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OK when i saw the trailer for this i thought to myself that this movie
was gonna be another cheap ''Shark night 3d'' but no. This movie had
effort put into it and it's NOT cheap awful Shark Night 3D. I enjoyed
the movie. The acting was good, suspense was good, it had some twists
that we're nice too! and a great character development with humor and
nice characters! i enjoyed character development and relationships and
the team work was great too. Yes, the CGI shark wasn't the best, but
there were a lot of good scenes with non-CGI shark and gore scenes too.
This wasn't an average flick with no effort, it was a good movie. With effort put into it and does not deserve to get trashed by dumb kids with ''oooh, the movie was bad! i expected this too be God Father, but it disappointed me!!! skip it!!! 3/10 durr'' no, and that also applies to the first user reviewer (no offense) this is not cheap bad shark money- grabber for me. It's good flick
Yes, some facts about the shark may have been unrealistic, but so? doesn't make it a bad movie, cause it's a movie! and the idea is also nice and rare. You don't see a lot of movie with sharks, tsunami, and markets.
Check it out if you like Shark horror movies. It i snot a masterpiece, but it entertaining. Don't listen to ''average'' IMDb Mr.Negatives who won't give the movie 7 unless it's Citizen Kane or Pulp Fiction. Check it out.
It was real surprising for me to find out how watchable this movie
actually was. I mean, a movie in which a shark attacks a bunch of
people trapped in a supermarket, after a tsunami hit, doesn't exactly
sound like high quality stuff. As a matter of fact. you would normally
expect a movie like this to be extremely bad and cheesy but the movie,
as it turned out, was far from cheesy and simply was being pretty good
for what it was.
I still expected the worst, after the first 15 minutes or so, which wasn't exactly being a very promising start for the movie. It looked horrible and I feared for the rest of the movie. I expected it to be a very formulaic genre flick, in which nothing exciting or original ever happened. And even while the movie isn't being all that original, it still feels like a good watch, since it manages to entertain and takes itself serious enough.
That was perhaps being the key as to why the movie worked out; it took itself serious. Normally modern B-movies are very self aware and actors and directors obviously don't take their work all that serious. They make things deliberately cheesy to add to the fun factor and while this does work out at times, at others it makes the movie noting less but bad and annoying. In that regard it also was being refreshing to see how serious everybody involved took this movie. It definitely adds to the overall quality of the movie and its nice to see that this is a movie that took its audience serious and didn't treated them like a bunch of popcorn-eating-no-brainers, who only wanted to see lots of blood and nudity. The movie is not like that at all, even though the first 15 minutes would still suggest otherwise. Perhaps it was all deliberate and in the first 15 minutes they were like; 'this is what you expect us to do' and what after that follows was 'but this is what we are going to do with the concept'.
Thing I also liked about the movie was that it didn't featured one main, heroic character, in it, who saved everybody. instead there is a wide range of different characters in this, who all, just about, share an equal amount of screen time. None of them is pretending to be a hero, which also lets all of them all feel somewhat realistic and human-like.
On the downside; the special effects in this are pretty horrendous. Sort of funny that after 40-years, "Jaws" still has the most convincing looking shark in it. This movie too often relies on CGI effects, which aren't exactly of the best quality. But still, as far as shark movies go, this definitely is being one of the better ones, believe it or not.
Some shark movies are laughable, cheesy, and way too far fetched (Sharktopus). Some shark movies and horror movies in general can just be unbelievably bad. This Australian film was a pleasant surprise. There wasn't scantily clad girls walking around topless (Piranha) or cheap thrills. This had some genuine pillow clenches, it had some unpredictability, great acting, and had a location I had not seen before in a shark movie, Australia. Most importantly it had characters I actually cared about! There is more to this shark flick than just sharp teeth and flesh. Dig your teeth into this film if you are a thriller, horror, shark movie fan.
This was a good stab at a shark thriller.
I was actually pretty impressed with a few of the actors. Mind you I find a lot of Australian films to have really decent acting in them even with unknowns, regardless of the plot.
An original concept for a shark movie, good use of lighting and tension, and a few nice little plot twists.
A great balance of antagonists and protagonists in a "bunch of strangers" stranded setting.
The filming quality and mechanics of the feature are superior to the budget spent, in my opinion.
I found this to be a not bad at all Friday night watch. Great "BAGGAPOPCORNER" if you are in one of those moods where you aren't sure what to watch.
I had mixed thoughts after reading reviews here but I decided to buy the 3D BluRay since it was on sale, glad I didn't listen to all the negative reviews. Phoebe Tonkin of the Secret Circle, Julian McMahon of Tip/Tuck and Dr. Doom in the Fantasitc Four, Xavier Samual from the Twilight Movies, not to mention a few other actors I did recognize from the movie Sanctum. First the good news the use of 3D in this movie is spot on everything coming at you from shark attacks to the minor details of other sea life like jelly fish and crabs, this movie is everything Shark Night wasn't. No its not boring its well paced with solid actors who take the material seriously. The movie never winks at itself and your become drawn in by the relationships, there is no one person who is the big hero and some unexpected deaths add to the drama. Now the bad while I will admit the special F/X could have used a bit more work they are miles above those seen in your typical SyFy Saturday Flick. I enjoyed the movie will watch again with friends and recommend it especially for those of us with 3D TV's you'll enjoy it all the more.
