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Shark Hunter [DVD]
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If the Amazon synopsis still reads "A marine biologist is called to a small Californian seaside town to investigate the death of a whale but stumbles upon the mythical Carcharodon Megalodon; a prehistoric shark with a mammoth appetite... " this is not that movie. What is really odd is that that same synopsis appears on the back of the DVD itself, once again proof that you can't always believe what the blurbs say. It was obviously written by some idjit who had never seen the movie, dead whale on a beach indeed.
This movie is actually about a young boy whose parents' boat is attacked by a giant shark, he survives and grows up to become a scientist and marine biologist. When an underwater base is attacked he volunteers to assist and on searching the wreckage finds a large shark tooth embedded there which brings back memories of his parents deaths.
Aboard the submarine, which he helped develop, he and the crew soon become the target for a surviving giant prehistoric shark, Megalodon. He wants to kill the shark for revenge, others want to capture and study it.
The film itself is quite well done, it portrays the claustrophobic atmosphere very well, the shark itself is a superb and really mean looking CGI creation. I give the director and crew top marks for their skilful use of CGI and for not simply resorting to the lazy "Shark Attack 3" approach of using cheap stock footage of Great White sharks with superimposed miniatures.
When I first saw this film a few years back I thought it was quite funny, in hindsight on second and third viewing it has grown on me. The shark does not appear to growl as much now. Some of that perceived improvement may be due to the absolute dross featuring sharks that keeps surfacing (much of which I also own). There's a nice nod towards Jaws "We're gonna need a bigger sub" and a Deep Blue Sea style "moon pool" attack but I do not think it is ripping them off.
I unreservedly recommend this movie. It is in no way in the same league as Jaws, or Jaws II but it has a lot going for it. The ending itself is totally unexpected and, in my opinion, adds to the strength of the movie. Thank you for avoiding a cop out ending.
Now if Jan De Bont or whoever can get round to filming Steve Alten's novel Meg with a bigger budget we shark lovers may get something to really sink our teeth into.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2008
It's hard to disagree with anything that I.R. Kerr has already mentioned in his review, bar the ending.

The CGI shark is one of the best looking I've seen in the genre (and extra points scored for not simply making the Megalodon a giant Great White), and the props used throughout the film are - for the most part - fairly convincing. The story is pretty thin as is to be expected but fans of this genre aren't really interested in being told a story, they want to see people being eaten. Unfortunately for all it's good points the film falls way short in this respect. There are I think four people consumed within the first ten minutes and from then onward we see a lot of the shark, but nothing in the way of people being savaged by it. Incredibly, there's even a black man who doesn't get killed. This movie was so low budget, they didn't even abide by the laws of Hollywood.

The ending is something of a surprise, though no less of a let down because of it. It is quite simply a complete cop-out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2008
Despite being one of UFO Films' earliest animal attack movies, this is easily one of the best. Probably the best.

Despite having watched it some time ago and remembering what happened, I still found it to have some suspense. It also has good atmosphere in a lot of scenes.

Also, there's actual depth to the characters and it doesn't seem "biased" in favor of the central protagonist. Ever notice the increasing amounts of horror movies where, because someone can side with the main protagonist but doesn't, they're portrayed in a completely negative light? That doesn't happen here. People who disagree with Spencer's theories aren't portrayed as unlikeable. In fact, I don't remember an unlikeable character in the entire movie.

It's great because it means there's actually a reason to care what happens to these people.

It's too bad that after this movie and "Python", UFO Films never seemed to make another decent movie though. Then again, directors and whatnot seem to make better movies towards the start of their careers.
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on 21 October 2010
I thought this film was fantastic! It has scary bit, funny bits ( where you do literally laugh out loud), and it's got a decent story line.
The main story is about some bloke who was on a boat with his parents as a kid and he saw a giant fin approaching the boat which was then totalled but he miraculously survived. Skip to today and the guys(can't remember his name, will refer to him as bob!) a teacher wanting to do research on the megladon on a deep sea sub but gets turned down as everyone thinks he's a nut (you can tell he's got a massive 'i told you so' coming up later). Back in the deep blue sea some people are doing maintenance on an underwater building when our mate meg turns up, eats one then smashes into the building itself and killing the rest of them. Of course, bob is finally excepted to the undersea sub for the investigation as he's an expert, much to the disgust of some of the crew. When they get to they site you've got the usual dead body and massive tooth but of course no one believes him. Eventually meggie turns up and some nutter comes up with the idea they should sedate it and keep it as a pet (where??), bob is not impressed as he's now hell bent on revenge for his parents and cuddling torpedos, but they head out in a mini sub all tranked up and ready to take the new baby home. Of course it doesn't work and the poor bugger gets rather annoyed with them so it results in a fight to the death.

The thing with films like these is you have to remember what it is your watching. Is it a massive block buster? No! Does it have a million pound cast? No! Does it have amazing special effects? No! I LOVE dodgy old b movies, but you have to keep in mind it is a dodgy b movie, it not some master piece by wes craven or ridley scott so you can't really compare it to films of that callibre. For what it is, a dodgy b movie involving not perticually wonderful special effects without an a list cast.

As it is I think it's fantastic! The megladon doesn't have a cheesy grin like he does in 'megladon', he's quite realistic looking all said. The acting is good and the special effects aren't to be sniffed at either.

All in all if you appreciate the movie for what it is Its well worth buying, I personally thoroughly enjoyed it and will definately be watching it again.
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on 18 March 2014
I do enjoy a good shark movie, but as we all know...trying to top "JAWS" is almost impossible!
This is one of the better offerings in this particular sub genre. The sfx are not too bad, considering it probably had a small budget. The acting is passable. One to watch on a Friday evening with a pizza..I can also recommend "Shark Attack" from 1999 starring Casper Van Dien.
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on 1 September 2014
WATCHABLE SHARK MOVIE FOR THE FANS OF THIS TYPE.
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on 5 July 2014
very good
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2007
I wouldn't say this was the best film I have ever seen but it wasn't exactly so bad that I would turn it off. I managed to get to the end which was ok I would recommend this to someone that had nothung better to do with their time.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As a shark fan and quality film lover, I thought I'd give this a go. I struggled to see it through as it was very lame. Quite boring and definately a watch once only film. For die-hard fans only.
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