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Grave Misconduct (2008)
Complete DTV Garbage
First off, this is marginally better than Shark Swarm, which was penned by the same duo of Chernov and Rosiak. I don't know how many chances an unknown writer will get in this business, but these guys are burning all of their chances right out of the gate. To summarize, this film is awful. I saw it on Lifetime a week ago and had a lot of trouble sitting through it. The writers make many of the same fatal errors that doomed their other efforts. They don't develop any of the characters and the ideas and actions of all involved are thoughtless and cliché'd. Grave Misconduct was a movie marketed to women and shown on a women's cable channel. Even so, it didn't have to be this bad.
I give this a 1, but it is better than Shark Swarm. These are just very amateur films made without a hint of passion, logic, or talent.
Shark Swarm (2008)
A Complete Abomination
Beware -- this movie is terrible.
***minor spoilers to follow***
First off is the horribly cliché'd plot of an evil, greedy businessman trying to develop beautiful natural coastal town for profit. Come on, that is lame! It's done to death! Also there is a high amount of shark attacks in this movie and none are actually seen on film, which is fine because it was a Hallmark movie so I get that. What isn't fine is that the writers substituted quantity over quality. They failed to develop any of the characters who died. Not only that, but nobody seemed to notice or care that people were going missing at an alarming rate. This is a small town where pretty much everyone knows everyone. There wouldn't be an hour gone by before the entire town would be on alert. How could the filmmakers miss this elementary fact?
I think this film had a promising cast, but pretty much everyone really laid an egg here. Maybe it was the poor writing or perhaps the poor direction, but most likely it was a combination of bad writing and bad direction. The script was a failure and whoever was responsible for authorizing this script into production should be fired. The director is much more talented than he showed us on Shark Swarm. I just don't know what went wrong, but this film failed on every level. (1/10)