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Saltwater (2016)

A group of lifeguards attempt to kill an atomic shark that is terrorizing the coast of San Diego.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachele Brooke Smith ... Gina
Jeff Fahey ... Rottger
David Faustino ... Fletcher
Bobby Campo ... Kaplan
Isaiah LaBorde ... Troy
Adam Ambruso ... Reese
Mariah Bonner ... Felice
Jake Chiasson ... Bucky
Matt Chiasson Matt Chiasson ... Henry Wallace
Major Dodge ... Officer Mike
Jessica Kemejuk ... Kylie
Nikki SooHoo ... Erica
Gill Cureau Gill Cureau ... Boogie Boarder 1
Mike Michael Mike Michael ... Boogie Boarder 2
Matthew Martinez Matthew Martinez ... Paddleboarder


A radioactive shark appears to be making bathers burst into flames. Even while people are eating at a local seafood restaurant , still No one believes what has been witnessed even as local lifeguards strive to keep people safe. So they band together with the last of the film crew to get real evidence as one by one they watch in horror as beach goers burst into flames, in and out of the water. Will they hunt the Atomic Shark and succeed? Will anyone live? Will the West Ciast go down in flames? Written by Movie Dude

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The coast is toast!


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Release Date:

24 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saltwater: Atomic Shark See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Curmudgeon Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The quote at the beginning of the movie, "Now I am become death, the destoyer of worlds", is the voice of Dr. Robert Oppenheimer quoting the Hindu Bagavad Gita. He recited this in an interview when asked what he thought of when the first atomic bomb was detonated. See more »


After Gina comes up with a plan, she runs down the beach wearing shorts. At the marina, she's just in her bikini. On the boat, she has on shorts again and then just her bikini. See more »

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Very under-cooked toast on the coast
19 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Low budget shark films generally do not get a good reputation and one can see why. There are a few guilty pleasure ones, like the first two 'Sharknado' films while not considering them great by any stretch. Most are just painfully amateurish with very little to them to set them apart or make them different, other than the odd silly idea not well executed.

The good news is for 'Atomic Shark' is that there are far worse shark films out there (those from SyFy and The Asylum are notorious in this regard) and at least there are redeeming values, even if not many. Something that cannot be said for too many other low-budget shark films, of the shark films seen recently 'Atomic Shark' is actually one of the least bad. The not so good news is that 'Atomic Shark' is still not a good film at all, with a lot wrong with it and the wrong elements are done poorly.

Jeff Fahey and David Faustino do conscientiously reasonable jobs with what they have. Generally, when it comes to low budget shark films the acting is surprisingly competent when it tends in most shark films to be all-round awful.

Scenery is nice and there are times where the shark action is fun to watch.

Unfortunately, that is only sporadic. The shark effects look terrible, even for low budget, and there is not much menace, suspense or fun in the mostly under-utilised and under-characterised shark action.

Much of 'Atomic Shark' is a mess of unintentional humour, awkward dialogue, stilted and mawkish melodrama and bland and annoying character writing (not the actors' fault, it's the writing). Complete with a story that is silly, implausible and essentially your basic more of the same generic low-budget shark film with nothing new.

It's not just the shark effects that look cheap. Excepting the scenery, visually 'Atomic Shark' is very drab and rushed-looking.

Overall, silly and under-cooked. Not unwatchable but easily skip-able. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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