“The Reef” is a must-watch shark film.

 

This morning I watched, “The Reef” from 2010. It’s directed by Andrew Traucki (Black Water), and is based in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. All I can say about this, is that I’m glad it exists.

There are so many shark movies about there, and about three quarters of them are B-movie unwatchables. This film has been on my list for a while, and I finally got to it. I’m an avid fan of creature features, and survival horror, which this obviously falls into. But the movies that are some of the scariest to me, are the shark movies (if they’re done well). For the most part, they’re realistic, and accurate which enhances the experience for me, The Reef has it all.

I have seen many Australian films, and I could tell this was one right away. There’s something about the color correction that all Australian films have in common. But other than that, the cast was great and I had a pleasure watching them. The shark scenes were scary, and provided a non-familiar thrill that most shark movies don’t. Open water freaks me out already, and then add a shark?! No way. Then I found out/read about the true events this is based on. If you don’t know much about the story, it’s super interesting and creepy. You can check it out more info here! The cinematography was awesome, as they showed many perspectives, above and under water. This made me want to go visit Australia so bad. There were only a few times where I thought to myself, “why are they doing that?” or “why aren’t they moving along?”. Other than those few gripes, this movie was super effective overall. Seeing how there’s not much more to expand on, on the plot, I’ll just get into spoilers!

 

 

 

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Something that did sort of bug me about this film, was when the shark did eventually attack someone. When Matt (Gyton Grantely) was the first to go, he got his leg bitten off. I get trying to save one of your friends, no man left behind and all of that. But when you’re in the middle of the ocean with nothing in site except for a giant great white shark, you need to avoid the blood areas as much as possible. They could’ve at least tried to slowly swim away, instead of tread in the bloody water just waiting to be eaten.

Everything else was great! The way they would swim through the shark sightings was done well. I really liked how Luke would constantly use his goggles to check for any sign of sea creature life. They way they utilized the floatation devices was smart. Even though it was frustrating when Luke was literally 2 feet away from safety and then got taken, I think it was a needed death. I couldn’t even imagine being alone, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by a great white.

 

Jaws started it all, and shark movies will always be up there with some of the freakiest survival horror films. I would highly recommend you watch The Reef. But (like you should with every movie) you should watch this on the biggest screen you can find, with the sound turned all the way up.

 

RATING: 7.5/10

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