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Dark Tide (2012)

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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.

Director:

John Stockwell

Writers:

Ronnie Christensen (screenplay), Amy Sorlie (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Kate Mathieson
Olivier Martinez ... Jeff
Sizwe Msutu Sizwe Msutu ... Themba
Mark Elderkin ... Tommy
Thoko Ntshinga Thoko Ntshinga ... Zukie
Henrik Vos Henrik Vos ... German Man
Judith Kronenberg-Sarembock Judith Kronenberg-Sarembock ... German Woman
Wayne Harrison Wayne Harrison ... English Dad
Josef Du Plessis Josef Du Plessis ... English Boy
Jessica Taylor Jessica Taylor ... English Mum
Ralph Brown ... Brady
Luke Tyler ... Luke
P.J. Van Der Walt P.J. Van Der Walt ... Poacher
Gary Jacobie Gary Jacobie ... Poacher
Eugene Seloca Eugene Seloca ... Poacher
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Storyline

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 See more »


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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Trivia

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez met and fell in love on the set of this film, eventually getting engaged and marrying in 2013. See more »

Goofs

During the first minutes of the movie, almost every time we see a shot through the lens of the camera that is rolling, the running time and remaining battery time are different. But it is supposed to be a continuous shot. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.52 (2010) See more »

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Written and Performed by Mark Sayfritz (as Mark 'Dog' Sayfritz)
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This movie is actually quite good if you throw away your preconceived notions.
29 March 2012 | by nochturneSee 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2012 (Russia) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,167,612
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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