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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

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 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


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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USA | UK | South Africa | Germany | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2012 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aguas profundas See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director John Stockwell says the sharks in this movie were much more skittish and lethal, as compared to the tame ones he had while filming "Into the Blue." 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 by Ntsika Fana Ngxanga, Luphindo Ngxanga, Buhlebendaio Mda, Samkelo Leiethu Mdolomba
Published by The Soil Publ.
Administered by Active Music Publ.
SME Africe (Pty) Ltd/Native Rhythms Records 2011.
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Fishy nonsense
23 April 2012 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

I suppose I can give Dark Tide some credit for its realistic, non manipulative depiction of the great white shark. This is certainly no monster movie. So what kind of movie is it then?

Dark Tide would have to qualify as an adventure drama, or rather an anti adventure drama. It seems that each time director John Stockwell goes seaward with a production, the movies get progressively worse. Into the Blue, was entertaining, but certainly dumb. Blue Crush, was dumb and unentertaining. This latest movie is just confused and almost devoid of any reason to watch it.

I return to my point about Dark Tide not being a horror film. So why then are the characters deliberately as uninteresting and obnoxious as the cast of any Friday the 13th sequel. Halle Berry is playing the kind of half-assed, adolescent role that I'm used to seeing Jennifer Lopez play. Dark Tide gives you an idea of how far she has fallen in the last ten years. She is sleeping with the fishes.

The movie lumbers along for a good hour, with nothing except the quality of its underwater photography (getting you nose to nose with twenty foot sharks) to keep you in your seat. The characters exchange lines of sloppy dialogue and do silly things, until it's time for distaster to strike, in the last half hour. It's fair to say that Stockwell manages to generate some suspense in the climax, but he stretches it out too long, and the camera work is disorienting.

The whole thing doesn't work. It lacks direction, intelligence, and professional acting. For all I know, Dark Tide may just have been an excuse for Stockwell to go diving in South Africa with the sharks and leave the storyline behind.


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