WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The moment Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends arrive at her parent's Louisiana lake house, the party is in full gear. Everyone is having a blast until Malik (Sinqua Walls) loses his arm in what initially appears to be a tragic wake-boarding mishap. Determined to get him to the nearest hospital as quickly as possible, it isn't until they're far from shore that they realize the lake is teeming with hungry sharks, and a tiny speedboat isn't about to stop them from getting their next meal. As the feeding frenzy begins, Sara and her pals realize that their only hope for survival is to swim for their lives!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
After watching the initial trailers for SHARK NIGHT, I had no desire to willingly watch it. From checking the movie out a little further, the movie has a couple things going for it… ok, only one that I can really think of and that is Donal Logue. I love this guy… he’s great in Terriers, was amazing in the short-lived TV series Life and other miscellaneous roles here and there. In SHARK NIGHT, he plays a quirky hillbilly sheriff and is unfortunately, not in this movie enough.
If I’m being 100% honest, SHARK NIGHT wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. I was prepared for hokey dialogue and a lot of me screaming “You don’t want to get eaten by a shark?! Then don’t go in the freaking water!” at the TV, but for the most part, the characters were relatively good about that. It was more the outrageousness of the shark behaviour that made me roll my eyes (which attempts to be justified in the special features).
The bad: bits of the story are one big “Huh?” after another. People trying to harpoon sharks (sans limbs), a lack of a home phone in a place where no on gets cell reception, questionable life decisions and a couple other things that go hand-in-hand with a silly thriller like this.
The good: Donal Logue. Oh and the crazy drinking games that could come from watching SHARK NIGHT.
Shark Night’s Survival Guide: Complete with hokey dialogue such as “For this bathing beauty, sticking close to shore feels pretty safe. Uh-oh, think again. Turns out shallow water often leads to very deep troubles.” Ha. Hilarious. However, this actually is a feature that discusses shark facts and this one leads into the fact that most shark attacks happen in water less than 6 feet deep. I think this feature is trying to justify some of the hokeyness behind the movie and it’s nice to know that they did some research into the film, but I think they stretched a lot of the research to make it work.
Fake Sharks Real Scares: I actually assumed after watching the movie that all of the sharks were just done with the computer. As it turns out, the sharks were actually robotic replicas that the crew built for the film. Colour me impressed! Anyways, this feature goes behind-the-scenes of the sharks and how each model was made.
Shark Attack! Kill Machine! Just in case you didn’t just watch this entire movie, this is a feature that includes all of the shark kills from the film.
Ellis’ Island: Basically just a feature from the perspective of the cast and crew. They talk about the director David Ellis and his vision for SHARK NIGHT. It’s your basic sort of “Making Of” feature.
I mentioned that SHARK NIGHT wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, but that doesn’t make it a good movie. Good is definitely not a word that I would use to describe this film unless you use it in a sentence like “I felt good when SHARK NIGHT was over”. It could be a fun movie for a bad movie night with some booze and friends, but other than that, it’s not really a film to be taken seriously (as I’m sure the people involved must know). SHARK NIGHT is definitely not necessary to own on Blu-ray.