Trash shocks fail to bite
HERE’S a problem when you walk out of a shark attack horror flick wishing more people had died. Unfortunately, that’s the case with Bait 3D – Australia’s happily B-grade Jaws- meets-disaster movie.
More people die from the tsunami that hits the Aussie coast than from the great white sharks.
At least two get trapped inside an underground supermarket after the wave hits.
One explores the flooded aisles waiting for the human snacks to fall off the shelves, while the other meanders around the water-filled carpark.
After chomping up the grisly drowned corpses floating about, the sharks start to pick off the survivors trying to escape their supermarket prison.
Think Snakes on a Plane, except it’s sharks in a shopping centre. It sounds ridiculous and it’s meant to be, and you’re either a fan of these kinds of trashy horror genre movies or you’re not.
The problem with Bait 3D though, is director Kimble Rendall and some of the cast’s tongue-incheek tone doesn’t always come across.
Xavier Samuel ( A Few Best Men) plays a former surf lifesaver, whose world fell apart when his best friend, and the brother of his fiancee (Sharni Vinson), was killed by a shark.
A year later, just before the tsunami hits, is coincidentally the first time he sees his now ex-fiancee in a supermarket, which is being robbed at the time by Julian McMahon’s amusing Doyle. McMahon gets laughs with his cool tough-guy, but it’s Dan Wyllie who has the most fun, with his bogan accent and maniacal laughter.
They aren’t the only seasoned Aussie actors, with Martin Sacks starring as a widowed police officer with a messed-up daughter (Phoebe Tonkin).
While she’s with her dad, her boyfriend ( Chronicle’s Alex Russell) is hunted on the carpark floor, where Lincoln Lewis’ Kyle sits in a submerged car with his annoying, whingeing girlfriend (Cariba Heine). All realise the obvious – don’t go into the water. The filmmakers, however, give them plenty of excuses to get back in. Highlights include one clever scene involving a shark-repellent suit, another when a secondary character is chomped in two. You just wish it happened more. The Australian/Singaporean co-production breaks golden horror movie rules more than once. Some won’t care, but others will.
You can’t compare Bait 3D to Jaws – part of Jaws’ terrifying suspense was created by what you didn’t see.
In Bait 3D, a full computer-generated monster launches itself out of the ocean within the first 10 minutes. On one hand, yes, it does set up the silly tone, but it also feels like a wasted premature reveal.
Sharni Vinson (as Tina) and Xavier Samuel (Josh) star in cheesy shark horror film