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The Reef -- From the director of the acclaimed monster hit Black Water comes a pulse-pounding, visually stunning thriller that never lets go until the final, heart-stopping scream!
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Andrew Traucki (written by) and
James M. Vernon (script editor)
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Release Date:
1 March 2011 (Mexico) See more »
Pray that you drown first See more »
A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"Jaws" in "Open Water" See more (89 total) »


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Directed by
Andrew Traucki 
Writing credits
Andrew Traucki (written by)

James M. Vernon  script editor (as James Michael Vernon)

Produced by
Michael Baskin .... executive producer
Richard Goldberg .... co-executive producer (as Rich Goldberg)
Richard S. Guardian .... co-executive producer
Janine Pearce .... executive producer
Michael Robertson .... producer
Tiare Tomaszewski .... co-producer
Tiare Tomaszewski .... line producer
Dean Toovey .... associate producer
Andrew Traucki .... producer
Original Music by
Rafael May 
Cinematography by
Daniel Ardilley 
Film Editing by
Peter Crombie 
Casting by
Anousha Zarkesh 
Production Design by
Adam Head 
Art Direction by
Adam Head 
Makeup Department
Sheldon Wade .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Drew Bailey .... first assistant director
Adam Smillie .... second assistant director
Art Department
Chris Holland .... second unit stand-by prop
Dylan Schenkeveld .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Adam Connelly .... foley editor
George Turnure .... foley artist
Andy Wright .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Doug Bayne .... visual effects
Shahane Bekarian .... visual effects artist
Michael Blake .... visual effects
Bill McGuire .... visual effects
Che McGuinness .... safety diver
Camera and Electrical Department
Luis Bran .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Luis Antonio Bran)
Simon Christidis .... cinematographer: second unit
Earle Dresner .... second unit cinematographer
Zane Kamat .... data wrangler
Zane Kamat .... underwater camera assistant
Sandy McLennan .... second assistant camera
Rhys Nicholson .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Annabelle Johnson .... assistant editor
Location Management
Duncan Jones .... location manager
Other crew
Dayne Ahuna .... key craft service
Biatta Czerkies .... assistant accountant
Stephen Davis .... script editor
Gordon Jones .... marine coordinator
Peter Kalos .... viral actor
Francis Lambert .... second unit medic
Jen Lambert .... unit nurse (as Jennifer Lambert)
Adam Mannering .... web original music
David Mansley .... insurance
Andy Marriot .... viral director
Che McGuinness .... co-marine coordinator
Wendy Kay Moore .... production finance
Benedict Paxton-Crick .... script supervisor
Peter Scheffer .... viral marketer
Christine Williams .... production co-ordinator
Mike Cowap .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Shark Attack" - Philippines (English title) (imdb display title)
"Open Water" - Japan (English title) (short title)
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Rated R for language
Germany:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Damian Walshe-Howling stepped on a stone fish on the third day of shooting.See more »
Continuity: At one point we see that Kate has cut her right foot on a piece of coral and Matt puts a cloth around it to stop it bleeding. However, when she gets to the island at the end, her foot is bare and has no sign of an injury.See more »
[first lines]
Matt:Hey, hey! Hello, mate.
Luke:Oh, it's good to see you.
Matt:You too.
Luke:How are you?
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66 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
"Jaws" in "Open Water", 25 August 2010
Author: capoazzurro from Germany

When I saw, I could be the first one to write a review for this movie, I thought to myself, that's a chance not to let go! And here I go... If you're familiar with horror flicks in general and animal terror-flicks in detail you'll find yourself reminded of the notorious "Jaws" (well, of course since it's the godfather of Shark-films), "Open Water" and, if you know who the director is, also of his latest film "Black Water". To be honest, "The Reef" hasn't many similarities to "Jaws". It has though many similarities to "Open Water", and if you liked that last named, you'll definitely like "The Reef". The style of direction here uses perspectives from the point of view of the protagonists and therefor also a lot of shaky-cam. Although this is no revolution in directing anymore, it surely succeeds in adding realism to this movie and giving the audience the feeling of being one of the group. The characters are all very authentic, without the typical stereotypes in the Hollywood-made animal horror-flicks, so it gets very easy to feel sympathy for and identify with the characters (like in "Black Water"). Because the director probably didn't have the biggest budget to spent for his movie he made clever choices in what to show and what to leave to the imagination of the viewer. It's always better to show effects only if they're worth to show, and so does Traucki in this movie. For example Traucki doesn't show how the yacht capsizes or delivers an exact explanation why it overturns, but not in the way that he's cheating the audience by keeping back important information. He just puts you in the situation of the individuals and doesn't give you the chance of seeing from a bird's perspective what has happened to the yacht. But what he shows to us is very well made. The shark looks, moves and behaves like a shark, like the animal that is the most dangerous predator in the seas, and not like an exaggerated monster from outer space. Unfortunately it's pretty easy to estimate what's happening next in the movie, but that's due to the simple setting in the sea, with water and almost nothing but water. What the film manages very well is getting never boring and holding the audience's attention during the whole duration of the movie. You can say that the movie shouldn't have lasted longer though, the duration is perfect. And now... go and see the movie yourself...or just take a swim!

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