The Bottom Line
- Good special effects and overall production value
- Strong gore
- Solid cast
- Cheesy dialogue
- Underdeveloped characters
- Uneven acting
- Starring Xavier Samuel, Sharni Vinson, Alex Russell, Julian McMahon, Phoebe Tonkin, Cariba Heine, Lincoln Lewis, Alice Parkinson
- Directed by Kimble Rendall
- Rated R
- DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
Guide Review - 'Bait 3D' DVD Review
Bait 3D is a fast-paced, fun, gory popcorn flick, the sort of enjoyably shallow confection you always hope (in vain) that the weekly SyFy creature feature will deliver. Outside of the more realistic scares of Open Water and The Reef, it's probably the best shark movie since the similarly toned Deep Blue Sea in 1999 (and certainly better than the more high-profile Shark Night 3D) -- granted, the bulk of the others have been the aforementioned SyFy fare.
Bait actually feels like what could be done if a SyFy movie had a $20 million budget (Its basic premise was actually used in 2009's Malibu Shark Attack, except set in a submerged lifeguard station and with prehistoric sharks.). It's got its dumb moments (Somehow they manage to craft a makeshift diving suit out of shopping baskets.), some of the acting is hammy and the overly expository dialogue is constructed for commercial sound bites, but the special effects on the tsunami and the sharks (a mix of CGI and real-world models) is excellent, the action is constant and the kills are R-rated and bloody, striking a good balance between horror and dark humor.
Special features include a storyboard gallery.