The public watches Netflix's latest hit in droves, but behind the shark movie's success is a nasty side – Culture

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The killer shark movie will be 50 years old next year.

The film’s release changed the film industry forever.

In the depths of Netflix’s Seine is a modern, more environmentally conscious shark movie.

Although the film communicates the protection of sharks, it also incites a sense of horror.

Next fifty years have passed since the premiere of the world’s most impressive shark movie to date. by Steven Spielberg graduated in 1975 Killer shark premiered, and changed perceptions of the possibilities of cinema forever.

The film has been characterized as the “mother of blockbusters” and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office. At the same time, it changed the perception that summer should not attract people to the theater.

Unfortunately, the film also created an image of the great white shark as a bloodthirsty and depraved creature. According to some researchers’ estimates, this caused real shark hatred and made it difficult to protect endangered species.

Later Spielberg himself has also taken a stand on the matter. In a radio interview he gave to the BBC in 2022, the director says he feels responsible about the decline of shark populations in the decades after the movie came out.

“I really, really regret it,” he told the BBC.



In Spielberg’s classic film, a vicious shark eats unsuspecting swimmers.

Spielberg’s in the wake of success, several directors have strived for the same bloody dish. Over the course of fifty years, numerous films of various levels have been produced in which sharks have mauled people in various exotic locations.

However, few previous films have caused a similar polarization of opinions as Netflix’s recent hit film A wall in the depths. The Guardian’s Stuart Heritage praises it as one of the best shark movies ever made, while many other critics are more sympathetic to the giant fish rampaging under Paris.

The same dispersion can be seen on websites commenting on the film.

“Film lovers have never been more divided”, Daily Star otsikoi.

At least the movie is interesting. It has been among the most watched films on Netflix, both in Finland and elsewhere.

A few unlucky people die from shark attacks every year.

Avoid A wall in the depths then Spielberg’s curse on the magnificent animals?

At the beginning of the film, that seems to be the case. It starts with a diving scene, where attention is focused on human-caused natural disasters: There is such a quantity of plastic waste floating in the sea that the stomach of a baby whale caught in a net is torn.

Even later, the focus of the film is on the activists pushing for the protection of sharks and the problems caused by the human race’s carelessness for sea animals.

So the curse is broken?

No anyway.

Although A wall in the depths -film can be considered a more environmentally aware shark film of the new age, ultimately its power is based on the feeling of horror that the creators incite in the viewer.

When looking at a shark’s white tooth row, it’s easy to forget that:

1. Out of nearly 500 sharks in the world, only three have caused repeated attacks.

2. Research has shown that sharks do not like human flesh.

3. Every year a few unlucky people die from shark attacks, while for example thousands of people die from lightning strikes at the same time.

4. Shark populations in the oceans have collapsed by up to 70 percent in five decades.

Good meaning despite the message The Netflix hit leaves the retinas with the same gruesome images as shark movies of previous decades.

Like limb stumps floating in the middle of blood.

And again, it’s a little more difficult to go into the water.

By Editor

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