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on 25 September 2010
***** Contains spoilers - but then so does the DVD cover *****
Great cover showing a giant shark (so obviously not a goblin shark) attacking a bikini clad bather, nice tag-line "the legend returns" both of which seem to indicate that some gigantic creature is on the loose.
Originally known as Malibu Shark Attack, the truth is far more mundane.
Undersea earthquakes initially release a group of goblin sharks, a species which "were thought to be extinct, they're extremely rare" and later "haven't been seen on the earth for millions of years", not strictly true they still exist today although they are a deep sea species so not as common as other species of sharks. They do look great though like a cross between a rhino and a great white except when created using cheap repeated CGI scenes. Most seem to be about 10/12 feet long though so not exactly "mega" shark material.
Those quakes also unleash a devastating 100 foot high tsunami on California "larger than the Indonesia tsunami (2004)", a TV reporter keeps popping up to comment on the extent of the damage which is then illustrated by a few odd floating pieces of timber or a pink coat covered in seaweed. As devastating as that wave was a wooden lifeguard station on the beach survives intact, thankfully so as our cast (including Peta Wilson) are forced to ride the tsunami out inside the shack. The pretty, but annoying and always screaming, blonde in a bikini gets a life-threateningly small cut on her thigh and the blood attracts the sharks who then lay siege to the station, meanwhile one of Wilson's lovers is on route to rescue them.
When the action switches to a new building site the tension really ratchets up a gear as the sharks chase the survivors through flooded corridors (Cheap Blue Sea?) who will sacrifice themselves so others can survive?
There are numerous rip-off scenes from other shark movies, several from Deep Blue Sea (I half expected a parrot to appear at some stage) and at times the theme tune treads so close to John Williams awesome Jaws theme but it IS a mega-low budget movie so we can't expect too much, can we?.
If you want another so bad it's almost funny movie then grab it. If you are led to expect giant sharks then avoid this like the plague.