The Sand (2015) *1/2
D: Isaac Gabaeff
C: Brooke Butler, Dean Geyer, Meagen Holder, Jamie Kennedy, Mitchel Musso, Cynthia Murell, Cleo Berry, Hector David Jr., Nikki Leigh
Plot Synopsis: After an all-night graduation beach party, a group of hung-over twenty-somethings awake to a beating sun and a seemingly carnivorous beach that devours anything with a heartbeat that touches the sand.
Review: After an all night beach party, a group of attractive young people awaken to find everyone else has disappeared. Turns out that there's some kind of creature lurking beneath the sand that's devouring anyone that sets foot on the beach. Now, the group must band together to figure out a way to get off the beach without touching the sand.
From the get go, The Sand never stood a chance. The characters are stuck in one place for the entirety of the film. We know they're going to argue with one another about what to do. We know they're going to try and escape this predicament. We know that they're bound to fail in attempting to escape, at least until the finale, otherwise there wouldn't be a body count. And, we know this scenario is bound to repeat itself until the end.
Since everything's been mapped out from the get go, we know what's going to happen before it happens. The element of surprise & discovery is gone. What we're left with is one repetitious scene after another. This gets tiresome real quick and that's a shame too.
The Sand actually has solid credentials behind it. Cleo Berry & Jamie Kennedy have proven themselves as comedic actors when given the right material. Dean Geyer has an appealing on screen presence. Brooke Butler showed spunk in All Cheerleaders Die. Meagen Holder plays the strong, black female character without resorting to cliches. The entire cast is solid.
Director Isaac Gabaeff brings style & energy to the beach party sequences that open the film. You can see where he tried to inject some style into the rest of the proceedings, but there's only so much you can do when all of the action is centered around a deserted beach in broad daylight.
The cast & crew deserve credit for not throwing in the towel when they were working with material that was fundamentally flawed to begin with. Viewers, on the other hand, might be tempted to do otherwise. [Not Rated] 85 minutes.
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