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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Review: BAIT (2012)


On paper, BAIT has an outlandish premise that sounds like a trashy B-movie fun: Two great white sharks prowling the tsunami-drowned Australian supermarket with a few survivors trapped inside. By right, the movie supposed to be a lot of fun and exciting. Imagine all the bloody mayhem and claustrophobic suspense this movie could have done. However, director Kimble Rendall made a grave mistake by taking this an otherwise tongue-in-cheek genre movie too seriously for its own good. Nevertheless, BAIT is sadly more of a waterlogged thriller.

The movie opens with a pre-credits prologue introducing Josh (Xavier Samuel), a lifeguard who is engaged to marry Tina (Sharni Vinson). He's all ready to give up his idyllic life in a Gold Coast surf town to move with her to Singapore. But on the day Josh lets his buddy Rory (Richard Brancatisano) paddle out in his place to check on a buoy, Rory is attacked and gets swallowed by one of the great white sharks. Ever since then, Josh feels devastated and guilty of his buddy's death.

One year later, Josh is now working at the Oceania supermarket where one day, he stumbles upon Tina wandering around with her new Singaporean boyfriend Steven (Qi Yuwu). Then suddenly, there's two armed robbers Doyle (Julian McMahon) and Kirby (Dan Wyllie) hit the store and causes a lot of panic. To complicate the matters further, a freak tsunami hits the town and subsequently trapped the people inside the supermarket with flooded water from the sea. That's not all -- two angry great white sharks are also washed inside and ready to prey for fresh human meats.

It's such a waste that Kimble Rendall botched the premise with lots of melodramatic moments and surprisingly lack of action. It's also a surprise that this movie is dreadfully slow to get to the point, because Rendall spends too much time trying so hard to make us feel "emotionally" with most of the small-scale characters here. Although there are plenty of worthwhile gore here and there, most of the body counts are done in the utmost predictable fashion. Even the suspense is disappointingly lackluster, especially for this kind of genre movie involving shark.

All the actors are average at best, with Xavier Samuel is kind of bland as the main hero of the movie. Elsewhere, technical credits are fairly adequate and effects work is sometimes choppy, especially the CG-enhanced sharks and the freak tsunami sequence.

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