Shark Night 3-D (2012)

Posted: June 26, 2012 in Movie Review
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Shark Night 3-D (2012)

Directed By: David R. Ellis

Starring: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Joshua Leonard, Sinqua Walls

Subgenre: Creature Feature

Shark Night 3D

Synopsis: Seven college students head out for a weekend of relaxation on a lake in Louisiana, but the weekend takes a terrifying turn when a shark attacks.

Thoughts: When a movie gets panned by critics and fans alike, my expectations are usually so low that I find a way to enjoy it.  Shark Night is one of the most reviled movies of the year, so when I saw it available on Netflix Instant, I thought I would give it a shot.  There is no beating around the bush here; this movie is not very good at all.

The acting isn’t horrible and the cast is pretty standard for a horror movie.  It gets a big plus with the addition of Sara Paxton, who also starred in the great Ti West release, The Innkeepers.  I think she has a pretty bright future ahead of her, and it doesn’t hurt that she runs around in a bikini for most of the movie. The direction isn’t half bad either, with some pretty decent shots underwater.   Ellis keeps the story moving along, which leads to one of the bigger problems, the story.

As far as scripts go, this is right up there with the ScyFy releases.  I don’t generally spoil plot points, but when more than one shark was introduced, the story started a downward spiral that it never recovered from.  The other thing that I just can’t understand is the PG 13 rating.  This movie wanted to be rated R, and it would have helped greatly with a healthy dose of gratuitous nudity and gorier shark attacks.  Had Shark Night gone this route, it would have followed in the path of Alexandre Aja’s Piranha 3D; not nearly as good mind you, but it couldn’t have hurt.

In case you are still wondering, give this a wide pass.  There really isn’t a reason to check it out.  There are better animal attack movies out there, and Shark Night doesn’t make it as a “so bad, it’s good” movie either.  It’s just bad.

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