• Martyn Wakefield

SHARK BAIT (REVIEW)

Dir. James Nunn

Reviewer. Martyn Wakefield

We've had sharks on a boat, sharks on a surf board and now sharks on a jet ski. They may be people's biggest natural fear, but there are no limits to the amount of films the titular beasts can star in.


SHARK BAIT is a well executed battle of survival as a group of party goers hijack a couple of jet skis but end up in the middle of the sea with a predatory shark who's hungry for lunch.


As with most films of this type, it's about the anticipation and inner fighting that is caused by fear but unlike many other shark films, this one isn't afraid to show how a shark chews through its food.


Gory and well paced it's hard to fault SHARK BAIT with a solid cast, some beautiful cinematography and plenty of tension but for all it brings to the screen, it's all been done before. THE SHALLOWS, THE REEF, OPEN WATER, 47 METRES DOWN to name a few from recent years not to mention that renowned film from Steven Spielberg, for fans of the sub genre, this is a strong entry, for those who are fatigued, there's little to make you change your mind. Fortunately with an 80 minute run time, it zips by and you could do a lot worse for a late night no-brainer.



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