising'' is a 1998 Creator/StephenSommers film, and arguably his best work (well, this or ''TheMummy''). The basic plot is that our hero, boat pilot for hire John Finnegan (Treat Williams), is contracted by a group of mercenaries to transport them to a luxury cruise liner that they intend to rob. When they arrive on board, they realize that no one is there. It appears that someone, or something, has killed all the guests.

Sounds stupid? It is. But one of the things that makes this movie such an excellent and endearing little flick is that it knows exactly what it is, and doesn't take itself seriously for one moment. It also succeeds thanks to a surprisingly good cast, fast pacing and good humor throughout.

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''Deep Rising'' is a 1998 Creator/StephenSommers action film, starring Treat Williams and arguably his best work (well, this or ''TheMummy''). The basic plot is that our hero, boat pilot for hire Creator/FamkeJanssen and directed by Creator/StephenSommers.

John Finnegan (Treat Williams), (Williams) is a for-hire boat captain who is contracted by a group of mercenaries to transport ferry them to a [[CoolBoat luxury cruise liner that liner]] they intend to rob. When However, when they arrive on board, they realize discover that no one is there. It appears that someone, or something, something has killed all the guests.

Sounds stupid? It is. But one
of the things guests.

They eventually meet a pair of survivors - professional thief Trillian St. James (Janssen) and the ship's captain, Simon Canton (Anthony Heald), who reveal
that makes this movie such an excellent and endearing little flick a malignant creature has infested the ship. What follows is that it knows exactly what it is, and doesn't take itself seriously for one moment. It also succeeds thanks a race against time as the mercenaries try to a surprisingly good cast, fast pacing and good humor throughout.
escape before the creature kills them all.



** Canton accidentally axes [[spoiler:Vivo]] in the head when he believes that it was the creature on the other side of the door.
** The triggerhappy mercenaries blow away a few passengers mistakenly at one point.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Canton and the mercenaries.]]
* AttackOfTheMonsterAppendage: The monsters are actually [[spoiler:the tentacles of a bigger beast.]]

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** Canton accidentally axes [[spoiler:Vivo]] [[spoiler:axes Vivo in the head head]] when he believes that it was the creature on the other side of the door.
** The triggerhappy mercenaries blow away mistakenly shoot down a few passengers mistakenly at one point.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Canton [[spoiler:Canton and the mercenaries.]]
* AttackOfTheMonsterAppendage: The monsters are actually [[spoiler:the tentacles of a bigger beast.]]beast]].



* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Entirely justified by anyone who attempts it, given that dying to the seamonster is a slow and awful affair.

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: BetterToDieThanBeKilled:
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Entirely justified by anyone who attempts it, given that dying to the seamonster is a slow and awful affair.



** Also subverted when [[spoiler:Hanover]] is grabbed by one of the monsters. [[spoiler:Joey]] hands him a weapon as an act of mercy, only for [[spoiler:Hanover]] to start shooting at him. While [[spoiler:Joey]] escapes, [[spoiler:Hanover]] tries to take his own life and discovers he doesn't have any bullets left.

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** Also subverted Subverted when [[spoiler:Hanover]] is grabbed by one of the monsters. [[spoiler:Joey]] hands him a weapon as an act of mercy, only for [[spoiler:Hanover]] the former to start shooting at him. While [[spoiler:Joey]] escapes, [[spoiler:Hanover]] tries to take his own life and discovers he doesn't have any bullets left.



* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Vivo is the first of the mercenaries to get killed off... [[DroppedABridgeOnHim and not by the creature, either]]. [[spoiler:Mason]] dies about halfway through the film, though he pulls the pin on a grenade first.
* BolivianArmyEnding: The ending features the heroes [[spoiler:now stranded on an island that seems to have more monstrous creatures they have to deal with. We cut to credits right before they come face to face with something that sounds like Godzilla.]]
* BottomlessMagazines: Lampshaded. The writers, aware that the plot will require BottomlessMagazines, introduce the primary weapon of Hanover's pirates as an exotic "Chinese" minigun assault rifle that is auto-cooling, water-tight and has a thousand round magazine. The small size is still preposterous, given that they drop full-sized assault rifle casings when they fire. Though in a strange adherence to established canon, they do occasionally run out of bullets at roughly the time that a five-barreled Gatling gun would burn through a thousand rounds while firing in bursts.

