Ok folks, time to make a BIG, juicy post about a new movie that deserves it! I am sure this will be one of the longest posts I made on this blog.
You all should know Deep Blue Sea (1999), certainly one of the best shark movies with a big budget (60 million $….and that was 20 years ago).
Then in 2018, there was a successor with a tiny budget, practically the same plot…..but it wasn’t good. In fact, it was quite horrible. It had a short and uninteresting scuba scene.
This June I posted about the trailer for Deep Blue Sea 3. It was promising as it had quite a lot of scuba content and the female lead had some scuba scenes as well.
This week the movie was actually released and I watched it in the hope to be entertained and, of course, to find some good scuba scenes.
Deep Blue Sea 3 has an estimated budget of 5 million $. Certainly not an A-list movie.
I don’t know if they planned (before Covid) on releasing it on cinema screens, but I guess not, especially after the 2nd one was a disappointment.
Even after watching the trailer….I certainly didn’t expect to get HYPED like this 🙂
The setting is already nice with a tiny island that slowly gets swallowed by the ocean due to climate change. Even some parts are made by CGI, a pretty impressive setting for that limited budget.
Tania Raymonde, the lead actress, looked already familiar to me in the trailer, but I didn’t know for sure. After a check on IMDB, I knew for certain: Actually, I know her since the start of her acting career as she had a small role in “Malcolm in the middle” in the early 2000s. She was also in “Lost” and “Goliath”.
After 90 seconds she appears in the movie in a black, smoothskin shorty…. and ….my eyebrows…. moved up already. 😉
Preview – scenes from before AND after her first dive in the movie:
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And here is the video – scenes from before AND after her first dive in the movie:
Luckily this was only the beginning. A minute later she already starts her first dive in the movie….in this wetsuit and a FFM.
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The scene was too long to stay on Youtube (it was blocked) so, check it out here:
Tania’s first dive in Deep Blue Sea 3
(on google drive)
And that was only the beginning.
If I would post all the scenes of her scuba diving …and/or …wearing sexy wetsuits/bikinis throughout the movie it would practically be half the movie 😉
Here is a selection of her outfits that she wears both underwater and above the surface :
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The ultimate HIGHLIGHT of the movie is around minute 70.
[small SPOILERS ahead!]
The bad guys have placed an underwater mine that would not only kill the sharks but also sink the (artificial) island.
So, Tania gets into scuba gear once again and wants to defuse the mine. But the villain has sent a diver after her to stop her!
And what followed…let my lower jar drop… (+other things happened as well).
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And here is the video:
(*EDIT January 2022*: Now on google Drive since it is suddenly not welcome anymore on Youtube)
Over the years I have seen quite a lot of scuba fights. Some were good, others were bad.
But DAMN! THIS is how you make a scuba fight!!!!!
Ok, there are things you can improve here….but SO many things are done realllllly good:
– It’s a little weird that he doesn’t use the speargun that he still had as the villain sends him after her. He also doesn’t have a knife, or he doesn’t wanna use it. And he also fails to use the element of surprise. She was fully focused on the mine, so he could have sneaked up from behind her and ripped her mask off, stabbed her, cut her air hose etc.. Maybe he was too incompetent, he underestimated her… or he just wanted to have a real challenge instead of a “dishonorable” kill.
– The whole time you hear her breathing sounds from that FFM. It’s thrilling to hear both of them grunting and moaning as the fight goes on. You can really HEAR the struggle! A pretty rare thing when it comes to underwater fights.
– Tania really fights back! She is not the easy victim he may suspect. I love how she tries EVERYTHING: She attacks him with her knife, reaches for his mouthpiece, beats against his mask, claws into his hand, uses her elbow to hit him as he is behind her. Pretty sure I have never seen so many different moves from a frogwoman in a scuba fight! Love the fight choreography here! Often the bad guys (try to) yank out the mouthpiece of a frogwoman to drown her and that’s it. Tania has an FFM, so he can’t do that. She struggles frantically to keep the mask on as he is trying to yank it away from her forcibly.
– The whole struggle as he yanks on her mask…..is really awesome! A verrrry intense scene! A close-up on his hand yanking on her mask would have been great, but that’s only a minor issue. My slightly bigger issue is that the white shark rescues her a little too early 😉
Would have loved to see her struggling for some time without the mask, while her mask would be spitting her precious air. However, it’s great that he did manage to rip that mask off after all the struggle. The evil frogman had no luck after he finally managed to overpower her, he had a BIG advantage…..he gets eaten… 😆
This scuba fight is one of the very best in my opinion. Certainly in my TOP 5 of all time!
It’s great that we still get fights like this one! I guess I know at least 95% of the good ones….so I am VERY happy about new material! 🙂
Fun fact with some spoilers about the ending of the movie, don’t read it if you haven’t seen the whole movie!
>>>>> In this VIP section of August you will get one additional scuba scene from this movie ….. and 3 more different cuts of this EPIC scuba fight! <<<<<
I will upload and link these scenes today….so head over there if you are a member.
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I will upload some more scenes from this movie in the VIP club in September.
So, enough from me….what do you think of these scenes and the movie?
Would love to hear what others are thinking about it!
Leave a comment!
8 thoughts on “Frogwoman in FFM battles sharks and a frogman – Deep Blue Sea 3 [Hall of Fame – Scuba fight][Blog exclusive]”
LOVED THIS POST! WE PUT EVERYTHING WE COULD INTO OUR UNDERWATER SEQUENCES. FROG SQUAD SA AND STUNT NETWORK DID KILLER WORK. ENJOY! JP
Well, thanks a lot for making this movie and commenting here on my little blog, Mr. Director! 🙂
Ordered the german Blu-ray already and looking forward to the bonus material on it.
Looks great! Great job collecting scenes and screenshots. Thank you!
Amazing scenes. She looks great , the scuba battle was great. I can’t wait to see this film.
Thanks for posting this. It was a very well done scene and I loved the breathing sounds which were more authentic than the usual ones you see in scuba peril parts .
Whenever I see a scuba peril movie I often think of what could have been done differently to make it even more exciting.
I think it would have been greater if her scuba attacker would have turned her air off and watch and hear her gasping from her ffm. It would have been easier to do for her male attacker to work from behind to close that vital life support flow of air to her lungs and watch that panicked look in her eyes as she is overcome by the need to breathe but just as she barely has any strength left her attacker is snatched away by the shark!
She starts to desperately remove her tank harness so she can turn her air back on! We hear her crying gasps of relief as she recovers from an extremely long out of air trauma!
Yeah, a very nice scenario!
Or he could have sliced her air hose and she would have to fight to get his regulator in order to survive 😉
This is a great scene and I don’t normally like FFM gear. The struggle is top notch – a real fight for survival with her being overpowered eventually. I really like the breathing sounds in the mask and it would have nice to have seen some close ups in her mask as he managed to get behind her and start to rip it off.
Thanks for posting it.
Yeah, nothing much to add here 🙂