Review: The promises were big, and consequently, the expectations were high, but Shark Night 3D does nothing to make it an exhilarating experience for you. You’ve seen this before. You’ve heard this before. Hence it is all a repeat affair. A group of college friends set out to a lake house for a fun weekend which goes all wrong. Whenever you thought you knew what was going on… you were always proven right. Such is the loosely executed script of the film. It isn’t particularly scary and it’s definitely not funny. The ‘terror lurking in the water’ concept could have been tackled a lot better. First, it doesn’t sound right in any way. Secondly, although you know that the sharks are only computer-generated marvels created by Walt Conti, for a brief minute you find yourself feeling sorry for those endangered species. And guess what? The reason is as ridiculous as the film. Nowhere in the film do you feel sorry for the characters, barbaric as it may sound.
The opening scene of the film undoubtedly gives you the chills, for it sets the tone of the whole film, but that’s it. It fizzles out right there. And this may come as a spoiler, but the sharks are not the real villains either. You might want to watch the film to figure the no-brainer out. From the director who made Snakes on a Plane, you’d expect a little more than the end-product of a story woven around sharks having ‘infested’ a salt-water lake in Louisiana, USA. To top it all, you find yourself laughing in jest at the lazy execution and bad presentation of the film that could probably have been made three-times scarier through the 3-Dimensional technology used. Taking its cue from the Steven Spielberg 1976 film, Jaws, Shark Night is far from a rip-off of a shark-scare film. Most of all, there isn’t anything to look forward to, including a feast for the boys’ and men’s eyes. I only felt very bad for that brief moment when I imagined those marine animals to be true. Most disappointed. If that wasn’t all, the Shark Bite rap number the cast of the film breaks into in the end is funnier than the whole movie put together. One of those legendary face-palm moments. Avoid.
Verdict: The film has nothing spectacular to offer, so you may want to pass on this one. The blood, gore and skin-show don’t make you feel emphatic at any given point of time.
Director: David R. Ellis
Cast: Will Hayes, Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack , Katharine McPhee, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Sinqua Walls
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins