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Dark Tide
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05.22.2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
John Stockwell

Actors:
Halle Berry
Olivier Martinez
Ralph Brown

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Kate is a shark expert whose business has been failing since a shark attack killed a fellow diver under her command. Once dubbed "the shark whisperer," Kate is haunted by the memory of the attack and unable to get back into the water. With bills piling up and the bank about to foreclose on Kate's boat, Kate's ex-boyfriend Jeff presents her with a lucrative opportunity to lead a thrill-seeking millionaire businessman on a dangerous shark dive - outside the cage. Battling her self-doubts and fear, Kate accepts the proposal and sets a course for the world's deadliest feeding ground - Shark Alley.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
After watching all 114 minutes of this movie, Iím not entirely sure what there is to say about it. Ok, thatís not entirely true. I have a lot to say about this film, but almost none of it is good. So Iíll start things off with the only good thing that I can think to say about DARK TIDE: the scenery is beautiful. And by that, I simply mean that the sharks in the film donít appear to be animatronic and it appears that the actors are actually swimming with them. I very much doubt that they actually are, but still. It all looks very real-ish and thatís a nice change from a film like say, Shark Night. Annnnnnnd thatís the end of the good stuff and now onto everything elseÖ

The first ĺ of this movie is Halle Berry trying to overcome her fear of sharks after a shark attackÖ a shark attack that didnít really happen to her. So her character, Kate, takes up giving whale and seal watching tours on her boat. When that doesnít prove to be very lucrative, she accepts a shady offer from a rich tourist to take him swimming with sharks. Yeah, cause thatís going to end well.

As I mentioned, this movie is 114 minutes long and nothing actually happens until the last 20 minutes or so of the film. The whole synopsis revolves around the group winding up in Shark Alley, but they donít actually wind up in Shark Alley until the very end of the film, leaving you with about 90 minutes of ďHuh?Ē Because really, everything in this movie is pretty well pointless. There are several scenes that actually make NO sense whatsoever in the film and thinking back on them, it actually took me a moment to remember if they were even from the same film.

Halle Berry hasnít really been up to much of anything for a while, so I canít blame the gal for wanting to pick up a paycheque and get a fancy, all-expenses-paid trip to South Africa, but really now. Catwoman, Gothika and now DARK TIDE (not to mention one of the worst lines ever as Storm in X-Men)? Halle, you may want to think about retiring before things get even worse for you.
THE EXTRAS
There are absolutely no special features, unless you count the trailer for DARK TIDEÖ which I donít.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The screenplay is poorly put together, the acting is pretty dismal, the dialogue is awful and overall the movie is just not worth checking out. Seriously. If you have nothing else to watch, go read a book.
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