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It's no Jaws but Frankenfish still has pleny of bite. With the exception of cardboard characters the film is generally well made; there's not much originality in the scenario - genetically modified fish attack humans - but the film still manages to deliver some surprises and the location is fun. You will enjoy the mix of animatronics and CGI effects, which don't look bad at all for a low budget movie. Frankenfish moves along at a fast pace; whilst this allows a lot to be crammed in to the film's 121 minutes it does mean that there is very little time for character development and the result is, that despite reasonable acting, you don't care about any of the characters so when our fishy friends start tucking in the viewer doesn't feel any emotion.
The film chooses action over suspense - the gory deaths come thick and fast to the point where it becomes a bit like watching a firework display: there's plenty going on to entertain you but you only jump on the first bang.
A 5 star movie this is definitely not, but it is a film that most viewers will enjoy. Don't let this be the one that got away!
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2010 19:27:49 GMT
ScottPaul ScottPaul says:
Your end line was great but three problems. 1st if it's orginality you want don't watch movies. There is no new thing under the sun but-hello-animals killing people movies are a damn sight rarer than slashers/asian horror remakes/'zombified' cannibals yet no one ever moans about 'their' lack of originality! This movie was not 2hours okay! It was barely 85mins and lastly, the people aren't there to be cared about-we watch these for the beautiful revenge animals should be wreaking on people! If you spent longer with these people-you'd want them to die anyway-character development is a shaky thing to moan about-that's not original-critics ALWAYS do this in better horror movies. Forgetting the characters in dramas like Magnolia are often too awful-and no killer fish is chomping them sadly!!
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S. Clarke says:
You are right on many points but I think you have misunderstood my issue with the characters. It's not that i want the over-dramatic tosh that wins Oscars but I think you need to have some engagement with the characters to feel anything when they meet their untimely end. It's always much more fun to root for the monster/killer when they are about to devour/slash someone you have come to despise! I am also a fan of suspense. My all time favourite movie is probably Jaws. This still scares me today and that is mostly down to the suspense and build up of each attack. I am a big fan of films that use tried and tested formulas; I can watch this kind of movie 'til the killer cows come home (I can't wait for Piranha 3D) but I don't think it is fair to give them 5 stars unless they offer something unique. To say 'if you want originality don't watch movies' is a tad crass; I would argue that if you want originality you need to watch more movies and read magazines like Fangoria to give you the nod on movies which might not make it mainstream.
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