Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26% (Critics) / 44% (Audience)
Directed By: Kimble Rendall
Written By: Russell Mulcahy, Justin Monjo, Shane Krause, John Kim, Duncan Kennedy, and Shayne Armstrong
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Sharni Vinson, Phoebe Tonkin and Julian McMahon
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Synopsis: A freak tsunami traps shoppers at a coastal Australian supermarket inside the building – along with a 12-foot Great White Shark.
As preposterous as this premise is I do have to admit to being totally taken in by it. I tend to like movies where a disparate group of people are trapped in a specific location and begin to get picked off one by one. Throw in sharks (which are my favorite real life movie monster) and I am thoroughly sold.
The problem with this film is that it doesn’t seem to realize that it is a supremely goofy movie that would be perfect for an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. By being so straightforward and melodramatic, Bait sucks all the fun out of what should have been a cheesy horror romp.
The inconsistencies with which the two computer generated sharks were rendered was laughable. Actually all of the effects in this movie were sad and pitiful from the impromptu tidal wave to the shark attacks to the supposedly shocking scenes of devastation at the end of the film. Plus the movie overdid it on the incredibly obvious 3-D scenes. It was like every 3 minutes something or someone was flying at the screen. Just terrible.
Final Verdict: A movie that should be “so bad its good” but fights against it so very hard that it only serves to make a dreary, dull bit of schlock horror that isn’t even fun enough to earn a place among SyFy Channel stalwarts like Piranhaconda and Sharktopus. The fact it took so many people to write it is also the height of insanity.