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Bait 3D Blu-ray Review

“Bait 3D” proves the world doesn’t need another shark movie.

Set in Australia, “Bait 3D” revolves around a diverse group of people who are trapped in a flooded supermarket (and a parking garage) after a tsunami hits a coastal town. As if there weren’t enough problems for these survivors, they also have to deal with hungry sharks that are roaming around in the store and garage. Will anyone be able to survive?

“Bait 3D” starts out with a promising premise and setting, but unfortunately, it’s clear early on that this setting cannot sustain a feature length movie. Rather than attempt something unique with the story, the writers quickly resort to the same old bag of unsurprising tricks and scares. It doesn’t help that there isn’t a single likeable character (or even characters to care about). Writers John Kim and Russell Mulcahy deserve some of the blame for not creating interesting enough characters, but it doesn’t help that the cast is filled with overactors and monotone line deliverers.

The thing that really “bites” about this movie, however, is the CGI sharks. Much of the film has a semi-serious tone so imagine my surprise when cartoony shark attacks started popping up in the movie. Not only do they feel out of place, but they look positively dreadful. I’ve seen better f/x on SyFy channel movies (which have less of a budget than this movie did).

Flaws aside, the movie isn’t a total wash. The grizzly practical make-up f/x and the lush cinematography give the film some credibility here. I was also impressed with the set design. Filming in or around water is never easy, but the director and crew do a fine job of creating believable (and claustrophobic) settings.

Summary: If you’re looking for a good serious shark movie, watch “Jaws.” If you’re looking for a silly shark movie, watch “Shark Attack 3: Megaladon.” Skip “Bait 3D.”

Note: This set contains the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film.

Video/Audio:

Visually, the film’s color palette looks crisp and clear in 1.78:1 1080p.

Likewise, the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio track is also impressive. The tsunami scene in particular really put the speakers to work.

Extras:
* Anchor Bay film trailers.
* A storyboard gallery.

September 29, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. When I threw Bait in my Blockbuster at Home queue the only thing I had heard from a few of the guys in my office at DISH was that it needed some work. I watched the 3D version last night and it was horrible. I know exactly what you mean about the CGI sharks looking out of place (and not in a good 3D way mind you). About 25 minutes into the headache I took it too the Blockbuster store up the street so I could get a free exchange. The story line may very well have been exciting, but I just could not get past the graphics.

    Comment by Bruce | October 18, 2012 | Reply


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