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- Blu-ray: Shark Night 3D
- Rating: PG-13
- Starring: Sara Paxton, Katharine McPhee, Chris Carmack
- Written By: Will Hayes
- Directed By: David Ellis
- Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Original Year of Release: 2011
- Extras: See Below
Shark Night 3D Blu-Ray Review
It’s perfectly safe to go back into the water.
By Tim Janson
January 22, 2012
Shark Night 3D is a brazenly transparent attempt to cash in on the success of 2010’s Piranha 3D. However this film lacks the two elements that made that film a surprise hit: Over-the-top gore and lots of nudity. Shark Night 3D has neither and as such we can’t overlook the silliness of the plot as we could with Piranha 3D.
Seven Tulane University students…Sara, Nick, Beth, Malik, Maya, Blake and Gordon…head off to Sara’s family vacation home on a private lake near Lake Pontchartrain for a weekend of fun. As usual with films of this type there’s the early encounter with the local rednecks, including Sara’s (Paxton) ex-boyfriend, Dennis (Chris Carmack). Malik takes a spill while water skiing, and swims back to shore…a task made more difficult as Malik has had his right arm severed just below the shoulder. At first the group blames it on a “boating accident” (ha ha) but as Nick dives in to recover the severed arm he is pursued by a shark, barely making it back to shore. They put Nick in a boat and rush him to a hospital but his blood attracts a shark that rams a boat causing Maya to fall in (and be eaten) as the boat goes out of control and is destroyed.
Soon Dennis and his friend Red (the stereotype hick missing most of his teeth) arrives offering to help. They take Beth (McPhee), and Gordon on their boat to go get help but they soon reveal that they are the one’s responsible for placing the sharks in the water. Their reason for doing so is even more ridiculous than the idea that they could get their hands on dozens of sharks including bull sharks, hammerheads, tiger sharks, cookiecutter sharks, and even great whites, to begin with.
But when it comes down to it Director David Ellis obviously isn’t concerned with reality. Not when we’ve got sharks swimming fast enough to catch speedboats and jet skis, and great whites leaping out of the water to pluck helpless victims off said jet skis. Uggh…The sharks are created with unimpressive CGI effects that will have you longing for Bruce, the mechanical shark from Jaws. These are strictly Sy-Fy channel effects. Over 35 years later and no one has come close to making a movie about sharks that even comes close to the 1975 classic.
The only actor worth watching is Sara Paxton who did a good job in the remake of The Last House on the Left. She at least seems to care about her performance and having her in a bikini for almost the entire film doesn’t hurt. And of course you may remember Katharine McPhee as the runner-up on Season Five of American Idol. Needless to say, Shark Night 3D isn’t going to make anyone afraid to go into the water. Afraid to use their Blu-Ray players, maybe…
Shark Attack! Kill Machine! (6:00) – Mostly a simple mash-up of most of the shark attack sequences from the film.
Fake Sharks, Real Scares (5:00) – A look at the special f/x that brought the sharks to life. It’s a combination of digital CGI and animatronic creations.
Shark Night’s Survival Guide (4:00) – A guide to general shark knowledge and facts
Ellis’ island (4:00) a short featurette on Director David Ellis