Shark Night 3D (2011) - Horror, Thriller

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A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to shark attacks.

Director: David R. Ellis
Stars: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 42 out of 140 found boring (30%)

One-line Reviews (117)

PROS: Entertaining (for viewers with a respect for "B" movies).

I expected something along the lines of Piranha which was stupid but surprisingly entertaining, what I got was nothing.

If you manage to stay awake and can get through the end of the credits, you'll find a fairly amusing rap video featuring the cast.

It had no story to it.

Unlike most of todays cliché horror films, this movie didn't have much nudity in it (that doesn't mean there isn't any nudity at all, though).

Basically, "Shark Night 3-D" amounts to a complicated but predictable revenge thriller with nothing to recommend it.

One major weakness to the plot was how predictable the series of events was.

A cliché horror flick .

Judging from the movie's poster, which features a terrified young woman in a bikini being pursued by a massive shark, I'm guessing that Shark Night 3D was rushed into production to cash in on the success of the recent Piranha movies, which proved surprisingly entertaining thanks to an excess of nudity and gore.

First of all we start out with the boring usual cocky college kids with the world in the palm if their hands, then we move onto the usual band of country bumpkins that never got over their first crush.

Imagine sharks mating with characterless college youths and giving birth to atrocious CGI monstrosities and involve them in a story that has the stupidity and boredom level of watching a Brexit debate.

Don't waste your money.

Very predictable, no surprises.

But I was ready to leave the horribleness from the start of the movie.

The explanation is grotesque and slightly preposterous, but most definitely entertaining.

And this was all played out in every predictable way possible (including the revelation of who put the sharks in the water, the shark jumping out of the water to get the guy on the jet ski, and the idiotic last shot of a shark jumping out of the water in the end).

" While far from great, Shark Night is at least an entertaining flick, worth the watch once or twice.

But then as soon as the first downright absurd scene comes, it just becomes more and more and more cartoonish (and predictable) by the minute.

Unfortunately the most joy I felt last night was walking up to the counter and exclaiming 'Two for Shark Night please', because everything after was at best bland and often atrocious.

I went into this movie thinking I was going to be bored to death.

The characters are stereotypical and I didn't care for any of them by the end, the direction is unfocused pretty much throughout and the acting apart from Paxton was either overplayed or bland.

Every character is dull and hollow and the stale acting doesn't help.

Of course there are many films on sharks, and in my mind only very few have actually been enjoyable (Jaws, Jaws 2, and if there has to be a third I would go with Deep Blue Sea).

Let me be perfectly straightforward, the film was hardly creative to this point, but the sudden dip in quality from this point on is simply breathtaking.

It's a shame that they put all this great equipment and technology to shoot such an old cliché.

Worse yet, the heavy-handed script by Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg not only relates a silly story that becomes more increasingly ludicrous as it unfolds, but also gets bogged down in tiresome melodrama and presents an array of cardboard characters who are impossible for the viewer to care about.

This movie is completely predictable from start to finish.

After watching Shark Night, I was totally disgusted - NO character development, NO story, NO deep and meaningful inner message designed to enrich the soul and really make you think.

There is no frontal nudity for the record, and no scenes of any body part getting bitten of, just bikinis and blood in equally small measure (though in this regard, as little of the former is definitely more exciting than the latter).

They were cliché even for clichés.

The story is pretty childish, predictable and campy.

But on the plus side, it's the good kind of bad movie - it's entertaining, fast-paced, and gleefully scary, even though it's held back by its tame PG-13 rating.

Same old story, technically flawed and poor, predictable plots .

Suffering from lazy execution, this film is not only depraved of its blood and gory fun and solid written characters, but it completely empty of any sort of suspense.

I admit that made me jump, besides that the 3D was pointless.

Chris Carmack is scary with his psychotic behavior but the film is dull, ridiculous and the special effects are very poor.

The film is too serious to be enjoyable, and fails to deliver in almost every respect.

After the first attack sequence, which starts with a predictable twist and then becomes a practical shot-for-shot knock-off from the all-more-effective opening scene in "Jaws," the only thing that ran through my mind was wondering how long it would be before Steven Spielberg and Universal decided to pitch out a lawsuit for copyright infringement.

Sure we get the typical horror movie wise ass quips sprinkled here and there, and some rather intriguing reasoning as to why the attacks are occurring.

If Your looking for a serious and unpredictable horror film, then this isn't it.


