Deep is Netflix’s newest entry into a teen horror/thriller. In it, we see a rising star’s (Sita “Mai” Likitvanichkul) first big offering and a new twist on the age old question – what would you do to survive? Deep explores this fundamental question that we all seem to have faced during this pandemic. Yet, it digs a bit further than self-survival and into friendship, family, and fone service (no, really, one of the movie sponsors is a cellphone service).

Sit on down and let ol’ Jimbo tell you about that time…

Four late teen students stand ready to take on the baddies. (The Deep photo courtesy of Netflix)
Anyone else get Faculty vibes from this photo? (Deep photo courtesy of Netflix)

What worked

Let’s start with the premise – can someone stay up this long without dying/going insane? The short answer is ‘yes’. The longer answer ‘Well, maybe but…’. Jim spent his ‘formative years’ in Vegas. There were times when sleep was a stranger. We’ve all pulled all nighters. We’ve all put in overtime. Jim did seven (7!) days in a row without sleep…and without heavy drugs.

24 hours

The result after 24 was nada.

48 hours

Easy breazy went 48.

72 hours

Around 72, you decide that you don’t need sleep AND food and that one ‘or’ the other will suffice.

Day 4

Day 4? Your attention span waivers…to put it gently.

Day 5

Day 5? Somewhere between a club, a pool party, and three ‘dates’.

Day 6

Day 6 is like a living re-enactment of the Ren and Stimpy Space Madness. Literally. Jim thought he was a cartoon character and acted as such (sorry about that thing with the duck!!).

Day 7

Day 7? The party isn’t fun anymore. Whiskey bottles are more often tossed against a wall than used to pour a shot. That girl in bed? Yeah, can’t remember her name…or whose bed it is…or wtf happened to my pants…and is this a Sears? Somewhere around Day 8, immediately after seeing you snort NyQuil, someone says ‘holy jesus, you’ve made it!’ and then hello darkness…

This is what the movie does very well. It captures the ‘tired’ realistically. The mini-hallucinations. The mirco-snaps of your synapses. Hats off to the person writing it as, unfortunately, they probably knew from experience for a few of those days without sleep.

The cast works well. They hold up as distinct and yet you can see them forming bonds easily. It’s a fun romp and it’s fun because of the cast. They hold a lot of the character in themselves and it keeps the movie flowing.

Teens in a pool with clothing on and splashing around (The Deep)
Remember when going into a pool together wouldn’t kill you? (Deep photo courtesy of Netflix)

What missed a bit

Act 3. This is where Jim went ‘OK, but….’. Is it a bad Act 3? No, not really. I would have done it differently. I’m more of a blood n guts – make them feel it type. Without giving Act 3 away, I can’t say much more about this than ‘it made me call a friend and ask if all Thai horror/thriller movies are like this (genre item) or if this is a ‘one-off’ spin away from formula.’

The question is – does Act 3 bring it down enough to make this move from Hit to Miss?

Picture of two teen women staring at a broken mirror. The Deep movie photo.
Allegedly, this caused only 6.5 years of bad luck (Deep photo courtesy of Netflix)

Deep – Verdict

This was my (I believe) first entry into Thai horror/thriller. Therefore, I had to ask my Streamin’ Demons co-host (and sometimes Cha-Cha tag team partner) Voodoo Priestess if all Thai horror/thrillers were, well, so happy. I think the movie works as horror. I think it is a great movie for those who might be squeamish but want to dip their toes in the horror end of the pool.

If you want a fun little romp that skirts horror and teen friendship, then Deep is definitely worth the price of admission (yes, even with Jim saying Act 3 wasn’t his cuppa!). It’s on Netflix now and makes the perfect ‘horror/teen’ friendly offering. The acting is top notch, the story is smart, and the effects (although minimal) are realistic. What else can you ask for in a chill night at home?

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Chronic insomnia becomes a deadly quest for survival, when four medical students, Jane, Win, Cin, and Peach, are lured to participate in a secret neuroscientific experiment called ‘Deep.’ So, what’s the catch? If they stay awake, they make a fortune, but if they fall asleep for more than 60 seconds, they die. When ‘Deep’ begins to take a horrible turn, the four insomniacs, along with Jane’s younger sister, find themselves in a desperate, high-stakes gamble that will ultimately determine their fate.

Deep – streaming now on Netflix

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