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Vivo is the first of the mercenaries to get killed off... [[DroppedABridgeOnHim and not by the creature, either]]. [[spoiler:Mason]] dies about halfway through the film, though he pulls the pin on a grenade first.
either]].
* BolivianArmyEnding: The ending features the heroes [[spoiler:now stranded on an island that seems to have more monstrous creatures they have to deal with. We cut to credits right before they come face to face with something that sounds like Godzilla.]]
Godzilla]].
* BottomlessMagazines: Lampshaded. The writers, aware that the plot will require BottomlessMagazines, introduce the primary weapon of Hanover's pirates as an exotic "Chinese" minigun assault rifle that is auto-cooling, water-tight and has a thousand round thousand-round magazine. The small size is still preposterous, given that they drop full-sized assault rifle casings when they fire. Though in a strange adherence to established canon, they do occasionally run out of bullets at roughly the time that a five-barreled Gatling gun would burn through a thousand rounds while firing in bursts.



* ChekhovsGun: Or in this case, Chekhov's torpedoes. Early on, the speedboat that drops off the ''Argonautica''; near the end, the surfboard sent flying by the exploding [[spoiler: charter boat]].

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* ChekhovsGun: Or in this case, Chekhov's torpedoes. Occurs numerous times.
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Early on in the film, the mercenaries arm all of the torpedoes onboard Finnegan's boat. [[spoiler:At the end, Finnegan rigs the boat so it will loop back around and ram into the ''Argonautica'', destroying both ships]]. ** One of the first shots of Finnegan focuses on a shotgun he has strapped to the back of his chair. He doesn't carry it for most of the movie, but straps it to his back later on, and uses it to [[spoiler:shoot out the creature's eye when it captures him in the ballroom]].
** When the creatures first attack the ''Argonautica'', a speedboat can be seen dropping off the ship into the water. Several minutes later, Finnegan's craft sees
the speedboat that drops off the ''Argonautica''; near too late and crashes through it, crippling their systems.
** Near
the end, the a surfboard sent flying by the exploding [[spoiler: charter boat]].boat, which is then used (offscreen) by Joey to swim to safety]].



* CombatTentacles: Near the end it turns out that the protagonists have been facing nothing ''but'' these [[spoiler:until they encountered the head.]]

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* CombatTentacles: Near the end end, it turns out that the protagonists have been facing nothing ''but'' these [[spoiler:until they encountered the head.]]



* DerelictGraveyard: In the opening scene of the film, before we switch to the main plot the creatures are seen travelling through a deep sea ship graveyard, some of them hundreds of years old, ''all of which they presumably attacked, ate all the people on it, and sank the ships afterwards''. There are even remains of whale skeletons besides the derelict ships.

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* DerelictGraveyard: In the opening scene of the film, before we switch to the main plot the creatures are seen travelling through a deep sea ship graveyard, some of them hundreds of years old, ''all of which they presumably attacked, ate all the people on it, and sank the ships afterwards''. There are even remains of whale skeletons besides the derelict ships.



** Hanover, [[spoiler:when he tries to sacrifice Joey to save himself, but Joey escapes and [[KarmicDeath Hanover himself is eaten]].]]

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** Hanover, [[spoiler:when he tries to sacrifice Joey to save himself, but himself. Joey escapes and [[KarmicDeath Hanover himself is eaten]].]]



* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Finnegan pokes out one of the creature's eyes on the boat.]]

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* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Finnegan pokes shoots out one of the creature's eyes on the boat.]]



