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Shark Night

Shark Night
Starring:
Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan and Chris Carmack


Rated: PG-13  For violence, language and sexuality.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: September 2, 2011 Released by: Relativity Media

You know that its the end of summer when a film like this ends up at our local theaters, instead of on late night T.V. Director David R. Ellis Snakes On A Plane and Final Destination 2) delivers a 3D action film with young, attractive couples being maimed and killed.

Sara (Sara Paxon) invites some college friends (Sinqua Walls, Joel David Moore and American Idol's Katharine McPhee) to a weekend at her family's retreat, located on a small lake island. The lake is beautiful, almost deserted and teeming with sharks. Sharks in a lake??? Yep, a couple of local yokels (Chris Carmack and Joshua Leonard) think it would be a hoot to release some sharks into the peaceful lake waters.

Once the first attack occurs, everyone tries to escape and call for the Sheriff (Donal Logue). Service on their cell phones is out and the only way to get to safety on the mainland is to, of course travel in the water.

Films like this seem to work whenever they're either really scary or really funny. Shark Night is neither. The young actors are competent (Logue has one particularly good scene), the 3D is pretty good and in a couple of scenes, the sharks even look somewhat real. But, there has to be more than watching bikini-clad women and good-looking guys being chased around by some big, mean fish and unfortunately there isn't.

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