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Shark Night 3D (2011)

  Tags: 3d, action, Alyssa Diaz, Chris Carmack, David R. Ellis, Dustin Milligan, Jesse Studenberg, Joel David Moore, Katharine McPhee, killer sharks, Sara Paxton, Shark Night, sharks, Sinqua Walls, Will Hayes

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David R. Ellis
91 minutes
Sinqua Walls, Chris Carmack, Alyssa Diaz, Joel David Moore, Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee

Director David R. Ellis has moved from Snakes on a Plane to sharks in a lake, as proven with Shark Night 3D - a movie that was actually considered getting released as "Untitled 3D Shark Thriller." As if the silly title would've made any difference to this already absurd movie anyway.

The pic starts off like thousands of other genre efforts before it, as we follow a standard group of young friends on their way to a secluded cabin at a small-town lake. After naturally mixing it up with the unfriendly locals, they enjoy a little booze, music, and fun in the sun (as much as the PG-13 rating would allow anyway). It's all good times until one of'em gets their arm chomped off by a shark. The movie immediately kicks into survival mode, but we soon learn that it's not just the sharks that the group have to worry about, but also the crazed locals too.

As much as a threat the sharks were, it's really the locals that proved more of a menace to our leads than anything. If you can get passed the hollow acting and inane dialogue you'll notice that they're the reason why the sharks are in the lake to begin with and also the reason for the group being unable to leave the cabin to fetch help. On another note, as expected from a PG-13 shark movie, aside from a bloody stump of an arm there really isn't much else in terms of gore.

I didn't view the movie in 3D, so I can't comment on how it looked, although there were some clearly gimmicky sequences with objects flying towards the camera, which leads me to believe that I didn't miss out on much. There are a lot of preposterous scenes that make up the movie, like for instance a battle between a guy with a spear (who has one arm, by the way) and a shark in the middle of the night, but the worst is saved for last - literally - for those unfortunate enough to stick around until after the credits to witness a dreadful rap parody featuring the cast of the film *shivers*. We should all be glad it wasn't actually featured DURING the movie.

As ridiculous as the film was, it at least remained an interesting watch during my viewing experience and it didn't hurt that we got to watch the lovely Sara Paxton run around in a tight little bikini for over an hour. Sadly, Miss Paxton's rear wasn't enough to forget the plot-holes and irrationalities seen throughout the pic. Unless you're drunk and with a group of friends, I'd skip this one.

Posted on December 3, 2011 - 9:21pm | FrighT MasteR