The Reef (2010)
Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 4
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Release Date: May 15, 2010 Wide
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 1,816
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
May 15, 2010 Wide
Jul 19, 2011
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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