Dark Tide (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  12 April 2012 (Russia)
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A professional diver tutor returns to deep waters after 1 year, following an almost fatal encounter with a great white shark. The nightmare from the deep is still lurking - more carnivorous and hungry than ever.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sizwe Msutu ...
Thoko Ntshinga ...
Henrik Vos ...
German Man
Judith Kronenberg-Sarembock ...
German Woman
Wayne Harrison ...
English Dad
Josef Du Plessis ...
English Boy
Jessica Taylor ...
English Mum
Luke Tyler ...
P.J. Van Der Walt ...
Gary Jacobie ...
Eugene Seloca ...


Kate is a shark expert whose business has been failing since a shark attack killed a fellow diver under her command. Once dubbed "the shark whisperer," Kate is haunted by the memory of the attack and unable to get back into the water. With bills piling up and the bank about to foreclose on Kate's boat, Kate's ex-boyfriend Jeff presents her with a lucrative opportunity to lead a thrill-seeking millionaire businessman on a dangerous shark dive - outside the cage. Battling her self-doubts and fear, Kate accepts the proposal and sets a course for the world's deadliest feeding ground - Shark Alley. Written by Official Site

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In Shark Alley, courage runs deep

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for bloody shark attacks/disturbing images, and for language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 2012 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Aguas profundas  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Kate Mathieson: You're told your whole life that sharks are dangerous. And then finally you're under water and you see the very thing you were taught to fear. And it's perfect. My father once told me to be careful of the things we love most in the world. Because if you're not careful, that very thing can also destroy you.
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User Reviews

This movie is actually quite good if you throw away your preconceived notions.
29 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The reviews who say that this movie is bad, boring, and the characters are unlikeable simply expect a different kind of movie and have forgotten the joy in a drama with thrilling elements.

This is not "Mission Impossible: Panties in a Twist" or whatever the latest incarnation is. (And I do enjoy those!) This movie is is a character study, an abundance of beautiful cinematography, and a shark chasing thriller all in one. There is a sense of realism, especially with the interactions between the characters, who react in line with their own backstories- characters who are simultaneously heroic, anti-heroic, brilliant, and ridiculously self absorbed and stupid.

Additionally, Dark Tide perfectly captured the sense of sheer peace and quiet that consumes you once your head is below the waves in the open ocean. I've been scuba diving all over the world, and driven a boat like in this movie. The movie captured the sense of reverence in the water and for the water, and took me far away to reefs of my own past.

Is it thrilling? Absolutely- the action scenes were tense, and you felt the weight of the sharks gliding silently just inches away. Is it slower? I was never bored. I enjoyed the characters, flaws and all. In the end, if anything, I wanted more closure and final introspection. But that is the only thing I found lacking. If you remotely like the ocean and treat it as a thriller with a slower burn, you will enjoy the movie.

6 1/2 stars.

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