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The Reef (2010)

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A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.


Andrew Traucki


Andrew Traucki
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Complete credited cast:
Damian Walshe-Howling ... Luke
Gyton Grantley ... Matt
Adrienne Pickering ... Suzie
Zoe Naylor ... Kate
Kieran Darcy-Smith ... Warren
Mark Simpson Mark Simpson ... Shane


Luke welcomes his friend Matt and his girlfriend Suzie that come from London and Matt's sister and Luke's former girlfriend Kate that comes from Sydney to sail with him and the sailor Warren in a sailboat. However, the vessel hits an underwater rock and capsizes with an opening on her bottom. Luke advises that they should swim in the north direction to reach the Turtle Island, in Queensland, Australia, while they have strength since there is a current moving the boat in the opposite direction of land but Warren prefers to stay on the hull waiting for help since there are sharks in the water. The quartet swims, but they are hunted by a great white shark. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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What you can't see ... can eat you! See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Of sharks, the film's writer-director-producer, Andrew Traucki, said: "Sharks and shark attacks are a huge part of the Australian culture and how the rest of the world perceives us. It's not uncommon to hear of friends or relatives that arrive from overseas but are too scared to enter the ocean because they believe they'll be taken by a shark. Mention sharks at a party and everyone will have a story or a take on them. Indeed if you can believe the website digital or search engine Google, sharks are one of the most searched for terms in Google from within Australia. The animal is synonymous with this country and yet Australians have never made a feature film about them. The American's took one of our true stories and turned it into a very successful film called 'Open Water' [2003]. For 'Jaws' [1975] they came to Australia to get their shark footage [at Dangerous Reef in South Australia], but here in Australia we've never made a feature film about one of our most notorious cultural ambassadors. Well that's now going to change." See more »


When Luke enters the water before swimming into the capsized boat for supplies, he has no torch. However, when we see him inside the boat, he now has one. This happens twice - also, when he comes out of the boat the first time, there is no sign of the torch he was using - yet it reappears in his hand when he enters the boat the second time. See more »


[first lines]
Matt: Hey, hey! Hello, mate.
Luke: Oh, it's good to see you.
Matt: You too.
Luke: How are you?
Matt: Great!
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Keep It Comin'
Written by Bob Mair, Nick Vincent and Richard Trapp
Performed by St. John
Courtesy of Black Toast Music
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Keep your goggles on!!!
15 November 2010 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

Three blokes and two sheilas go out to do some snorkeling. Bad thing happens and now they have to make a choice to either swim for land and risk the chance of being shark bait, or wait for safety and risk death by more boring odds. Of course you swim! We all know one of the coolest ways to die is being eaten alive by sharks.

Anywho, Black Water director sticks to what he likes and makes Open Water with a White Pointer...basically. And really, that's all you need to know if you want to see the movie or not. Oh? You want to know if there's boobs and blood as well? There's no boobs, but there's some blood...nothing crazy...just bloody water.

The Reef aka Swim If You Dare aka Great White Snackaroonies aka Open Water with a Bad Script is a film that suffered mostly from having a bad script. I'd be lying to you if I said the film didn't open remarkably close to soft-core porn territory. People seem to confuse themselves when they're privy to minimal dialogue. Just because they're not speaking at a normal rate, doesn't mean it's more effective because of it's simplicity. This film is unique here as the actors did rather well with what they had. They really did. The script was still weak though.

There's lot of nit-picking and complaining to be had here. You'd think by how popular shark week is nowadays, that most people, especially people who are snorkeling in Australian waters, would know a lil bit about how to act when faced with shark problems. I'm not gonna get into it, as it's not Learn Time, but there was a lot of dumb stuff going on. But the thing that got my goat more than anything was our main man's issue with constantly taking off his goggles. Seriously, if there's a shark in the water...a BIG f@cking shark...you need to keep an eye out for it. Don't just look for 30 seconds, pop back up and say that you can't see anything. Keep your head down and keep a look out you stupid son of a bitch!!!!!! I'll kill you if you take those goggles off again! I mean it! I'll kill youuuu *gets swallowed whole by huge shark because of pretty boy not wanting to keep goggles on*

With all that said, the movie is about a great white shark making pathetic humans cry and be scared. That's fun. It's very simple. Great Whites are better than human beings. Therefore, movies with Great Whites are better than most movies that don't have Great Whites. Understand? Good!

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17 March 2011 (Australia) See more »

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