Incentive Filmed Entertainment, Next Films, Sierra / Affinity, Silverwood Films, USA, 2011
Director: David R. Ellis
Writer: Will Hayes, Jesse Studenberg
Cast: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Joshua Leonard, Sinqua Walls, Alyssa Diaz, Chris Zylka, Jimmy Lee Jr., Damon Lipari, Christine Bently, Kelly Sry, Tyler Bryan, Stephanie Crow, Jessie Jalee, Nadiya Khan, David Speed, Michael Warren, Stephen Warren
Seven students (and a dog) of Tulane University heads off for a weekend at Sara’s private vacation home on an island in Lake Crosby. One of them looses one of his arms while waterskiing. At first they think it’s some sort of freak accident, but they soon realize it was a sharkattack. OC, phones don’t work on the island so some of them tries to take him to a hospital, but the boat is attacked by the shark, one of the girls ends up in the water and is killed. The boat crashes and explodes, so now we have six kids on an island without boat and one is seriously injured. Fortunately two locals turn up (one of them is Saras ex-boyfriend) and two of the kids go with them to call for an ambulance helicopter.
The dead girl was the injured guys girlfriend and when he hears the shark killed her he gets up, arms himself with a spear and goes into the water to avenge her. He is attacked but actually manages to kill the shark. Problem is it’s not the right shark. The dead shark is a Hammerhead and the shark that took his arm and killed his girlfriend was not. One shark in a lake would be unusual to say the least, but two or more of different species would be almost impossible unless someone for some reason put them there.
It turns out Lake Crosby is infested with sharks. There’s Hammerheads, Tigers, Cookie-cutters, Bulls and Great White’s and somebody did in fact put them there for a reason. Attached to the dead Hammerhead they find a video camera. Somebody is filming the shark attacks and making snuff movies of people being eaten by sharks.
The story is totally stupid. Even if there was a market for shark snuff movies, how did they get all these sharks into the lake? Where did they find them? Did they buy them or did they catch them themselves? How did they get them there? The only way I see is if they released little baby sharks into the lake. But if the sharks has been there for some time, why hasn’t anyone caught one or at least seen one. What do they eat apart from people? Is there really enough to feed so many sharks in such a confined space? How come they don’t turn on each other? Another thing, Nick is about to become a physician yet don’t now how to perform the “kiss of life”. The way he does it his patient would have died and there wouldn’t have been any regular kissing at the end of the film.
So is it bad? Nah, if You don’t hang yourself up on everything I just complained about it’s pretty entertaining. I liked it in a B-movie way if You get my drift. It was pretty obvious from the start which of the kids are shark food and which are not. It’s also rather easy to spot the bad guys. There is a little twist though, but since that was predictable to…
My verdict: 5 out of 10.
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