Save your money for the remake of The Thing coming out soon!

So if you're in the mood for half-naked college students, some suspense and blood and a movie with a predictable plot, Shark Night 3D is the movie for you!

Okay this movie is very predictable.

How cliché in a horror movie.

It's PG-13, it's loaded from beginning to end with grating pop/R&B songs, its 3D looks like crap, and the characters are so cookie cutter boring that you won't care who lives or who dies.

To summarise, viewers searching for an adrenaline boost and a buddy movie..this should get the brain stimulated for the next hour and a half.

It was a mistake for this to be a PG-13 horror film, when clearly, it could've been a very bloody, very thrilling piece of new-horror.

Piranha 3D was over the top; it was tongue in cheek movie; it was fun, gory and entertaining - Shark Night 3D doesn't come close to anything.

This movie is far from perfect but is still one of the year's more entertaining films.

This is a pretty good for a Saturday night or Friday night when you're home alone and bored and want something that is light and not gory like Piranha was because there wasn't allot of blood.

They were clearly shot with the format in mind, and look absolutely stunning even with a fake shark in the background.

A waste of my time.

We can easily see that this was the idea by the speed-up effects during the necessary but uninteresting setting of a few teens having some fun at the lake.

Though the lack of explicit gore and nudity does mean that this is less tongue-in-cheek fun than last year's Dimension gnasher (which coincidentally is getting a sequel called 'Piranha 3DD'), Ellis compensates with tenser and more coherent plotting- and the result is a solid, well-made B-movie that offers enough trashy thrills for those looking for some adrenaline fix.

the next time you want to waste $28 million dollars get in touch with me and I will make it worth yours and everyone's time!!


You know in life when someone requires immediate medical attention it makes sense for everyone to take their time and have pointless conversations.

The dialogue is cheesy in an eye rolling sense and the story is the personification of dumb especially in the final third where the film completely falls apart in its credibility and did I mention how contrived it was.

While better in the production department compared to DTV films the whole film sinks of yesterdays fish which is odd considering its is the same director of entertaining The Final Destination (2009) and Cellular (2004) to name a few.

For instance the central characters are a bunch of college graduates in their early to mid 20's so obviously this film was aimed at teenagers instead of fans of killer shark films, in one way its not a bad thing in the other many people are not going to want to see a kids movie they would want to see a suspense packed, fast pace and very intense shark movie and like I said SHARK NIGHT is not that movie.

The ending was so predictable; I knew the shark was going to jump out of the water.

Meanwhile you get some enjoyable chills and thrills as the sharks jump out of the screen to seemingly lunge at you due to 3D effects.....

When the audience finally says "no I won't watch this tasteless, senseless waste of talent and money," perhaps they will stop making it.

The shoots are absolutely predictable.

But Shark Night is still pretty entertaining.

This was a total waste of about an hour and a half of my life.

That was, of course, the original film, not the remake, which made it onto my list of the worst movies of 2010.

But to say that Shark Night is enjoyable is never going to happen.

Despite their best intentions, a majority of the scenes in this movie amounted to nothing more than a predictable sequence of chases, pointless swimming, and eventually scream filled death that is classic of a Scy-Fy original movie.

This movie has a very predictable plot and very little character development even on the main characters which doesn't make you feel anything when a character dies.

It Would Probably Be More Entertaining to Get Eaten by a Real Shark .

Terrible but lightly entertaining .

While it's not comedy gold, it's certainly more entertaining than 95% of the movie it's promoting.

Don't waste your money!

Happy because this lame film was over and frustrated because I then realised that watching this film was an utter waste of time.

In conclusion, Shark Night 3D is a tedious, predictable and atrocious "horror" film in which I unfortunately wasted my time and my money.

The underwater sequences do look stunning.

=/ On top of that, the dialogue is tiresome.

now I'm in the middle of seeing this weak movie , It was such boring one that I prefer , let it go & come here to say don't watch this movie , all the shark scenes are unbelievable .

The stereotypes and cheep "scares" are so bland that you cringe just sitting through them.

The movie had a few slow scenes needed to establish relationships and character.

He's the most entertaining part of this movie.

And both my girlfriend and I enjoyed it WHILE we were watching it.

But the writing and directing of "Shark Night" (which by the way, mostly takes place under a bright sunny sky) is so bland, so unenthusiastic, so absent-minded that it left me looking at my watch after about twenty minutes.

