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Shark Night 3D (2011)

Hot on the heels of Piranha, it’s time to take another visit to a water environment filled with 3D nastiness.

I guess you could say it was inevitable, after the success of Piranha, that someone would start looking at a shark movie. And of course adopting the 3D requirement, that Piranha offered its viewers.

A weekend break for a group of college students does not quite go to plan when the Louisiana lake they stay on becomes infested with sharks. As they fall victims of the sharks, they also become aware of a sinister conspiracy that preys on the less pleasant viewing activities of a modern age.

Shark Night has come up against a lot of criticism, and I’m not going to change that. It’s a pretty diabolical movie, which starts and ends incredibly predictably. It’s a cash-cow movie designed to prey on the same audiences that may well have attended this sort of movie in the American drive-ins back in the 70’s.

Rather amazingly, considering that the action starts literally the very second the title sequence ends, this is an incredibly boring movie. There is nothing new, nothing to engage you’re brain with, and a story so threadbare that it’s almost as if the movies producers said make a shark movie, don’t worry about content make sure it has Shark in the title, oh and make sure its in 3D.

Character development is incredibly poor, so as each one of the students is picked off, you really do not care. The bonus being of course is that with each death you know the movie is closer to its end. The most elaborate part of the storyline surrounds a mystery from a few summers back involving Sara played by Sarah Paxton and Dennis (Chris Carmack), but this story that plays out like a mystery, is so transparent you can see it from the very second that Sara just happens to mention it in passing conversation.

You cannot even commend the 3D in the movie, which rather than following the passage of similar 3D offerings, seems to merely offer depth, rather than anything coming at you, as 3D fans like. The one or two occasions that something appears to come off the screen, it’s been filmed slightly off angle, so it’s not coming at you, its just going off-screen.

Fresh from Lucky McKee’s The Innkeepers, it’s hard to believe that the star of both movies is the same. In the Innkeepers Paxton offered a really three dimensional role, here its purely one dimensional, and certainly nothing of interest.

I can honestly say I never found one redeeming feature in the movie, which surprised me as I quite liked Piranha. Shark Night is as ridiculous as it’s title, and you should really take that as the best possible warning as to what is in store, or not as the case may be.

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4 Comments
  1. Posted September 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I would imagine this is a full action movie and a nail-biting experience. I think I will pass….:)

  2. Posted September 10, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Looks better than Jaws.

  3. Posted September 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

    i actually enjoyed piranha 3D, because it embraced its silliness and pushed an R-rating. Shark Night however doesn’t understand the attraction in exploitation films and you can see that in its PG-13 rating…

  4. Posted September 12, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Wow! so much thrilling!

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