Sand Sharks (2011)
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Critic Reviews for Sand Sharks
Everybody involved in this is clearly having a good time, which - if you don't object too strongly to rubbish special effects, weak performances and a desperately stretched budget - makes it very easy to like.
too self-aware to be as stupid as it appears on the surface, but the 1-D characterisation, moronic dialogue, cheesy creature effects, and performances as consistently broad as the frat house humour, prevent its savviness from ever going very deep.
Audience Reviews for Sand Sharks
As a child, whenever I'd go to a beach I'd imagine sharks gliding effortlessly through the sand. I must have been 6 or 7 back then. Now, 20 years later, someone had the idea to turn that into a film. I love that this film exists even if I don't love the film itself. This has the exact same plot as Jaws, all the way down to the expert called in, the old hunter guy showing up at the town meeting, and the wrong shark being caught early on. The problem with the film is that it tries too hard to be funny. And when it tries it fails, or simply confuses. There are some nice touches, such as one of the characters giving "As my father always said..." speeches, but lapsing into bad impressions. It's when it shies away from something that could have been emotional, for a few needless gory gags. Casting Brooke Hogan as a doctor of marine biology is the first red flag this film gives off. The film trudges towards a climax involving a couple of dozen people trying to give off the impression of a huge party. Seeing the actors crowd around the camera to make it looked pack, or the same actor running back and forth, is mildly amusing. Bad CGI, bad jokes that you laugh at and not with, and exceptionally bad one liners "Your party is no longer on the sand, it's on the ice." It all adds up to what I was expecting, but it didn't have the budget to be the parody it seemed to be aiming for.
It's about as typical and cliche as any other of the low-budget tv monster movies, but this one is self-aware and rather fun. The characters are bad, and they try to be bad. The plot is crazy, and full of Jaws-spoof moments. Most importantly, the sharks are interesting and unique. Overall, the movie knows what it is, and it does it right.
Low-class trash, but that's what these mock-busters are supposed to be. They start off like crap, but then you enjoy them for their terrible visual effects, acting, and cinematography.
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