Reviews for Shark Bait ( ) 720p

IMDB: 0 / 10

Pedigree Chum...

Clearly the shark had read Student Fishing for Dummies (the students had only read Acting by Dummies), as it ripped, sliced, sheared into teenage torso tummies, although since that's its modus operandi, you can't be too critical of how it takes its candy, but it does leave you in guffaws, when you think of all the flaws and curious whether Michael Caine might appear in Shark Bait 4, as he had done in a similar film some years previously (about 1987 if you want to look it up, although I wouldn't be tempted to watch it, unless you enjoyed this!).

Alas poor Robert Shaw and Roy Scheider are no longer with us, in a similar way that this film won't be with you this time tomorrow, which is a plus.

Typical Shark movie.. from the good ones...

Well it's a shark movie.. You literally know what you are going to see... Five Youngsters have party and they are doing some crazy stuff of their age. For an unknown reason they stuck in the middle of the sea and they end up hunted for the well-known reason by a shark. So nothing new here but i guess the point of these movies is to entertain you. This one was pretty good enough, the storyline and the SGI were believable and decent and the two lead actors (Earl and Trueman) did a great job and made me care about them. You see shark movies easily seems funny if the acting or SGI are bad... well it didn't.. i am so glad we don't have sharks in Greece.. haha.

Below average shark movie that spins its wheels with the barest minimum paid to character or investment

College friends Nat (Holly Earl), Nat's boyfriend Tom (Jack Trueman), her best friend Milly (Catherine Hannay), and remaining friends Tyler (Malachi Pullar-Latchman) and Greg (Thomas Flynn) are vacationing in Mexico during spring break. The morning of their final day, the group steal two jet skis for a joy ride. When the group play a game of chicken injuring Greg and sinking one jet ski while damaging the other, they find themselves stranded in open water with the tide pulling them further away from shore. Things only get worse as a great white shark begins picking off the group one by one.

Shark Bait comes to us from British director James Nunn, well known for his low budget action films and thrillers like Tower Block, Marine 5&6, and most recently One Shot, and writer Nick Saltrese who got his start on British TV writer for soap operas such as Eastenders before transitioning to screenwriting with co-writing credit on the biography film A Prayer Before Dawn. Shopped to international distributors during the American Film Market in 2020, Shark Bait (then known as Jetski) was one of the productions filmed during the pandemic in Malta (like Jurassic World: Dominion) thanks Malta's more relaxed Covid protocols. The movie is pretty standard for the type of low budget shark movie you've seen in the likes of Open Water, 47 Meters Down, or even previous years Great White where you strand your cast somewhere in the ocean while periodically having the shark come get them. It's well made enough, but there's very little to this movie and it does little to distinguish itself from dozens of other shark movies.

The movie begins with our main characters partying and shouting on the beach with very little character development and it's almost setup like a slasher movie. With Nat being the "good girl", Milly being the "partier", Tom being the "jock d-bag" and Tyler and Greg just being "there"(they don't get anything to distinguish themselves) these are basically kill fodder you'd expect in a slasher film down to the fact the movie even has its own equivalent of the crazy old man from Friday the 13th with Manuel Cauchi's legless beggar character who tells them of how a shark ate his legs. Once we're out on the water with these characters there's really not much that happens and because the characters are so thin personality wise the writers come off with hackneyed cheating revelations to wring some semblance of something happening in the movie. The shark effects look fine in some instances, but when the movie has to do the more elaborate attack sequences you've seen in the trailer the low budget really starts to show with compositing during a chase scene in the climax looking particularly bad or the shark sometimes feeling like it's crudely pasted into a shot. Nobody in the movie is really all that engaging because the characters are so lacking in personality that you don't care when one of them dies and because you're so uninterested it's long stretches of not much happening as we wait for the next kill sequence with about 20 minute waits between the Shark appearing as the shark disappears for no real reason for long stretches (but we know the reason, it's to pad this movie to feature length). Also I know this is a predominantly British cast and crew, but as the group are established as being from Kansas, no American refers to the flashlight function on their phone as "torch". If you're going to make your cast subdue their natural accents, at least commit to it and proofread your terminology.

