Shark Night 3D (2011) **
D: David R. Ellis
C: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee, Donal Logue, Joshua Leonard, Joel David Moore
P: A group of college aged kids, spending the weekend at a lakeside vacation home out in the middle of nowhere, are picked off one by one by man eating sharks.
Let’s be honest. Shark Night 3D is trash, pure and simple. Films going for a trashy aesthetic should go about it with reckless abandon, so that the film achieves that guilty pleasure factor that can make a trashy film enjoyable to watch. Shark Night 3D treads water in its attempts to be a trashy film, but it never fully dives in.
Shark Night 3D is always a bit too reserved and cautious in how far the film is willing to go in terms of nudity and violence. The concept behind Shark Night 3D is completely ridiculous, but the writers never fully give in to the absurdness of the whole concept. The human villains of Shark Night 3D aren’t nearly nasty enough. For this type of film, the villains should be the type that viewers love to hate. Here the human villains are rather bland. Ditto that for the sharks who aren’t given anything special or meaningful to do. Shark Night 3D lacks that stand out death sequence. That one big memorable moment with the sharks that makes people go wow.
As for the film’s young heroes, everyone is rather attractive, but no one character is particularly engaging ….or nearly naked enough for that matter. And the overall pacing is alright, but it should have been zippy and energetic.
Illogical premise - check.
Killer, man eating sharks – check.
Hot young cast who looks like they should be in episode of Beverly Hills 90210 – check.
With those ingredients alone, Shark Night 3D should have been a home run, but the film never allows itself to be the film that it should be. It plays up to the idea of being a trashy camp classic, but then shies away from it. [PG-13] 95 mins/