Bait Review

Movie: Bait
By: Maniac E
Date: September 16, 2012

Cleanup on aisle 7

Here we go again another shark movie and this time it is from Australian sole. If one thing is for sure the Aussies know sharks and know what kind of killing machines they can be. Filmed in Queensland's Gold Coast region, this "horror" film should put the jaws effect back in shark movies... should.

Of course we open at a sunny day at the beach in a sleepy beach community. Basically at this beach the movie opens with a shark attack on this guy named Rory which is the best friend of Josh and the brother of Tina. Everything goes horribly wrong and Rory dies. A few months later shoppers at an underground supermarket are terrorized by a crazed bandit when the unimaginable occurs: A monstrous freak tsunami swallows the town. Now trapped, with rushing water threatening to entomb them in a watery grave, the survivors discover they are chum for a pack of hungry great white sharks.


Most of the people that know me, they know I like my movies campy. But this one was taking itself far too seriously everything from the storylines, plot twists and even the cgi. You know those over the top Asylum movies that they air on SyFy channel? Well those movies know they have crappy animations this one just thinks it the best ever. Even the Asylum movies can be funny from time to time but with this one don't expect any laughs, or better said no laughs that are intended. We got 12 main characters so now you think at least 10 of them shall parish in agonizing pain by the death of a shark. No 8 of them make it out alive almost without a scratch. It just baffles me that they even wanted this to be a horror movie none of the gore is done in real life everything is cgi.


So what do we got here is bad acting even though Julian McMahon is playing in it, it doesn't change how the movie is. Its dull the backstories of the characters are laughable and trust me the movie doesn't have be a that serious at all. It's one of those movies where you see the potential but in the end just gets screwed up totally. If you have seen Shark Night 3D than you know how laughable these shark movies can be, certainty looking at the fact this movie takes itself as a pure horror movie. But they have some similarities sharks can't behold in small places to bread and the sharks do things that would normally never be possible. The type of things you really just can't do anything but laugh.


To wrap this mess up: the special effects in this are pretty horrendous. Sort of funny that after 40-years, "Jaws" still has the most convincing looking shark in it. This movie too often relies on CGI effects, which aren't exactly of the best quality. The acting was just of very low caliber none of the characters were very believable and to spare 8 of them is just tedious. My advice is watch this during your next drunken party. Everyone is bound to have a laugh as it is quite a laughable affair. Unluckily I don't think it was meant to be...







Kimble Rendall






Phoebe Tonkin, Julian McMahon and Xavier Samuel