Shark Bait is yet another bare basics shark movie that's just "there", It's not smart or engaging enough to stand out like The Shallows, nor is it campy or cheesy enough like The Meg or Bait 3D to be cheesy fun. It's a movie that takes up time, ends, and then you forget about it. Maybe if you're a die hard shark movie fan you'll find something to appreciate here, but for anyone else just stick to what you know.

Pretty entertaining

Nothing new or spectacular, but besides underwhelming but serviceable CGI, I was well entertained.

Acting is decent, and there are some tense moments.

All in all pretty decent B Movie.

Not that bad

Sure I can understand some of the reviews. Some of them are brilliant written and some of them are short. But considering the budget and the length of the film , the cast and the special effects and the shark then this is not all that bad. I have enjoyed this film and the young but annoying cast.

Shark bait

Even for a B movie, this is pretty bad. It has atrocious acting and characters doing the most idiotic things. The character dialogue is terrible. The shark CGI is laughably bad. The way that shark targets its victims is even laughable too. The shark brushes past the black guy and goes for the white kids on the jet ski a couple hundred feet away, has a snack and then swims back a few more hundred feet and goes for the black guy and then swims yet again a couple hundred feet to finish the rest of the white kids and then the shark crashes into a coral reef chasing the last white girl (cartoon style-Boing). Who wrote this stuff?

Now for what I did like about it, I thought the prosthetics of the shark bites and scrapes on the actors skin were done well and that's about it. But many of the shark attacks are not seen, they are just implied. In other scenes you do see the CGI attack. I'm sorry. Is this like a PG-13 movie?

Then you have some comical scenes where the shark chases the jet ski. I honestly felt the CGI shark was smarter than the characters. I bet it runs in the new Tesla AI chip

I think the director that made this film might be new to horror and doesn't know how to really build up suspense and tension the way it should be.

A good surprise

The story is about a bunch of kids that are on vacation, but things get a wild turn, when they steal 2 jetskis, playing chicken with both of them, they have an accident, and become stranded at sea, now with nowhere to go and drifting at sea, they are the bait for a great white. So the characters do a good job and the shark is great, for a movie that is low budget like this its awesome, i really liked it.

Stupid mildly fun film

The characters are so dumb that I was rooting for the shark.

No real spoiler here, just to say they behave stupidly with jetskis' and then get into trouble.

Not too bad

Enjoyed this movie.. it was nothing that haven't been seen before but the acting was good and MOST of the time you didn't notice the green screen :), and the practical effects/makeup was quite good.

The characters DID make a lot of really stupid mistakes and of course having the shark target people near and far was a bit.. meh

But all in all, it's a decent movie for a movie night.

Idiots and sharks

I am tired of these kinds of shark movies; they have idiotic characters, a type of animal attacking them, and they must get out of it in some way. Its formulaic.

The characters are idiotic and annoying, they make dumb choices, and I could not stand watching them in the first 3 minutes of the movie.

The shark was not impressive, and the shark would attack in over-the-top ways that make me laugh but also ask questions. The characters would do something that would get them killed and just give themselves to the shark.

The movie would just end at a certain point and the credits would start rolling, but I did not care I was glad that the movie was over. Do not waste your time watching this.

Sharks do the world a favour by improving the human gene pool.

Story: A bunch of drunken, incredibly stupid total a-holes have a completely avoidable accident and get eaten by sharks.

All the characters are utterly unlikable and the movie is easily 30 minutes too long for its paper thin plot and dreadful writing.

If these had been real people you'd thank the sharks for doing the world a favour. Sadly they couldn't eat the film itself and save everyone that saw this some valuable time.

Not bad

It's not jaws, but it's not deep blue sea 2 either, it's been done before sure but so has every movie out there so I'm quite happy to watch an annual shark or animal movie.

The shark at least looks believable, the characters are annoying but I all honesty everyone in a group that isn't your own is annoying.

Surprisingly good actually...

Well, I have to admit that I was initially expecting the 2022 thriller "Shark Bait" (aka "Jetski") to be just another generic shark movie. But truth be told, I am a sucker for shark movies, so of course I had to watch what writer Nick Saltrese had to offer here.

"Shark Bait" started out a bit slow and seemed to be a rather generic shark movie. You know, the kind where a group of youngsters get a bit too precarious and go up against Mother Nature. And yeah, it was also true here to some extend, and the young people get marooned far out in the open sea, and then a shark enters the frame.