I can't imagine it's all that hard that execute a killer shark flick. However I must be wrong because there are only a handful of them that really work like the original Jaws, the silly but incredibly entertaining Deep Blue Sea and Open Water amongst a few others. It's hard to believe something could be less effective in this sub genre recently than the cinematic dud Shark Night but here it is. A film populated with even dumber characters and tortuously painful pacing. The film features on a group of annoying characters after a painfully unnecessary setup who are given generically long back stories only so we can dislike them even more.They become trapped in a supermarket after a freak tsunami hits the coast with some hungry cgi sharks. The only positive thing about the film is a few bits of nice cinematography and decent spfx. Other than that its a hodgepodge of expected genre film clichés populated with some of the most annoyingly dumb characters I've seen in quite sometime. Unfortunately what could have been a cheesetastic gory foray into fun ends up committing the biggest cardinal sin of all it's terribly boring. Bait is a sad disappointment after seeing the tightly crafted trailer I expected so much more but I guess I should have known better it's just another in a long line of over budgeted flicks with less imagination and entertainment value than watching a leprechaun sequel, who knew looking back on the mediocre Jaws sequels that it would been some of the highest points in the cinematic sub genre. So sad, so very sad.
Right off the bat, I give this title 8/10. First, it needs some lovin'. At the time of reviewing this title, it has a rating of 5.3, which seriously, is way too low for such a campy horror film. Second, it's a shark in a supermarket, and really, how more original can you get? Anyone expecting an Oscar movie-going experience is knocking at the wrong door. But you know what, the thing is, this film is a lot better than most would have expected, me included. The cinematography is really nice. It clearly shows this movie was made with great care, attention to detail, and with passion for horror movies. The casting was perfect, the dialogues were well written, the location was great, and the suspense was very well created. It's just too bad they didn't get more budget for the CGI, because some scenes could have done with a better nip-tuck, especially the very first dramatic scene in the ocean. But overall, don't let that distract you: this film is a must see for any horror fan of the Shark genre. The film may be just a small fish in the sea of movies, but it's got all the gusto of the bigger ones out there.
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I love creature features and shark films, but this movie makes it seems like the Aussie film industry is about 20 years behind Hollywood (which, if you've seen films like THE LOVED ONES or ANIMAL KINGDOM, isn't the case).
...has TERRIBLE CGI. Like from a 90s TV show.
...is STUPID. The hero KILLS a great white with a Tazer. What!? And he kills the other great white with a shotgun. Is that the best the writers could do?
...is BORING. The countless talkie moments between characters drag - flat characters spouting flat dialogue.
...is PREDICTABLE and RACIST. It's perfectly obvious that the criminal with a heart of gold will redeem himself, the wayward grieving teen will make up with her father, etc. Also, the only characters to die are the unimportant ones, the jackasses, and... the Asians. Apparently Asians are to Australian movies what black people were to American ones a few decades ago. And while one is supposedly dating a white girl, the filmmakers don't even allow a kiss when she sends him off to die.
There are a few redeeming qualities - a shark in a grocery store is fun, a death involving a jumping shark is unexpectedly great, and a bit involving a dog is funny. But 20 seconds of cool is not worth 90 minutes of yawn. Stick to DEEP BLUE SEA.
Shark movies, how many good ones are out there? Well, after the obvious
the list is pretty baron. However, Bait is remarkably watchable. I was
quite surprised to find myself glued to the screen after over half an
hour of character show and tell and only the opening shark scene to
reel us in. The CGI and casting are the only two factors that plead
with me to turn the movie off. For a thirty-mil budget the shark
animations were truly inadequate, yet Bait managed to survive
considering. Which is more than can be said for most civilians who
aren't trapped in a supermarket given the state of that Australian
coastline. Matthew Lessall and Ben Parkinson (Casting) need a job chat,
some sideline characters offer absolutely, indescribably the worst
performances I have ever seen. Listening to the psychotic Aussie
robber, frantic store manager and squabbling couple in their car really
made me shudder with anger. More time establishing deeper character
backgrounds instead would have pleased, although they hold up pretty
well for a shark flick.
Despite some teeth grinding actors and reminders of Bruce from Finding Nemo, Bait is visually very pleasing and makes for a worthy shark movie.
Good grief I'm glad I didn't go to the box office to see this bomb. The special effects are worse than a cheap mini series and spoil the entire movie. Who cares how well the actors try, with effects this bad the whole story is so unbelievable its only good for stoned surfers after a particularly heavy night, and even then its enough to give you a pounding headache. In fact its so bad I registered just to review this movie. Skip - skip skip... hey maybe the tsunami scene is better than the crap up until now... oh no its even worse! Seriously - the original Star Trek series has better effects with models. If I did any work in this movie I would be wearing a paper bag. Avoid at all costs.
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