Shark Night 3D (2011) Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Joshua Leonard, Sinqua Walls, Alyssa Diaz, Chris Zylka Movie Review

Shark Night 3D (2011)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Sara Paxton in Shark Night 3D (2011)

Pause and then Watch Jaws

The weekend arrives and seven friends from college pack up their vehicles and head to a remote lake house owned by Sara (Sara Paxton - The Innkeepers) and her family. But they don't even reach the house before they encounter trouble with some locals who don't take kindly to visitors unless they are female and they can perv on them. But that is nothing compared to when Malik (Sinqua Walls), whilst water skiing, appears to suffer a freak accident which rips one of his arms off. What they don't realise is that it wasn't an accident but a shark attack and they are now stuck on an island with no form of communication and a collection of sharks circling the island. But it soon becomes apparent that the sharks are not there by accident and old feelings run deep when it comes to the locals as do shark bites.

To be honest my expectations before watching "Shark Night 3D" were pretty low anyway which maybe why whilst it didn't do a great deal for me it was not the utterly terrible movie some movie fans have found it to be. In fact on paper there is some thing about the storyline to "Shark Night 3D" which I kind of liked as not only do we have the typical combo of fun seeking college students in bikinis and Bermudas with the whole set up of being surrounded by killer creatures storyline but on top of that we have almost a slasher storyline tossed in to the mix as well when it comes to some of the character's motives. The potential to be genuinely entertaining by being a horror comedy is there even if it is only ever far fetched nonsense.

But there is some thing about "Shark Night 3D" which simply robs it off any potential and that is it tries to be a jack of all trades. At times it seems to be reaching for the horror comedy of "Piranha" but then it seems to try and be a serious horror movie with characters doing some thing akin to emotional depth, although never getting close. It just doesn't work in a consistent manner which makes "Shark Night 3D" a movie which starts off almost on a high but the longer it goes on the less interesting it becomes.

The knock on effect is that "Shark Night 3D" then ends up becoming about how attractive the cast is but then again they are attractive only in a cliche manner. And to be really honest, Sara Paxton spends almost the entire movie looking like she hasn't got an idea of what her character is meant to be in this movie.

What this all boils down to is that the good news is that "Shark Night 3D" isn't a complete stinker yet at the same time it is still a poor movie which seems to get lost in trying to deliver some thing for everyone.

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