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Far better second time around 3.5 stars at least.
on 14 December 2007
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.