Bait 3D (Kimble Rendall, 2012) wr. Russel Mulcahy; Julian McMahon, Sharni Vinson, Phoebe Tonkin; sharks: horror; Australian release Sept 2012
Bait is the first Australian-Singapore co-production. With modern technology at its disposal, and an experienced action director like Kimble Rendall behind the camera, you might have expected another Jaws; but the film falls short of that thanks to a corny screenplay by John Kim and Russell Mulcahy (who was originally to direct) and some very variable acting. This sort of film exists to make the audience jump out of its seat every few minutes and on that level it succeeds pretty well. But would it have been so hard to find really interesting characters, characters to involve the audience and make us care as to whether or not they'll wind up as fish food? David Stratton, At the Movies.
Kimble Rendall's direction is disciplined and maintains tension while giving us occasional respite for either humour or an emotional exchange. The tone throughout is well judged and the genre is well served. A final bouquet for the tsunami effects (and aftermath) - all seamless and powerful. Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile.
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