Thanks to Paramount Pictures Australia, we had the chance to see Kimble Rendall’s Bait 3D before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
Bait 3D is the story of a group of people trapped inside a Supermarket with two hungry Great White Sharks after a Tsunami hits the coast of Queensland, flooding the entire state. Action also takes place in a car park where a young couple is locked inside a BWM under-water while a supermarket worker is trying to help them, alongside chaos on the main floor where survivors (including thieves) are to stay above shelf stocks to avoid being easy prey.
The Australian cast of the film includes Lincoln Lewis, Xavier Samuel, Phoebe Tonkin, Sharni Vinson, Julian McMahon, Alex Russell and Cariba Heine plus Singaporean actors Adrian Pang and Yuwu Qi. Their performances are passable and you can tell they’re having fun, despite some cheesy and predictable lines, as it’s great to see young Australian faces on screen even if their sole purpose are to feed the Great Whites. Moreover, as in every horror film, you already know which character will be the victim from the start because there are so many stereotypes, such as an annoying boss, a cool dude, a classic bimbo,a villain turned hero, a brave nerd, and some annoying dogs, just to name a few.
But what really surprised us is that despite the dominant Australian cast, there is only one character speaking true Australian accent (ironically, he is the most annoying character in the film with the worst lines yet *Spoiler Alert* he also spoke the best “final words”).
The special effects are fantastic, especially the animatronics Sharks and the fact that not all scenes are done through CGI keeps it real, especially in close-ups (The tsunami scene also looks great but is a little too short for our personal taste) Furthermore, the 3D is marvelous in Shark attack moments and underwater scenes with bubbles and jelly fish but we still find it quite unnecessary for non-animated films.
The plot behind Bait 3D is simple – ‘Sharks in a Supermarket’, just like Snakes on a Plane or Piranha 3D, which quickly became cult films. It targets horror film fans which probably won’t scare you but make you laugh at some characters even if they are dying or pretending to be serious. Moreover, as the director told us in an interview, it’s not a film to be seen alone in a small cinema but an experience to be shared with your mates on large screens.
So whether if you laugh at the cheesy scenes; scream when the Shark attacks its prey or simply want to see the first Australian film in 3D, one thing is for sure – Bait 3D is a fun and risky experiment which will hopefully open our film industry to the world and to explore new genres.
Bait 3D will bite you in cinemas on 20 September 2012