Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bait/Bait 3D (2012) (Minor Spoiler Review)

**This review contains MINOR spoilers**

At a supermarket in Australia, a small band of survivors are trapped inside a flooded supermarket after a giant tsunami wave destroys the city. The surviving group including, Tina (Sharni Vinson), Josh (Xavier Samuel), Doyle (Julian McMahon), Todd (Martin Sacks), Steven (Qi Yuwu), Jaimie (Phoebe Tonkin), Ryan (Alex Russell), Jessup (Adrian Pang), Kirby (Dan Wyllie), and others will have to put aside their differences and work together to survive.

In the parking garage, Kyle (Lincoln Lewis) and Heather (Cariba Heine) try to use their BMW as shelter, but they’re forced to find another way out after the windows crack. Both groups are caught up in bickering and finger pointing, but a bigger problem emerges, when two twelve foot Great White Sharks swim into the supermarket and parking garage.

Weird, weird cast here. On one hand, you have Vinson, Samuel, McMahon, Tonkin, and Sacks, who all deliver decent to solid performances, with Vinson providing the best overall performance in the cast. But on the flip-side, you have so many terrible and mediocre performances to drag the movie down, with Pang being one of the worst. And on top of that, the bad side of the cast has one too many unlikable and annoying characters.

Bait includes every typical and clich├ęd character you can think of in a horror survival film, where the main characters are barricaded inside a seemingly inescapable death trap:

-The uncooperative whiner, who complains about everything.

-The one selfish person, who does something to jeopardize the safety of the group, so they can have a better chance of saving their own ass.

-The one person, who goes off on his own to fix a problem (in this case it’s cutting off the power, so broken and live cables won’t hit the water), and of course, something goes wrong, and that person dies.

-The tough and resourceful hard ass, who miraculously pieces together some random contraption to save the day. Or he’s the guy, who comes up with most of (if not all of) the plans.

-The brave hero, who constantly risks his life to save everyone, while assuming the role of leader in the group

-And of course, you have someone, who’s suffering from a serious injury. But they don’t want to hold the team back, so they try to contribute, but they can’t……and in the grand scheme of things, they’re still the weak link in the team.

Predictability is a big problem for Bait. You can see everything coming, and it’s not hard to predict every event in the entire movie step by step after the opening scene. But to be fair, Bait never tries to be too complex, and making a smart horror film wasn‘t the goal here. Bait should give gore fiends everything they want and more, and for a low budget film, the special effects aren’t that bad. In the end, Bait provides enough bloody carnage and gruesome, gory deaths to warrant a guilty pleasure pass. So yeah, if you’re looking for some passable dumb fun, and if you’re into shark attack horror movies, Bait is worth a try.

Rating: 5/10

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