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Film Review: Shark Night 3D

Sep 11, 2011 03:58AM ● By Wendy Sipple

With a movie title so on the nose it leaves little to the imagination as to what the plot may be. This movie is about a group of college kids that go spend a week on a salt water lake and end up doing battle with a large group of sharks...and, yes, mostly at night. There is a subplot about how and why the sharks get there and it involves redneck ex-lovers (yes, you read that correctly) but I won’t spoil the fun for you.

With the name and the 3D gimmick I think people’s expectations are set for this film to not be a great movie. If your expectations were set that high I am sorry to disappoint you but Shark Night 3D was a bad movie. The 3D was bad. It was not scary in the least. The special effects were terrible. Frankly, I’ve seen low budget cable movies with better effects. The story is downright absurd. Yet I would be lying if I wrote I didn’t have fun laughing along with this movie.
I have no idea if the laughs in the movie were intended or if the writers and director knew ahead of time they would be saddled with a PG-13 rating so they decided to make the film as goofy as the rating would allow them, so I can’t blame (or credit them for that matter) with what was on screen. Some of what transpires is so outrageously silly the film makers had to have known that what they were making was a farce and not a horror movie, right?
The actors all play their parts about as well as you’d expect in a movie like this. Sometimes the actors' efforts to make the bad dialog serious added to the comedy. My favorite parts of the movie didn’t involve a shark at all, but rather the yellow lab dog that makes odd appearances and does its best impression of Lassie.
People who like low budget B-movie monster/creature movies will appreciate this movie, and you know who you are (your TV is set to the SyFy network and you get excited to rent Mega Shark vs. any other Mega animal they can think of -- and there's no judgment here). This movie is just like that but probably not as serious. Those going in hoping for scares and gore might be disappointed. Those searching for a great movie such as Jaws will be horrified -- but if you go to this movie expecting that, then you get what you deserve. If you’re going to have some laughs at a bad movie you will get exactly what you came for. Shark Night 3D is a bad movie, but it is a lot of fun. 
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Justin Buettner is Style's resident movie dude! How did he get this role? Well, he graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts in film Production and a duel minor in Animation and Business with an emphasis in the entertainment field. He later went on to work on several independent films in various key roles including writer and later worked in the special effects field as a motion capture artist. He has since relocated to the Sacramento area with his family and continues writing for small independent films in addition to his movie reviews for Style Magazine.

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