Great White   review by Bobby Blakey

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I love a good shark attack flick, but most of them showcase either really bad CGI or don’t give you enough of the sharks. It’s a hard genre to crack when JAWS set such a high standard. The latest trying to make its splash in the genre is Great White starring Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Tim Kano and Te Kohe Tuhaka. Could this underwater terror bring the bloody wet fun or will it be chum?

 

Great White follows a blissful tourist trip that turns into a nightmare for five passengers when their seaplane goes down near a shipwreck. Stranded miles from shore in an inflatable life raft, they find themselves in a desperate fight for survival as they try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing pack of sharks lurking just beneath the surface.

 

I give this film credit right off for not wasting any time initially to get the sharks into play. Sadly after the first attacks it limps along for a bit as it tries to introduce all the players and get it to the main situation. The cast are fine, but none of them are overly interesting and kind of cliché with the one dealing with past drama, the jerk etc. Thankfully this is a film about sharks on the rampage so should be the focal point for the fun right?

 

While not as overly intense or bloody as I had hoped they do bring the sharks and let them do their thing. Some of them showcase the CGI aspect I hate, but thankfully they weren’t too bad or overly used. The underwater sequences while not always believable look great and offer up most of the excitement. They aren’t doing anything we haven’t seen before, but if you are a fan of these kind of films then you will likely have a good time with it.

 

I know they work to create a lot of moments to keep you on the edge of your seat, but the bad decision making in these films drives me crazy. Decide for yourself and check out Great White available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Shudder and RLJE Films.