Monday, 9 May 2016

Dolph Lundgren versus Shark Lake (2015)

Shark Lake Movie Poster

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Swimmers and land-lovers begin to become part of the food chain In a quiet town on Lake Tahoe.

After Legendary (2013) Dolph Lundgren returns to another creature features themed film in this slightly better than a Syfy feature thanks to some murky CGI. Lundgren with limited screen time plays a black-market exotic species dealer named Clint, I kid you not.

With a setting reminiscent of Lake Placid, there's plenty of fake blood, CGI and attacks in two feet of water. It warms up slightly in the last twenty minutes and as the water gets deeper, but don't go expecting Jaws or The Reef, as Dolph and company thump their way to survival. It's played straight and the actors do there best, notable is the young actress Lily Brooks O'Briant and Sara Malakul Lane as cop Meredith Hendricks.

To director Jerry Dugan's credit the fantastic location gives it some atmosphere and the night-time scenes hide much of the production's low budge short comings. With an air of seriousness it's better than the endless amount of CGI shark versus... fill in the blank, or spoofs doing the rounds. Its not good or memorable enough to achieve cult status, a lot of effort has gone into this but it's probably no coincidence they're hunting a Bullshark.

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