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BAIT 3D [BLU-RAY] (2012)
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Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert

Directed by: Kimble Rendall

Starring:
Phoebe Tonkin
Julian McMahon
Xavier Samuel
Alex Russell

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What's it about
After a catastrophic tsunami hits the entire continent of Australia, survivors trapped inside a grocery store and attached parking garage must now face a new terror than just the devastation of a tsunami when they discovery that a couple of sharks are also trapped in said grocery store and parking garage. Itís survival of the biggest, baddest, meanest, and hungriest!
Is it good movie?
Man-eating shark movies havenít been the same since JAWS came out more than 30 years ago, and few have rarely lived up to Steven Speilbergís masterpiece, but that hasnít stopped busloads of filmmakers from trying. In the last few years, the onslaught of SyFy Original Movies and The Asylum seemed to breathe new life into the killer shark movies that embrace their crappiness for the sake of entertainment. So now a shark movie has to be more than really good or awfully good to stand out amongst its peers, and BAIT had the potential to be that type of shark movieÖ but did it succeed? Letís find out!

The concept for the Australian made BAIT is pretty awesome: sharks in a grocery store. We havenít seen that before and the circumstances to get to that point has never crossed anyoneís mind, so Iíll give it mad props for having a solid, original idea for a shark movie. And even in the execution, the set-up for BAIT is pretty damn goodóit doesnít rush into the sharks in a grocery store concept from the get-go, but rather sets up its characters, their backgrounds, and even throws in a robbery to warm you up before the tsunami even hits. Not that you really give a f*ck about anyone in here, but you almost forget itís a sharks in a grocery store movieÖ until the tsunmi hits and all hell breaks loose.

Once the tsunami hits and the survivors in the grocery store and the storeís parking garage come face to face with the real terror before them, the flick ends up being part THE MIST, part DEEP BLUE SEA, and part P2, with the group dynamics having high tension amongst themselves and of course, the ridiculousness of the sharks swimming through the aisles of a grocery store. But once the initial idea wears off, BAIT falls into the same category of a lot of these shark movies to even a lesser degree: there simply isnít enough shark-killing action!

Odd but true, BAITís biggest flaw is that once the sharks are introduced thereís not nearly enough over-the-top shark-chomping action for any shark enthusiast. Even crap like MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS had a ton of shark action to keep things interesting. BAIT wants to rely on the suspense and tension of what it would be like to be trapped inside with real sharks, but it doesnít really create any suspense or tension, so all you really want to see is sharks eating these people, and unfortunately there isnít much in terms of body count.

Video / Audio
Video: Presented in 1.85:1 1080p HD, the picture quality of BAIT is fantastic. And thatís another thing that should be noted, the film looks really greatólike a legitimate film, which sets it above the majority of Asylum or SyFy Moviesóthis puppy looks like the real deal.

Audio: To go along with the HD video, the audio quality is also top-notch here in its 5.1 Dolby digital TrueHD mix. The sound is crisp and clear, loud and booming, and the sound of the water sloshing surrounds you. Good stuff!

The Extras
Storyboard Gallery: There may be no extra feature thatís more useless and boring as a collection of storyboards from a movie youíve just seen. And thatís literally all there is in terms of extras on this disc. Boo!

You get a few options here for your viewing pleasure: Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D (for those with a 3D TV), and DVD. And for a movie that was meant to be seen in 3D, kudos for them to actually release a 3D version of the film for those so inclined to check it out that way.

Last Call
I enjoy a good (or even really bad) killer shark movie, and BAIT delivers in terms of looking and feeling like a legitimate big-budget Hollywood movie (even though itís a low-budget Australian one) and for having a ridiculously awesome concept of sharks in a grocery store. Unfortunately, there simply isnít enough shark action for my liking. Most of the survivors survive to see the end of the movie, but to be a good killer shark movie, there should only be one or two left by the time the credits roll. Finally, the features suck balls, but the multiple formats provided almost makes up for the lack of anything extra.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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