ABC Film Challenge – Horror – B – Bait (2012)

Director: Kimble Rendall

Writer: Shayne Armstrong, Duncan Kennedy, John Kim, S.P. Krause, Justin Monjo, Russell Mulcahy (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Brancatisano, Xavier Samuel, Chris Betts, Sharni Vinson, Jullian McMahon, Dan Wyllie, Alice Parkinson, Phoebe Tonkin

 

Plot: A freak tsunami traps shoppers at a coastal Australian supermarket inside the building – along with 12-foot Great White Sharks.


Tagline – A tsunami just flipped the food chain. 

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: CGI Shark Attack Movie

 

Story: Bait starts when Josh (Samuel) and his fiancée Tina (Vinson) witness their best friend and brother killed in a shark attack, one year later, they live very different lives, with Josh stacking shelves and Tina moved on with her life. On this day Doyle (McMahon) has planned his robbery of the supermarket, on a tsunami hits the coast, flooding the store.

The survives find themselves trapped on the shelfs with Josh taking charge of the survival efforts, using his knowledge of water survival, with Tina needing to face her own fears of the water, with the water rising, things only get worse when they learn that a great white shark has become trapped in the store too, the race to survive is on.

 

Thoughts on Bait

 

Characters – Josh is the former lifeguard that sees his best friend killed by a shark, his life has been ruined with the guilty eating him up inside, when the disaster happens, he gets to help the survivors and reconnect with the love of his life Tina. Tina is the former fiancée whose brother it was killed in the opening attack, she has moved away which broke them up, her character is a strange one because it starts with her fear of the water, only to seemingly forget this once the shark arrive. Doyle is the thief who wants to rob the supermarket, he has lost control of his team which causes the robbery to go wrong, though he shows he never wanted to hurt anyone. We get lots of supporting characters that don’t really bring too much to the film if we are being honest, we have too many which only gives us too much shark bait or too many small side stories we don’t care about.

PerformancesXavier Samuel is the highlight of the performances here, he does have to do the action and emotional material as he is the one dealing with the loss of his best friend and life falling apart, he handles the action well too. When we look elsewhere Sharni Vinson, Julian McMahon and Phoebe Tonkin are fine with their roles and could have been interchangeable with a blink of an eye.

StoryThe story does bring us elements of original material, a tsunami hits the coast trapping people in a supermarket which just so happens to get a great white shark trapped in too. Watching the survivors trying to figure out how to get out of the building is interesting to see, for a survival movie you can enjoy this, the problem comes from too many characters that are harder to keep up with because you don’t know who to invest in because some are not interesting, the couple in the car are just annoying and you start to feel like some characters don’t even have an idea between their ears. For a shark movie, this is an acceptable story to watch, it does work well without breaking any barriers.

Action/HorrorThe action is the strangest part of the film, we get the shark moments sure, but the final attempt to escape is the highlight of the film. when you get to the horror side of the film, we get to leave it with how you feel about shark films.

SettingsThe film keep us in two main locations, one is the supermarket and the other is the parking lot, they both have sharks in with little chance of escape until the shark is dealt with and the water levels rising.

Special EffectsThe effects are the weakest part of the film, the opening shark attack is laughable and it doesn’t get much better from there.


Scene of the Movie –
Final escape plan.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The CGI is terrible.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good late-night shark attack movie, you can enjoy this with a couple of drinks to get extra kicks.

 

Overall: Simple shark attack movie.

Rating

 

 

Guardians of the Tomb (2018)

Director: Kimble Rendall

Writer: Kimble Rendall, Paul Staheli (Screenplay) Kimble Rendall, Jonathan Scanlon (Story)

Starring: Bingbing Li, Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, Chun Wu, Shane Jacobson, Stef Dawson, Jason Chong

 

Plot: An innocent discovery of a well-preserved mummified Chinese Emperor from 200 B.C. unearths a two-thousand-year-old nightmare, a secret that should have remained buried.


Tagline – Unearth the legend. Unleash the curse.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Terrible Adventure

 

Story: Guardians of the Tomb starts when pharmaceutical business man Mason (Grammer) turns to the daughter of his former partner Jia (Li) to search for her brother Luke (Wu) who went missing during the latest search for a cure that would put the company back on the map.

Jia joins Mason, survival expert Jack Ridley (Lutz), Gary (Jacobson), Milly (Dawson) and Chen (Chong) in search for the answers in the tomb, a tomb which is filled with deadly spiders that could bring a new cure for diseases.

 

Thoughts on Guardians of the Tomb

 

Characters – Jia is a specialist in venoms and dangerous animals from around the world, she knows how to remain calm around them if somebody is infected, she is forced into the field after her brother goes missing on his latest expedition, where she must use her own expert skills to keep the team alive and guide them out alive. Jack Ridley is bough in because of his skills in survival situations, he is here to keep the team safe. Mason is the co-founder of company, he has seen his partner killed and is always looking to push the boundaries in search new products which could help make him money in the pharmaceutical world, he leads the team after his own men go missing. Luke is the younger brother to Jia, he goes on the adventures, with his latest one seeing him go missing, he is working for Mason too.

PerformancesBingbing Li is easily the best of performers in this film, she does look like she is trying unlike most of the rest of the leading members of the cast. Kellan Lutz continues to fall into the generic soldier figure, offering nothing new, Kelsey Grammer does seem to be wasted in his role, he would have been better to not go on the adventure too. Chun Wu is solid enough in what is a smaller role, though it he could have done more with more screen time.

StoryThe story follows a rescue mission after a discovery mission goes wrong inside an ancient tomb in China. This is a story we have seen before, we know how ancient tombs tend to play out, with traps only this time we get spiders that are protecting a tomb. We have greed, family and memories planning out for the characters, even we do end up just going through the, spiders are coming lets run storyline way too often. This is simply enough without being anything original or enjoyable.

Adventure/HorrorThe adventure involved in the film follows the characters as they go through the tomb. The horror in the film comes from the spiders being deadly.

SettingsThe film keeps us going through the tombs with each room offering a new problem for the team to face.

Special EffectsThe effects come from the spiders which at times are awful looking CGI, in a place where we could have had practical ones.


Scene of the Movie –
Couldn’t find one.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The CGI spiders.

Final ThoughtsThis is a disappoint adventure horror that could have been a lot of fun, only to become bland, predictable and just becomes forgettable quickly.

 

Overall: Forgettable.

Rating