Shark Night is a 2011 horror film directed by Snakes on a Planes director David R. Ellis. As one might imagine, it follows a group of hot twenty-something college students who go to a lake house for a vacation. However, trouble ensues when they learn they are sharing the lake with a group of ravenous sharks.
Shark Night will probably bring to mind the previous year's Piranha 3D (Skip it, it sucks) in the way that the premises are pretty much the same, other than changing the title creatures. However, where's Piranha's overly silly and stupid tone was that film's downfall, Shark Night finds it's downfall in it's overly serious tone. The movie is a real joyless one. There is very little in the way of humor or creativity in the premise, which should be ripe for some silly fun. Often times, the film is just on the cusp of falling into the "Torture Porn" genre of movies made famous by the Saw series. Scenes in which characters, namely Katharine McPhee, get horribly tormented by the film's villains (Disappointingly not the sharks) are overly long, creepy and just uncomfortable to watch. The only reason it falls short of being called torture porn is because of it's clearly watered-down PG-13 rating, meaning the gore is kept to a minimum at best.
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The cast of the film, again mainly McPhee and lead Sara Paxton, are at the very least entertaining and do a fine with the schlock they are given. The only real awful acting is provided by Joshua Leonard, who plays the niche redneck racist creep we are all meant to hate. And we do hate him. Though, it's mainly do to the incredibly obvious job Leonard does rather than any real resemblance of effective writing.
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