Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Film Review: SHARK ATTACK II (2000)

If there was ever a rip-off of Jaws 3-D (1983) than Shark Attack II (2000) is that film.  It didn’t decide to go with copying the original film but instead borrows from the inferior sequel as in Shark Attack II an aggressive shark is captured off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa and then placed in a Sea World knock-off called Water World in which a few people get killed before the shark escapes and there is discovered six sharks instead of the one.  A shark hunter is brought in to assist with the situation and more people are killed.
There is nothing new in this killer shark film but director David Worrth gets a lot of mileage out of the real shark footage which is mixed with the less affective fake shark fins in the water.  Some of this same real shark footage is used in the even worse sequel Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002).  Despite the pedestrian script, writers Scott Devine and William Hooke do inject the script with quite a few comedic moments mostly between lead Thorsten Kaye and Dan Metcalfe (the shark hunter) but the revenge storyline involving Nikita Ager’s character Samantha, whose sister is killed by the shark, drags the story down and the romance between her character and Kaye’s seems forced (due to the requirements of such a film).  This is a minor issue since most films of this genre need the required romantic angle or revenge angle (or both) to move the plot along.
The film relies more on the footage of real sharks which is a benefit as to many other films rely too much on CGI.  This does not make the film good, it just makes the film more tolerable as any killer shark film should probably stay clear of the inferior Jaws 3-D and just borrow from the original.

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