* LockedInAFreezer: ''Argonautica'' security locks Trillian in the ship's cold pantry when she's caught stealing. In an inversion of the norm for this trope, this ''protects'' her from death because its insulating walls keep the tentacles from finding her.

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* LockedInAFreezer: The ''Argonautica'' security locks Trillian in the ship's cold pantry when she's caught stealing. In an inversion of the norm for this trope, this ''protects'' her from death because its insulating walls keep the tentacles from finding her.



* NoHoldsBarredBeatDown: When Vivo catches Joey snooping around their cargo, he and Hanover's other men proceed to [[CurbStomp curb stomp]] the poor guy out of existence and only Finnegan's [[BigDamnHeroes timely intervention]] keeps Joey from being killed.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Trillian gets out of her red dress and into some army clothes ''in front of the mercenaries, and Canton'', albeit she remains off-camera the whole time. None of the guys at any point glance at her while she's changing because they're too busy arguing. Although Finnegan does make a blink and you'll miss it comment on her "assets" when she slips a pistol into her back pocket.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatDown: When Vivo catches Joey snooping around their cargo, he and Hanover's other men proceed to [[CurbStomp curb stomp]] the poor guy out of existence and only guy. Only Finnegan's [[BigDamnHeroes timely intervention]] keeps Joey from being killed.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Trillian gets out of her red dress and into some army clothes ''in front of the mercenaries, and Canton'', albeit she remains off-camera the whole time. None of the guys at any point glance at her while she's changing because they're too busy arguing. Although Finnegan does make a blink and you'll miss it blink-and-you'll-miss-it comment on her "assets" when she slips a pistol into her back pocket.



** A more understated one happens when Simon Canton explains to the others what the creatures are capable of.



* PunchClockVillain: If it weren't the fact they're thieving and RuthlessModernPirates, if not brash and boisterous, the mercenaries would count as they are only concerned with completely their mission to force out the passengers to make way to sink the cruise liner, while being hardened, trigger-happy and somewhat crooked, they are not {{sadist}}s or completely unlikable (unlike [[HateSink Canton]]). Finnegan and his boat crew would also count, perhaps even more so then the mercenaries, with the Punch Clock side outweighing the Villain side.

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* PunchClockVillain: If it weren't the fact that they're thieving and RuthlessModernPirates, if not brash and boisterous, the mercenaries would count as they are only concerned with completely their mission to force out the passengers to make way to sink the cruise liner, while being hardened, trigger-happy and somewhat crooked, they are not {{sadist}}s or completely unlikable (unlike [[HateSink Canton]]). Finnegan and his boat crew would also count, perhaps even more so then the mercenaries, with the Punch Clock side outweighing the Villain side.



** [[spoiler:Also, the graveyard of sunken ships we see at the beginning seems to indicate that the creature long ago figured out that ships were easy to attack and filled with tasty morsels. This is probably the first time it encountered anything on a ship that put up serious resistance.]]

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** [[spoiler:Also, the [[spoiler:The graveyard of sunken ships we see at the beginning seems to indicate that the creature long ago figured out that ships were easy to attack and filled with tasty morsels. This is probably the first time it encountered anything on a ship that put up serious resistance.]]



* TeethClenchedTeamwork
* TemptingFate: At the end, [[spoiler: Joey]] says "This looks like a nice place" just before [[spoiler: something HUGE starts snarling and tossing trees around in the jungle]].

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork
TeethClenchedTeamwork: Hanover reluctantly teams up with Finnegan (after threatening him multiple times over the last several hours) after he begins to lose more and more of his men.
* TemptingFate: TemptingFate:
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At the end, [[spoiler: Joey]] says "This looks like a nice place" just before [[spoiler: something HUGE huge starts snarling and tossing trees around in the jungle]].



* TheEndOrIsIt: Probably the most memorable moment in the film, when our heroes wash up on an island only to discover [[spoiler: another giant monster lives there.]]

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* TheEndOrIsIt: Probably the most memorable moment in the film, when our Our heroes wash up on an island island, only to discover [[spoiler: another giant monster lives there.]]



