The Reef (2010)
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Critic Reviews for The Reef
...the film's final stretch is unexpectedly engrossing...
Considering what most low-budget shark flicks look like, The Reef is a welcome sight indeed.
Traucki manages to keep the tension running throughout the film's 94-minute runtime even before the shark ever shows up to make dinner out of the cast.
... 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.
Audience Reviews for The Reef
Lame ass Australian horror flick staring no on you ever heard of, about 4 idiots who wind up stranded in the water after a boating accident. With a shark. It's exactly what you would think it is.
*** 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.
Remember Open Water? It's like, but it's not terrible.
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