Alright, I know what you’re gonna say: ‘This can’t possibly be a good movie’ and yes, you are right, it’s not.
Bait suffers from basically every single thing a low budget movie could suffer from, whether it’s the subpar special effects, the lackluster acting and the badly done post 3D conversion to rack in some extra bucks.
Never the less, being a huge Jaws nut, a shark movie always gets my blood pumping, and I was at least expecting some cheap thrills and tongue in cheek humor. Unfortunately, the movie takes itself way too seriously.
Starring a host of unknown actors with the exception of Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon, the movie does have some nice imagery to show.
Director Kimble Rendall who was a second unit director on movies such as The Matrix Trilogy and I, Robot, does know how to shoot a scene and it shows. Unfortunately, he has to work with a lot of ingredients that even Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t have made a proper movie out of.
The most noticeable of all flaws is the awful 3D that’s seen throughout the movie. This is a prime example of the fact that 3D is not here to stay and basically a glorified means to an end, that end being to make a larger profit for the studio’s. It adds absolutely nothing to the experience and the movie could gain half a star for just having the opportunity to watch in good old 2D.
The cast, well what can we say about them, all the cliched characters are there, the tough guy, the businessman, the hero with an obstacle to overcome, hot chicks for fishfood etc.
A movie with this premise should either rely on it’s actors or the setting to create some sort of tension, and this is probably the most obvious failure of Bait.
The CGI shark(s) who are roaming the waters are poorly done, it looks like something you’d find in an early 2000’s videogame with their shiny skin and dead eye stare. Their behaviour isnt even close to the real thing as well, which I found to be the most blatant error. Sharks do jump in open water, but in a shopping mall with hardly 10 feet of water it’s impossible, but I wont go down that route since the premise is ludicrous to start with.
All in all, It’s a shame this wasn’t better executed then it is now. A good cast and a lot less cliche’s along with not showing the shark a lot, would have made for a far better and more fun movie.
As it stands, Bait is indeed Bait….. for the 3 dollar bins in Wallmart.