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As If Louisiana Didn't Have Enough Problems.,
This review is from: Red Water [DVD]  (DVD)This film stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Kristy Swanson and Coolio. It is directed by Charles Robert Carner and is associated with fright night films. It is monster movie about a shark with the tagline 'Fear Strikes Where You Least Expect It'.
An oil rig just outside a nature reserve on the Louisiana bayou is drilling looking for oil suddenly the drill breaks though some rock and become stuck. Unknown to the drillers the drill has unearths a long dormant creature slumbering in black cove, an extremely old bull shark. Makings its way down river it soon feels right at home munching down on the vacationing swimmers. Coincidentally over in the Virgin Islands a drug dealer has lost some of his property right in the middle of the very waters where the shark is now playing. He sends diving expert Brett and his gangster cousin Ice (Coolio), down to Louisiana to retrieve his money. At the same time an ex-driller John (Phillips) now a fisherman is recruited by his ex-wife Kelly (Swanson), to go to Louisiana to fix the broken oil rig. As they travel down they encounter hunters out to kill the shark as there is now a $50,000 bounty on it head. Arriving in the rig John and Kelly find that an unknown boat is moored in the cove. Brett and Ice have located the man responsible for losing the money and he says he dropped it somewhere in the cove. As John prepares to fix the rig, Kelly goes diving for samples neither realising that the shark is on his way home. It isn't long before all hell breaks loose with the bad guys taking everyone hostage. Sure enough trouble immediately follows as the rig explodes. When John tries to fix the rig, the shark shows up making things much worse. As the shark won't leave and Brett and Ice want the money John and Kelly become live bait. As it becomes a fight for survival against nature and man what possible chance do they have of making it out alive?
What we have here is another shark movie only this one doesn't rely on the shark to carry the entire film. There is the added twist of the gangster bad guys out to get rich. As the shark plays a minor role for most of the movie it is left up to the other cast members to carry it off. There is a great performance by Lou Diamond Phillips and Jaimz Woolvtt. Though it is a little far fetched that a gangster would leave it up to two people to retrieve his three million, overall the story holds together quite well. As the shark doesn't really gain centre stage until the end the story plays out more to be about the gangsters search for gold than a bull shark in the bayou. It seems like they used the shark as an added threat not the main focus of the movie no matter what the blurb on the back of the DVD says. Looking at it as a shark/monster movie it falls short, as a regular suspense action it's not so bad. If you're just looking for a good film to fill up a few hours then there are worse films out there.