The underrated Shark Night is akin to the fantastic big budget thrills and B-movie trashiness of 2010's Piranha and Deep Blue Sea, two quite fun, if underappreciated, flicks that people don't understand due to the films' gallows-humored approach to their horror and often building character depth from comedy. Yet, they truly make their characters likable and identifiable, thus building tension in the fright scenes.
It has better CG in it than the exponentially more expensive Van Helsing, showcasing just how far the accessibility and ease of the tech has gone, but both showcase that knowing other movies exist doesn't make your movie as good as them. --PolarisDiB
Goofy but mildly entertaining B movie finds a group of college kids under attack by renegade sharks when they head out on a salt water lake for a weekend getaway. Actually tries to make a statement about audience's lust for blood, which probably went over the heads of most of its target audience. Otherwise its pretty standard, patently ridiculous fare, but kind of fun in spite of itself.
What really killed this film was the PG-13 rating for the teens. Why? How the hell do you make a PG-13 shark film? Don't give me "Jaws." "Jaws" was made in the time where PG-13 didn't exist, and even now it doesn't qualify as an R. But the rating wasn't the only thing that killed the film. The acting, the 3D, the characters, and the logic did the rest.
What seems overdone in the beginning, it takes by surprise in the middle with couple of twists, turns it into a movie dedicated to the sharks as a species as well as movie monsters while at the same time exploring the darkest corners of mankind, revealing society perversions just to use them all in a manner of exploitation fun. Add few Jaws nods and self-aware awkwardness and we can have a shark attack classic.
jaws meets deliverance. was a chance with the premise (and pg-13 rating) to affect some kind of commentary on the increasingly lascivious gore hound nature of modern horror, but instead takes every opportunity to indulge the audience's delight in watching people suffer. after the relative promise of cellular and snakes, ellis has revealed himself as a competent hack with a streak towards dull, joke-y misanthropy.
Pretty dreadful. Pathetic visual effects, subpar acting, terrible script and neutering PG-13 rating. They couldn't even muster up the energy to take it just seriously enough for it to teeter over into so bad it's good territory. Nothing here worth seeing.