Shark Night

28 Apr

Director: David R Ellis

Writers: Will Hayes, Jesse Studenberg

Stars: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack

Motion Picture Rating: 15

Runtime: 90 minutes




B-movies have been a necessary and fun evil since the 1920’s as the warm-up acts for the main features in cinemas across the globe. Since then, and arguably through the ‘golden age’ of b-movies in the 1950’s, there have been cinema schedules to fill and low budget movies have been produced to do just that. Moving across genres including westerns, horror and sci-fi the consistent look and feel of the B-movie is one of cheap cheerfulness.

I have always been sceptical about the genuine appeal of B-movies, certainly those films stylized as B-movies, but made since the turn of the millennium. Back in the 1950’S movies such as Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invasion of the Body Snatchers were charming in their convictions. Recent productions however have left me cold and Shark Night (in or out of 3D) is a definite barrel-scraping effort. This is without doubt the worst film that I have seen for a very long while.

Shark Night is absurdly plotted, cheaply made and incredibly badly acted. Maybe I am just too old, but I feel that this film robbed me of 90 minutes of my life and I am still annoyed about it days after sitting through it. It has no redeeming qualities and at times seems to revel in its own paucity of ideas and belief. As the director David R Ellis came to this from Snakes on a Plane I can only imagine that he’s now working on Tarantula Tuesday or something weaker. Avoid this film at all costs.

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