Screenwriters Scott Devine and William Hooke finish off their Shark Attack trilogy with this last film Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002). A large shark tooth is found off the Mexican coast after several underwater workers are killed. John Barrowman plays Ben Carpenter who crosses paths with a prehistoric Megalodon whom threatens his community ala the original Jaws (1975). Big shark kills lots of people and money hungry industrialist decide not to close the beaches down because it will destroy the finances of the community. Oh, wait, this film does close the beaches but no one listens as people still venture out into the water providing plenty of victims for the giant shark.
Jenny McShane returns from the first Shark Attack (1999) as a different character Cataline Stone, who puts together a documentary team to film the existence of the prehistoric shark in order to prove that it does exist. This is all minor as it just adds a romantic angle to the film and very little else.
The film suffers, more so this film than the previous film, from the really bad CGI effects especially when the Megalodon interacts with any real characters in the film as the effects never meld together seamlessly. The result is a very comedic which the typical reaction of these subpar CGI films is. Now there is something to be said for these types of films as many times despite the basic plot and mediocre acting they can be quite entertaining. This is not one of those films. Both of the series’ previous films had their entertaining moments but when this film decided to resurrect the Megalodon it bit off more than it could chew and it shows. Barrowman and McShane do the best that they can with the material but they are not given very good supporting actors and the film falls flat pretty fast.
If you want a killer shark film skip this film and just go back to the king – Jaws, but if you want something different…still skip this film and go to Deep Blue Sea (1999).