Bait (Xavier Samuel) - DVD Review
Review by Rob Carnevale
KIMBLE Rendall’s shark thriller Bait is a B-movie romp that has a knowing sense of its own stupidity.
The premise is laughable. When a tsunami devastates a small Gold Coast town and leaves 12 people trapped in a flooded supermarket, the group slowly realises that they may not be alone. Indeed, they are trapped with a hungry 12-ft Great White shark!
Included in the mix is a lifeguard (Twilight’s Xavier Samuel) still struggling to come to terms with the death of his best friend in a shark attack, his former fiance (and sister of the deceased), a couple of robbers (Julian McMahon and Dan Wyllie), a rebellious teenager (The Vampire Diaries’ Phoebe Tonkin), her cop dad (Martin Sacks) and boyfriend (Chronicle‘s Alex Russell) and a couple of teenage lovers (Lincoln Lewis and Cariba Heine) and their pet dog.
Rendall’s movie owes more to the B-movie exploits of classic Roger Corman than it does to Steven Spielberg’s seminal Jaws but it does, nevertheless, include some nice moments of tension.
It’s also high on the gore factor with the effects department working overtime to create various mutilations – either at the hands of the Great White or as a result of the tsunami. Hence, horror fans may well dig those efforts too.
The cast gamely invest their characters with what’s required, whether it’s McMahon’s obligatory tough guy, Samuel’s all-action, selfless hero, Tonkins’ feisty rebel or Lewis’s dim-witted Romeo. They all seem to have the measure of the material.
While there’s a certain pleasure in finding who will survive and who will become shark bait – often in inventive fashion. There are a couple of deaths to rival the audacity of Samuel L Jackson’s demise in Deep Blue Sea.
Hence, if you’re willing to go with the flow and suspend disbelief, this offers a genuine guilty pleasure.
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Running time: 93mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: April 29, 2013