Patriot Games' Patrick Bergin is Tiberon (get it?), a madman who clutches a pearl necklace, has Kick-Ass Yancy Butler draped on his arm, and channels John de Lancie. He's collected these poor souls for reasons unbeknownst until the final five minutes; you can gather it's for personal revenge.
He forces them into his baby shark-infested swimming pool; all but one make it through the built-in escape hatch that plops them on a island and a clue to lead them to a key to unlock their handcuffs. The film is all a game, riddled with challenges involving a hammerhead, tiger shark and the great white CGI one and all as well as the occasional land mine. Tiberon watches from the comfort of home, still holding on to that pearl necklace for dear life.
Shark Weeks right-there-on-the-box concept of Jaws meets Saw is a genius one, but executed at dunce level. Its The Asylums best idea yet, yet given the companys usual minimal effort. Given the work its done to build its brand and fan base, Id love to see the creative powers that be to spend just another $29 (give or take) in each of three departments acting, scripting, direction to up the quality ante. Pieces of the film the shark attacks, natch made me think The Asylum could be to the 10s as Full Moon Entertainment was to the 90s; the difference is that Full Moon tried fairly hard to make the product as good as it could, whereas I still get the vibe that The Asylums primary focus is speed above all else.
And speaking of speed, for a movie with so many sharks, Shark Week is awfully slow. The long scenes that serve as bridges between contestant deaths are momentum killers, with dialogue so disengaging that youll tune them out. Directed by Christopher Ray, son of legendary straight-to-video filmmaker Fred Olen Ray (Turbulent Skies), the movie makes Syfys recent Jersey Shore Shark Attack look like Herman Melville by comparison. (Like many of The Asylums titles, this also aired on Syfy.)
Aside from a brief gag reel that contains a strange, distracting line near the middle of the screen for its whole, the DVDs most notable feature is the collection of The Asylum trailers 12 minutes worth, including but not limited to Super Cyclone, Bikini Spring Break Adopting Terror, The Haunting of Whaley House, Bigfoot, 100th Street Haunting and, last but not least, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies. One operates as a trailer for The Asylum itself (see below), culminating in the tagline, "15 Years. 100 Films. You're Welcome."
Um, thanks? Rod Lott
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