Actually its only slightly more entertaining than the boring "Piranha 3D".

Add to this a ridiculous third act twist that makes little sense (seriously, watch the movie and tell me how it is even POSSIBLE for the redneck hillbillies to do what they did) and some of the most implausible events I've ever seen in a movie and you've got one of the worst movies of the year.

Please don't waste your time or money on this.

This lacks any even mild shock or surprise value nor anything convincing, realistic-looking or genuinely horrific considering how predictable every step of the film is.

Shark Night seems to take itself more seriously than it really should be, it's bad, boring, a terrible edition, bad direction, horrific special effects, ''special'' performances and such a crude script, and above all, it's fed up with cliches.

Also, the lead Sara Paxton is good, the only actress who connects with her character and the only engaging character.

Overall, the 13 rate made it an uninteresting horror flick for the buffs.

Ellis, a stuntman-turned-director who took his own life recently, also handled the similarly disappointing SNAKES ON A PLANE and CELLULAR; his most entertaining films were his entries in the FINAL DESTINATION franchise.

Don't waste your money going to see this, or even renting it on DVD, three months from now.

In conclusion, dumb, contrived, badly acted, cheesy, stereotypical, with badly done sharks and a complete suspense lack of suspense and fun.

The problem with this movie is the fact that it seems to treat itself like a serious or quality movie, when it's not at all, I was waiting for something that was funny and entertaining because of its ridicule.

This movie was predictable and not worth $7.50! It never even showed the shark actually killing anyone!

Rather than go down the great slow buildup route with the shark like the movie "Jaws".

Shark Night 3D is a movie that is enjoyable to watch if you can take it with a grain of salt.

However, it soon becomes apparent that, in order to gain a 15 certificate (PG13 in the states) and thereby increase its potential audience, this one is missing all the 'good stuff' that made the Piranha films so entertaining.

very scary, very thrilling and very jumpy.

Showing off your richness is so boring, and undermining.

I don't want there to be spoilers in this review so I won't go into any specifics, but I will say that it tries to be suspenseful and scary and while being super ludicrous.

Some of these lowlights include such things as sharks flying out of the water, sharks swimming just as fast as jet-skis, some bizarrely contrived plot involving a scorned love affair from years ago, the idea that people would pay some hillbillies to watch sharks eat people live on camera in a lake and a truly beyond-hilarious scene in which a one-armed man (whose limb has only just been bitten off in a previous scene) wades out waist-deep into a lake to goad a shark with a cattle-prod: a scene that would have been met with derisory parody way back in the 30s/40s when Tarzan was still wrestling with rubber crocodiles.


Even the most eventful, exciting, and thrilling scenes in Shark Night 3D aren't done properly thanks to poorly executed CGI, pitiful acting, a lack of logic, and not to mention, the biggest problem of all, the film's rating.

So the idea of sharks jumping out at me in 3D was intriguing and I had to go on opening weekend.

I watched this film a couple of months ago and I actually found it to be quite entertaining.

I enjoyed it as a great fun popcorn movie.

This is a movie that has potential to be a commentary on reality television with its "Rednecks use sharks to make a bloody web show" sub-plot, but instead it just becomes a morass of bad stereotypes and tiresome torture-horror tropes.

Final Destination 2 was an excellent horror film, whose combination of suspense, gore and narrative ingenuity made it hugely entertaining.

Shark Night has no form of sex, no form of really over the top bloody blood, it's just empty.

Only when a B-movie becomes so incredibly empty and devoid of joy do I start nitpicking on things I might otherwise overlook until after the credits have rolled.

The performances are low key, the script borderlines in the ridiculous, and the story is really predictable, but in the mist of all the disaster I found myself having an enjoyable experience.

The script is horrific and the plot is ho-hum but more importantly, takes way too long to get going.

If there is a tragedy in this film, it may well be the destruction of a speedboat,Think Piranha, which was only held up by good acting and a good budget, and the few college kids off for a weekend at a lake, then throw into the mix, bad acting, a very weak plot, a storyline which desperately tried to find something more than a shark attack to make it even slightly entertaining, and you have shark night, possibly the biggest turd to have been excreted by Hollywood in recent years.

The movie's far more interested in ogling at the hindquarters and torsos of partially-naked models-turned-'actors' than it is in developing plausible attack scenarios or engaging the audience in the way only a good B-movie can.