Writer Nick Saltrese actually managed to churn "Shark Bait" into more than just a run-of-the-mill shark movie. And by that I mean that it was actually an entertaining and enjoyable movie. Sure, the storyline here was generic to the core, not to mention predictable as well, and was essentially something that has been seen many, many times before in other shark movies. And yeah, it is one of those movies where the shark keeps stalking the protagonists and linger around for way longer than it should or would, just to get to chomp on the protagonists one by one. Makes zero sense, but it was entertaining.

I wasn't familiar with the cast ensemble that were in "Shark Bait", but they actually put on good enough performances here. Sure, "Shark Bait" is not Shakespearian storytelling, but you get my drift.

Visually then "Shark Bait" was actually good. Lots of blood and enough visceral gore to keep a seasoned gorehound such as myself happy. And as a shark movie, then having blood and believable effects is a must. And yeah, even the shark was realistic here, and that counts for a lot in these types of movies.

I was genuinely entertained by what director James Nunn delivered with "Shark Bait", and it is a shark movie that is well-worth sitting down to watch if you like shark movies.

My rating of "Shark Bait" lands on a six out of ten stars.

fun shark movie

I enjoyed this shark movie. Sure its not a classic like Jaws, but the story was alright, acting was decent, the action was good and it had blood and gore. Definitely worth a watch.

Unbiased Evaluation

Problem with a lot of reviews in my opinion is that they are using the same criteria for all films and often because expectations are misplaced. It would be unfair to evaluate this film based on the same criteria and expectation say one would of Avatar or Lord of the Rings, right?

That being said, this film is exactly as it advertised and served the function for which it has advertised which is a quick 1 and a half hour of shark carnage fun for you and your friends on a Friday night with popcorn and soda. That's what it is and that's what it did, for that it should be evaluated accordingly.

Comparing this film to Jaws is also misguided. One just assume because both films are about sharks, they're in the same genre. Jaws is much more in the drama genre, with a detailed story that covers a lot of character detail, morality, social construct, and the likes. They are completely different genre.

This film should be compared to films like The Shallows, Horizon Line, 47 Meters Down, etc... because they all serve as more of a quick thriller than a long dramatic story telling. And as such this film delivered what it promised.

  • Annoying young people? Check.


  • Stupid dumb decisions? Check.


  • Formulaic simple story? Check.


  • Total shark carnage? Check.


What more could you ask for? Turn off your head and just enjoy the fun. The CGI is actually fantastic in this one and I have to say it is far more gore than some others I've seen, which makes it a great fright fest.

Considering some very disappointing films of the same genre I've watched recently such as The Requin (2022), Great White (2021), Dark Tide (2012), etc... this one definite beat them all out and ranked up there with 47 Meters Down, The Shallow, etc... in which if you enjoy these kinds of film, this genre of casual thrillers with friends, this is a must see. You're going to have a lot of fun.

If you are going into this expecting it to be Avatar, then you're going to be disappointed. Great film, great acting, great CGI, great entertainment, no political crap, just fun fun fun.

8/10.

Shark airtime was less than 10mins total.

I like shark movies. The cgi for this shark was pretty good. It looked realistic. However for some reason the director decided on a lot of underwater looking up at flailing bodies. Shark kills were quick and gory. Failing bodies in the water were drawn out and boring. I forwarded a lot to get to the shark scenes. Would not recommend.

Even the shark needs acting classes

I'll always try a shark movie or an howler. But this one is irredeemable... a good 15 minutes into the movie you'll be rooting for any shark to finish all the cast.

Watchable

It's not a great film but compared to recent efforts it's not that bad either. The shark footage is acceptable, as is the acting, and the film moves along at a good pace. This isn't a film you would watch more than once, but it's still quite entertaining - I wasn't bored by it.

Super trashy fun

..ok, it's not great (white) ?? and it's not terrible either. English cast, shot in Malta for Mexico and passable Sunday afternoon entertainment. Of course, nothing new but tjeu spent their money well..

I actually enjoyed this movie

Of course there is only so much you can do with "shark movies" and I would imagine it's very difficult to come up with an original plot. However "Shark Bait" was an ok movie where at least the shark was believable and the actors and actresses were very good. I wasn't bored and was quite entertained by this movie.