* TravelingPipeBulge: When the worm monsters pass through pipes.

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* TravelingPipeBulge: TravelingPipeBulge:
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When the worm monsters pass through pipes.



* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:Alas, poor Leila. What a horrific death you must have suffered]].

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* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:Alas, poor Leila. What a horrific death you must have suffered]].[[spoiler:The spunky and capable Leila dies early on to establish the presence of the monsters]].



* {{Wormsign}}: Something makes the floor's iron grates rise up as it chases Finnegan and Joey down a corridor.

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* {{Wormsign}}: {{Wormsign}}:
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Something makes the floor's iron grates rise up as it chases Finnegan and Joey down a corridor.



20th Jul '16 5:54:56 PM Sharlee
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* VillainProtagonist: It is one of the few films that has no heroes or heroines. Finnegan and his crew are hired for villainous reasons. Trillian is a thief. The mercenaries are simply mercenaries, and the few crew members to survive the initial attack don't last long enough to do anything heroic.

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* VillainProtagonist: It is one of the few films that has no heroes or heroines. Finnegan and his crew are hired for villainous reasons. Trillian is a thief. Canton is a fraudster. The mercenaries are simply mercenaries, and the few crew members to survive the initial attack don't last long enough to do anything heroic.
20th Jul '16 5:53:14 PM Sharlee
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* VillainProtagonist: It is one of the few films that has no heroes or heroines. Finnegan and his crew are hired for villainous reasons. Trillian is a thief. The mercenaries are simply mercenaries.

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* VillainProtagonist: It is one of the few films that has no heroes or heroines. Finnegan and his crew are hired for villainous reasons. Trillian is a thief. The mercenaries are simply mercenaries.mercenaries, and the few crew members to survive the initial attack don't last long enough to do anything heroic.
27th May '16 3:12:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* EnemyRisingBehind: When the DwindlingParty reaches the kitchen, Mulligan wants to hole up there for a last stand as he thinks that it's the only place on the ship where they'll be save from the man-eating giant worms. This results in a MexicanStandoff when Finnegan and Hanover disagree, but before it can get violent one of the monsters slowly rises behind Mulligan.
9th Apr '16 1:18:49 AM Morgenthaler
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** Canton threatens Trillian with a flare gun, saying it "might not be quick, but it'll be interesting." Fortunately for her, [[BigDamnHeroes Finnegan shows up]] before this can be tested.


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* ManOnFire: Canton threatens Trillian with a flare gun, saying it "might not be quick, but it'll be interesting." Fortunately for her, [[BigDamnHeroes Finnegan shows up]] before this can be tested.
9th Apr '16 1:16:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* BolivianArmyEnding: The ending features the heroes [[spoiler:now stranded on an island that seems to have more monstrous creatures they have to deal with. We cut to credits right before they come face to face with something that sounds like Godzilla.]]



* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: The ending [[spoiler: with the heroes now stranded on an island that seems to have more monstrous creatures they have to deal with. The page quote is the last line as they find this out.]]
17th Feb '16 6:58:09 AM bt888
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** [[spoiler:Also, the graveyard of sunken ships we see at the beginning seems to indicate that the creature long ago figured out that ships were easy to attack and filled with tasty morsels. This is probably the first time it encountered anything on a ship that put up serious resistance.]]
8th Feb '16 11:28:49 PM akih08
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** Canton threatens Trillian with a flare gun, saying it "might not be quick, but it'll be interesting." Fortunately for her, [[BigDamnHeroes Finnegan shows up]] before this can be tested.
8th Feb '16 11:26:32 PM akih08
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** Ultimately subverted when [[spoiler: Canton decides it would be better for everyone not named Canton to "go down with the ship."]]
8th Feb '16 11:23:45 PM akih08
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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The mercenaries are obviously being paid handsomely to help Canton go through with his little scheme. And then there's Finnegan's motto:
--> "If the cash is there, we do not care."
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