Thursday, March 3, 2011

"The Reef" aka "Shark Attack" - Scared Shitless in the Ocean

It's another day in paradise, and Luke has visitors; old friends from London and an old flame from Sydney to take sailing at the Great Barrier Reef. The trip promises to be fun, but as they were sailing north, the boat hits a rock that cuts through its floor, abruptly capsizing it. Warren, the sailor, is aware of the shark infested waters, and refuses to swim to the nearest Turtle Island before the boat has fully capsized. Luke (Damian Walshe-Howling), his friend Matt (Gyton Grantley) with gf Suzie (Adrienne Pickering), and Luke's former girlfriend Kate (Zoe Naylor) decide to swim together and brave the ocean. Will they survive the tumultuous seas?

Derivatively fashioned much like "Open Waters", Andrew Traucki's "The Reef" - aka "Shark Attack" - is a predictable suspense thriller that nevertheless inspires paranoia and ocean anxiety, despite its trite treatment of a shark's tale of horror. In fact, I jumped a few times in my seat way before the shark started its gastronomic offensive. Cinematography is adequately lush and camera movement is obstinate. But it's the ensemble performance that carries an otherwise "been there, done that" scenario".

Damian Walshe-Howling is the star of the Australian underworld drama, "Underbelly" for which he won a best supporting actor at the AFI Awards.

Zoe Naylor is a well loved Australian personality (she was in the porn chic Australian drama "Book of Revelation"). She acts, writes, hosts, and models.

Zoe Naylor

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