- 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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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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Make no mistake about the plot; some strangely provoked shark stalking and picking off the cast members as they swim to safety across an expanse of ocean. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Van Jaarsveld
Drama,suspense and fear in abundance....much more gripping and believable than 'jaws'.Published 3 months ago by hugh williams
I felt compelled to prevent anyone wasting 80+ minutes of their lives on this shower of s---
The acting is atrocious it's not in the least bit suspenseful and the characters... Read more
I'm not usually into shark movies ( I think the last one I saw was when jaws came out ) but this caught my eye one night just as I was going to bed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Yvonne Middleton
A faultless film from Traucki, makes BLACKWATER look standard. And I rank this above OPEN WATER any day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Becky.horror