Shark Night 3D – A Film review by Daniel Prinn – Fake sharks are really scary these days.. Bonus review.

Shark Night 3D

Release Date: September 2, 2011

Director: David R. Ellis

Stars: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack

Runtime: 90 min

Tagline: Terror runs deep.

Oh yeah, the terror ran so deep I was shaking like a Chihuahua by the end of it.

It’s very traditional, predictable going away for the weekend horror story that turns into a disaster. The film turns into a disaster, and I guess a bunch of them dying is a little sad also; some of them are sort of relatable.

The film recycles the ideas of horror films, Jaws in specific. It was made in 3D because I guess the studio had faith in the project, what a mistake (the faith part, it wasn’t very good – I wouldn’t know how good it is in 3D as I only watched it in 2D).

The performances aren’t really good at all. It’s like the director told them to be bad. I mean I know you guys aren’t in it for the performances, but they could have actually attempted to be a little good. The film stars Sara Paxton (The Last House on the Left, Aquamarine), Joel David Moore (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), and Katharine McPhee (American Idol Season 5 Runner-Up, TheHouse Bunny) to name a few.

The plot is very predictable (a few twists and turns, but they’re so traditional they don’t take you by surprise at all), the character development isn’t awesome for some of the characters, but actually decent for a select few; and the acting isn’t good.

I might be being a little critical so I guess I’ll have to think hard to see what’s actually decent about this film. I mean a lot of it is pretty good mindless entertainment, it’s predictable but there’s a few decent kills – for a film where people get attacked by sea creatures, I liked Piranha better.

I won’t ever return to this, it’s not as funny as it could be, most definitely; really all the partial nudity (sorry those of you guys who are looking for another nude horror flick like Piranha, it’s not even gory enough for an 14A rating) saved it from being a total waste of time. Watch it if you’re really interested or you want to laugh at people getting attacked by sharks. I mean the sharks look more authentic than that of Jaws (thanks to the technology of today), but that exactly isn’t a big accomplishment as they still look pretty fake.  Anyway, the thrills are predictable too; but if you’re easily scared, you might jump a little.


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