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Bait (3D)
  Reviewed by Tim Cooper on September 26th, 2012
   Paramount Pictures
presents a film directed by Kimble Rendall
  
Screenplay by Duncan Kennedy and Justin Monjo
   Starring:
Xavier Samuel, Lincoln Lewis, Julian McMahon, Alex
   Russell, Cariba Heine, Phoebe Tonkin, Martin Sacks and Sharni
   Vinson
  
Running Time: 91 minutes
  
Rating: MA15+
  
Released: September 20th 2012


4/10

 


Australia has a love-hate relationship with sharks. They are equally feared and respected across this continent and often misunderstood to be a bigger threat to man than they actually pose. The new Australian film Bait 3D may just suffer the same judgment as their underwater protagonists, but not until you watch Bait 3D should you make up your mind about this down under death fest.


Bait’s story is simple and outrages all in one. Boring, generic lifesaver Josh (Xavier Samuel) is having a bad day. He has a hangover, no acting ability, and is about to marry an over tanned rake called called Tina (played with the same intensity of a paper bag blowing in a slow breeze by Sharni Vinson). To top it off, he also has to watch his fiancés brother get eaten by a great white shark and keep his hair looking perfect at the same time. All of this proves too much for Tina, so she leaves to pursue her next groundbreaking role on whatever 3D Step Up film is currently shooting. Josh retreats to a life of not showering and stacking shelves in the local supermarket. To great surprise, the couple is soon blissfully reunited when Tina returns with two new facial expressions and one new boyfriend. It is here we are introduced to the rest of our cast. The rest of the live bait are uninspired castoffs that include: cops and robbers, nerds and jocks, mean girls and basket cases. All this makes for a perfect time for a tidal wave to hit and trap the acting elite in the supermarket with two bloodthirsty great white sharks.

Anyone who walks into an Australian 3D shark movie called Bait expecting quality needs their head checked. This film is stupid, gory and corny. The piece is given a generic setting to try and convince dim American audiences that it could be happening on their shores. This approach doesn’t work and the mix of accents only adds to the hilarity of the piece. The acting and script is terrible throughout and this leaves you waiting for the kills. Like any good B-grade horror piece, the kills are the most important factor. They are graphic, funny and happen just often enough to keep you interested. The shark work is terrific with both CG and animatronic work being quite good for a homegrown piece. Not relying on CG was a wise directorial move and keeps gore on screen in a tangible way.

Bait 3D is almost so bad it's D-Grade and this is why it works. Steer clear if you don’t like Aussie cinema or B Grade horror. For those that do get a kick out of these two types of cinema, check it out for a laugh. The 3D effects in Bait are good, but like all 3D films, mostly uninspired and done before. This film will work better after beers and a BBQ with friends this summer. Just don’t go swimming afterwards!






 
 



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