Dead in the water
IF you must see one movie about man- eating sharks swimming around a supermarket in 2012 . . . why not stay right where you are for the next three months on the off- chance another might come along?
For the Australian- made 3D thriller Bait is dead in the water as far as shopper- shredding shark- attack movies go.
Even if you watch this dud through so- badit- might- get- good eyes, which is probably the only way to be viewing, really, Bait just cannot and will not hook you in.
All that works here is a snappy opening gambit, which has a tsunami sweeping the Gold Coast, thereby pushing a pair of hungry great whites inside a flooded supermarket.
However, once the snappy snackers have acclimatised to their new surrounds – one is upstairs swimming the aisles, the other is prowling the car park underneath – the film stops being fun fast.
A scratchy screenplay is the major problem here. The characters ( a drab grab- bag of shelf stackers, checkout chicks, consumers and crooks) struggle to either be loved or loathed, so caring about their short- term survival is not an option.
Worse still, any attempt at humour is a total bust, and tension levels rarely rise above nil.
Special- effects are knowingly crummy in an ironic kind of way, and pretty much complete the job at hand. However, the rest of Bait screams of hard work that was never done. Now showing Village Cinemas Once bitten: