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The Reef [DVD]

4.0 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Andrew Traucki
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C9MCCY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,647 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Four backpackers set out for a week cruising the beautiful great barrier reef on their own yacht. When the boat capsizes leaving them stranded on the overturned hull they must make a simple choice… stay with the damaged ship, likely to sink at ant moment or do they try and swim for dry land?

Taking to the water the group starts to close in on land but when a giant fin breaks the surface they are hit with the realisation they are being stalked by a deadly fourteen foot Great White shark. Will any of them make it to dry land or will the sea just take what it wants?

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Based around real life events that happened in 1983, The Reef is Australian director Andrew Traucki's follow up to his crocodile horror Black Water.

Truth here is that if you have seen the likes of Open Water, Adrift, Black Water and the under valued Frozen, then this really doesn't hold any surprises, it is what it is, a bunch of friends ending up in a battle for survival as one of mother nature's predators stalks and homes in for the kill. However, this is done with some style, it looks very nice, is well performed (even though the characters are thinly drawn), the use of underwater sequences, which has us peering into the gloom in scary/excited anticipation, ramps up the suspense and the shark attacks are strikingly effective.

If you are not yet jaded by this formula, then this serves its purpose well, while if this is your first venture into such territory then the benefits are greater as a frightening scenario is intensely played out. But please, no more of these eh? There's only so much you can achieve with the premise... 6/10
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2011
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Personally, I never plan to be in a situation where I have to choose between swimming through shark-infested waters to possible safety and staying atop a capsized sinking boat with very little chance of being rescued. Unfortunately, that's exactly the situation the characters of The Reef find themselves in when their boat strikes a reef and capsizes in the waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Those beautiful blue Pacific waters aren't so inviting when you're suddenly forced to ponder the dangers that lie beneath. It's true that The Reef follows the standard formula in a genre that is already bursting with shark attack movies in recent years, but this one is well worth watching because it is based on a true story (albeit loosely, with a number of significant changes) and, more importantly, it hits all the right buttons of fear, suspense, and realism.

The trip was supposed to be a holiday for Luke (Damian Walshe-Howling), his friend Matt (Gyton Grantley), Matt's girlfriend Suzie (Adrienne Pickering), and Matt's sister (and Luke's former girlfriend) Kate (Zoe Naylor) - and so it was until their yacht hit a reef and capsized. With the keel pretty much laid open, Luke lays out the group's options. Option 1 is to stay on the slowly sinking boat and hope they are rescued before it goes down - but there is very little traffic in that area, the boat's old distress beacon can only be picked up by a plane flying overhead, and the current is pushing them out toward the ocean. Option 2 is to swim for it to Turtle Island twelve miles away. Luke's sole crewman is adamant about staying with the boat because he knows they are in shark-infested waters, but Luke thinks their only realistic chance is to swim for it. Personally, I would be staying there with Warren - no doubt about it.
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'Wondering how good the Great White might look in 1080p?' (Its not available on Blu-ray in the U.K yet so you have to search 'ebay global' and buy from Australia - they're also region 2 and obviously English Language so you wont need subtitles.)

The Australian Blu-ray artwork is much better for a start (theres a massive Great White with its jaws extended about to bite one of the four characters which looks great). For the Blu-ray itself the picture quality is clear the surface of the sea is glistening, the boat looks superb and clean the characters faces are well lit and in fantastic detail as you would expect. When they're diving in the water too and exploring the reef the fishes, turtles and the smaller black-tip shark all look colourfull and bright, infact its surprising how well you can see under the water! My first thoughts were that the film crew and actors were really lucky to have been filming on such great sunny days it gives a very warm and tropical feel to it. Our main Shark too is very clear and detailed you can see small cuts, and marks on it and it is easier to spot when it first comes into view from a distance..

There are reviews raising issues with the actors but I'd have to say the acting is perfectly fine. Thankfully they seem quite sensible, they get on well and cooperate with each other especially later in the film as events unfold. It gets better still when there in the water, helpless and the Great Whites tailing them... they convince you as their faces show all the panic and irrational thought you might experience in the same situation, going pale and wide eyed almost to the point I think they stopped blinking in those scenes too which shows how much the cast were believing in this.
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A film of this nature has one purpose and that is to entertain you for an hour and a half. From the front of the box and the DVD synopsis you know what will happen and how it'll end. But you know what that's fine, after all isn't that the reason we watch films like this? Anyway, the story revolves around a group of holiday makers and after a series of unfortunate events they end up stranded in the ocean approximately 10 miles from the nearest island. They start swimming and a shark turns up. I was actually gripped by this film, I thought the decision to use a real shark as opposed to the cop-out CGI option works in it's favour, many scenes showed both the shark and the actors in the same shot. These were very effective and had me questioning how they achieved the end result. Its not a perfect film, the plot is obvious, the acting slightly wooden in places but I was riveted to my seat the whole time and I came away feeling I had watched a solid shark film, this is no Jaws but I preferred it to (in my opinion) the over-hyped Open Water. Overall a solid and entertaining film without bringing anything new to the table, probably worth a rent before you buy.
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