The Reef (2010)
On the beautiful but dangerous waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, ship delivery man Luke and four friends chart a yacht to its new owner. Along the way, their ship is torn open by sharp rocks and begins to sink, leaving the passengers with a terrifying choice: stay on board with slim hope of rescue, or swim twelve miles to the nearest island through shark-infested waters. When they enter the water, an unstoppable, relentless Great White immediately follows their trail for a white-knuckle chase that will fill the waters with blood! From the director of the acclaimed monster hit Black Water comes a pulse-pounding, visually stunning thriller that never lets go until the final, heart-stopping scream! … More
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Critic Reviews for The Reef
Considering what most low-budget shark flicks look like, The Reef is a welcome sight indeed.
... squirm-worthy survival adventure ... Go ahead, take the plunge. 'The Reef' is an authentic nail-biter (toe-nibbler?) that lives up to its fun come-on: 'Pray that you drown first.'
Lacking the compelling drama and survival horror kick of its cousin Open Water, The Reef is brisk and reasonably involving, but pretty middling, too.
The Australian tourist industry will hate it but The Reef is an extremely effective watery horror/thriller.
For most of the time, Traucki manages the horror well, with the menace inferred. Particularly spine-chilling is the scene in which Walshe-Howling is exploring the air pocket in the upturned boat. Sound tells the story.
The Reef is that rarest of treats: an "animal attack" thriller that is as dramatic as it is horrific.
Terrible scripting, unconvincing acting, wonky continuity and feeble atmospherics induce an overpowering feeling of tedium that cancels out any potential for true terror.
Once that journey happens it is tremendously effective and, honestly, it's like you want to get out of that cinema.
The film is good at what it does, goes to plan and concludes in a modest 88 minutes. Yet if that's success, it's also a failing, for it's not particularly memorable or distinctive.
Fortunately, the lengthy scenes in which the four frightened swimmers are menaced by a white pointer are chillingly well handled -- not since Jaws 35 years ago has the horror of this sort of situation been as well captured on film.
Jaws it is not, but it's well worth the hour of suspense to see which one, and only one, will survive.
As for suspense, there isn't much. When the only thing at stake is the size of the body count, suspense becomes the first casualty.
There is something fun about being scared by a movie and The Reef offers that sort of safe danger that, for some reason, most of us occasionally crave.
Taut, suspenseful and finely acted, this delivers both thrills and strong characterisation.
It's short, sharp and to the point, and the careful, measured use of shark footage is exemplary
Here's a terrific genre movie splashed liberally with tension, scares and just enough humour
The tropes of survival (or otherwise) in a watery wilderness may be familiar from Open Water, Adrift and even Andrew Traucki's own crocodile-themed debut Black Water - but when directed as thrillingly as this, these tropes prove all too easy to swallow.
Audience Reviews for The Reef
Australians sure do seem to make some good horror movies. "Wolf Creek" and "The Loved Ones" are two of the better horror flicks of the last ten years, and "The Reef" is one of the better shark movies since "Jaws". It's about a group of 5 people who capsize while sailing in the Ocean. They have to make the decision to stay on the boat and wait for help while it sinks. Or try to swim the 10 or so miles to land, knowing there are sharks in the water. Let's just say this is pretty tense, and quite scary if you put yourself in their shoes. It's more about the mental aspects of the movie that will get to you, rather than the sharks(although they are awesome too). Could have used more sharks, but I don't know if it would have been as effective as it was. A movie like "Wolf Creek" has a slow build, then had a few moments that were like "HOLY S***!" This is a lot like that in that sense, well and the Australian accents. Reminded me of "Open Water", but not as slow. Runs around 88 minutes and doesn't really ever get boring. Good runtime for a movie like this. I saw it on Netflix, so since everyone and their dog has Netflix these days, you should check it out. Good for a few scares, but you won't wanna go swimming for a while afterwards.
I liked this movie, except for the ending. It ended so abruptly, I was like "Is that it?" It was really disappointing. It was almost like the director didn't know where the movie should end, so he just.....ended it. I was really unsatisfied. I was hoping to see a lot more than what I did. It amazingly was able to keep my interest the whole 90 minutes, but when I was expecting a climax of some sort, the movie let me down. They get picked off one by one (and it's pretty predictable about which people go when) until there's a couple left then something not so shocking happens and it ends. Then before the credits the movie tells you what happens afterwards like a documentary or whatever. Like, they can't or don't feel like showing us what happens, so they just tell us in words on the screen what became of everyone.
There were some good intense moments with the shark, but I really didn't get to see enough of it. It was mostly just water...lots of water. There wasn't enough gore either. After a shark attack there should be lots of blood, but there was not a lot of blood shown. The closest gore this movie got to was a half eaten sea turtle and that's it.
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The other thing I didn't like about this film was the fact that the guy that decided to stay behind on the (possibly) sinking yacht was ignored. It focused on the 4 individuals that decided to swim to shore, then went back to the guy on the yacht, and then it shifted to the swimmers again but never went back to the yacht. So we didn't get to see how he made out. They focused back on the yacht once to show the sharks swimming around, which was kind of unnecessary because we all knew what the swimmers were going to encounter; there's no need to foreshadow it. Since they focused on the yacht once, they should've kept going back to it, so we could've seen what that guy had to go through. That way we wouldn't get bored looking at the same people in the same ocean just swimming around. That part just annoyed me a little bit. I thought they'd come back around and check in on the yacht every once in a while, but nope guess not. Was the yacht really sinking? Did it ever sink? Did the sharks get the guy on the yacht? A bunch of questions were still unanswered by the end of the film. I was hoping to know a lot more than I did. The whole movie ended as a mystery like "I guess we'll never know" sort of thing, and I didn't like that very much.
Some of the parts with the shark like I said were really suspenseful and good, but the ending really sucked thus ruining the entire movie for me. :(
From the same director as Black Water about a Alligator menacing a group of stranded people in the outback. We have this survival thriller about a group of friends whose boat is capsized and after some decide to swim encounter a great white shark. Apparently based on true events...
It does feel very similar to both Open water and Adrift but has a bit more action I felt. Definitely not as slowly paced as Open water. Given the subject matter, this is about as good as this type of film can get. It won't be for everyone.
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