I will admit that I did not have very high expectations for this film and I was proved right. It’s almost an okay film but it’s trying to be Piranha 3D too much (which itself was not A particularly good film) It is very, very, very predictable. We know from within the first five to ten minutes who is going to survive. I was really annoyed that Joel David Moore was not used better than he was. He is A fine actor and needs to get himself some juicy roles to get his teeth stuck into. Back to this film though. The characters are pretty stereotypical, although Sara ( Sara Paxton) does have a little mystery to her.
Basically A group of college kids go to Sara’s private family owned island in the middle of a salt water lake and they get terrorized by sharks. The bad guys are typical american red necked hicks (How many films have red necks as the bad guys?) We know as soon as we meet them that they are not going to play nice. As for the sheriff (Donal Logue) We know what he’s going to do.
Those points are not what bug me the most, what annoys me is that this is another Shark attack film that doesnt look at the sharks themselves!!!! I tend to steer away from these films because it’s normally the same thing: shark attacks group of Explorers/holiday makers/ scientists blah blah blah! When are we going to get a film which tells us more about sharks than that they have evolved for millions of years and are the most efficient killing machines on the planet. We know that! give us a shark film that has some real heart to it that shows us what sharks are! They are the most evolved creature on this planet, why not make a film where, yes they attack Explorers/holiday makers/scientists, but do so in A smart way. Or at least point out that if someone tries to cage a Great White it may get pissed off (cornering a killing machine aint such a good idea) Or if you want to swim in seas that sharks live in then accept that you may get attacked. Its their domain, not ours. No doubt more human beings are killed by other human beings a year then killed by sharks.
(STOP RANTING PETER!!!)
Basically what I’m trying to say is if you are going to re-visit something like a shark attack film, try something new. It is going to be nigh on impossible to make another ‘Jaws’ so if you really want to make A shark attack film, try looking at the genre from another angle, you may make something that actually gets some attention.