‘The Deep Blue Sea’ Trailer Teases An Artsy Period Romance

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:37 am,

The Deep Blue Sea with Rachel Weisz The Deep Blue Sea Trailer Teases An Artsy Period Romance

First things first: The Deep Blue Sea has nothing to do with Renny Harlin’s cult 1999 horror movie about super-intelligent mako sharks. Moving on…

Deep Blue Sea is actually filmmaker Terence Davies’ adaptation of the acclaimed 1952 stage play by late British playwright Terence Rattigan (The Winslow Boy). As you will surely note after watching the promo trailer, this film is also very much an “artsy” period tale about the tragic romance between a married woman and an alcoholic Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) pilot.

Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz stars in The Deep Blue Sea as Hester Collyer, the wife of a respected Judge (Simon Russell Beale) – who begins a destructive, yet passionate, affair with the previously-mentioned pilot: a younger man by the name of Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston).

Hiddleston has really made a name for himself this year, between his turns as Loki in Thor and as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. He should continue doing so in the future, with a role in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse adaptation this winter – and by reprising his turn as Thor’s trickster sibling in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers next summer.

Weisz, by comparison, remains as popular (and beautiful) as ever – and, judging by the brief bit of footage in this trailer, doesn’t look to hurt her standing at all with The Deep Blue Sea.

Check out the trailer for The Deep Blue Sea below:


Director of photography Florian Hoffmeister (The Prisoner) looks to have done an excellent job with The Deep Blue Sea. Most of the footage in this theatrical preview is quite visually stunning, between the picturesque imagery of Weisz and her husband, parting ways on a bleak and blustery day - or the dreamy lighting of Weisz’ scenes with Hiddleston’s handsome pilot. That alone should be enough to pique the interests of moviegoers whose tastes tend to fall on the artsier side.

Other than that, though, this Deep Blue Sea promo is pretty underwhelming in design. Between the maudlin violin on the soundtrack and the assemblage of “Oscar clips” from the film, this definitely feels like one of those trailers that was so accurately mocked in Tropic Thunder. That doesn’t mean the actual film won’t be something memorable, of course.


The Deep Blue Sea opens in UK theaters on November 25th, 2011. We’ll keep an eye out and let you know when the film secures an official U.S. release date.

Source: Film4/Lipsync Productions

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  1. Kinda off topic, but the movie “Deep Blue Sea” with Thomas Jane had a very similar plot to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

  2. Rachel Weizmann does look beautiful. I love the way she lights up the big screen. Im a sucker for British period dramas, and this looks very promising. Do you know if she and Aronofsky are still making the film about Jackie Kennedy? Now that would be something to go watch. Thanks.

  3. @Sandy: “maudlin violin”????
    Do you know what that piece of music even is?

    That’s Samuel Barber’s great Violin Concerto.
    Please, continue writing film reviews.. but stay out of the music business. You apparently have a tin ear.

    • I was talking about how the music works within the context of the trailer – not whether it’s beautiful to listen to, on its own.

  4. Mako sharks, not Great Whites!

    • My apologies – it’s been fixed.

  5. I’m very much gaining interest in Hiddleston’s career. He was brilliant as Loki, and even more-so in his brief appearance as Fitzgerald. War Horse looks to be another winner, and this looks like it has some potential.

  6. I was expecting sharks… bummer

  7. sounds like the sequel to deep blue sea, which would have been awesome!

  8. Without that final paragraph, @Sandy, this would have been a good article. I watched this trailer and felt as if I was watching a trailer for an “oldie” movie. Something that would include a cast of actors like James Stewart and Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn. If this is actually a movie that resembles that, there is no doubt that this could be Oscar bait.