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Bait (2012)




Critic Consensus: Bait isn't entirely lacking in the shark action department, but a silly story and thinly sketched characters may leave audiences bored between bloody attacks.

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When a monstrous freak tsunami hits a sleepy beach community, a group of survivors from different walks of life find themselves trapped inside a submerged grocery store. As they try to escape to safety, they soon discover that there is a predator among them more deadly than the threat of drowning-vicious great white sharks lurking in the water, starved hungry for fresh meat. As the bloodthirsty sharks begin to pick the survivors off one by one, the group realizes that they must work together to find a way out without being eaten alive. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Bait

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (3)

[It] has many flaws, the foremost among these is the inability to indicate whether we're supposed to consider the savage behavior brought on by its crises as ambiguous or unassailably good.

September 17, 2012 | Full Review…

This likable trash occasionally outsmarts more moneyed Hollywood fish features.

September 17, 2012 | Full Review…
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Rendall and screenwriters Russell Mulcahy and John Kim forget that in between bursts of tart, blood-drenched mayhem, there's a saggy, dumb chamber drama that's completely bland and under-seasoned.

September 13, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

More funny than scary, it often feels like Deep Blue Sea meets The Mist... but what's wrong with that?

May 2, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bait is fairly exciting, ingenious, well designed, and is perhaps a clever advertisement for online grocery shopping.

April 21, 2013 | Full Review…

Jaws it ain't.

April 19, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bait


You know I kind of feel bad for Jaws. I mean sure it brought a lot of this on itself with the terrible sequels, but even so, do you think there's people who have never seen Jaws and think that this is all Shark-based Creature Features have to offer? Chock full of tropes I detest like unnecessary fly-at-your-face-for-3D-you-aren't-using-ery, Australians who aren't allowed to speak in an Australian accent for some bloody reason, and woeful CG. Bait then bizarrely folows up that bad (like, seriously bad) CG with some actually surprisingly decent practical effects and even a handful of live-action, so that took it a couple of steps back in the right direction. It's still bad, but I guess... Less bad. Slightly.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


As far as shark film goes, Bait is nothing new or refreshing, and it presents a clichéd, predictable formula. The film is mediocre, but somewhat entertaining. However don't expect anything good here as this film is basically pretty cheesy, and relies on a poor cast of actors. The idea seemed really good, and it's a shame that the film has some potential, but the filmmakers can't seem to craft a good horror yarn. The film has some poorly written dialogue that is cringe worthy and instead of being something totally new and exciting, it simply relies on genre predictability to create its tension, thus you become less interested in the film, The blood effects are good, but the shark effects lack and look absolutely fake. You can tell that this is a low-budget affair, and maybe the concept may have looked good on paper, but on film the result is less impressive. This had some good ideas going for it, but due to a lacking script, and poor cast, it fails to be memorable. Bait is a disappointing creature feature that is void of genuine tension and effective thrills. Instead, it dumb down everything and there is really no pay off in the end for this flick that could have been so much more if the cast would have been better and in the end this is lazy, unimpressive filmmaking that is among the most disappointing horror features this year. As a whole, this is a forgettable flick that isn't worth your time, or unless you're having a bad movie night with friends, check it out. Otherwise pass up on this.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A supermarket hold-up is interrupted by a tidal wave which submerges the store. Throw a great white shark into the mix and this should be a winning formula. The film takes itself far too seriously for such an outrageous premise and the awful CG effects fall well short of the film-maker's lofty ambitions. Released in 3D in Australia but straight to video in most markets, it's a slightly more professional alternative to a SyFy original.

The Movie Waffler
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

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