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Top Critic Reviews
Fresh: This likable trash occasionally outsmarts more moneyed Hollywood fish features.
- Guy Lodge, Variety, Monday, September 17, 2012
Rotten: Rendall and screenwriters Russell Mulcahy and John Kim forget that in between bursts of tart, blood-drenched mayhem, there's a saggy, dumb chamber drama that's completely bland and under-seasoned.
- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, September 13, 2012
Rotten: It] has many flaws, the foremost among these is the inability to indicate whether we're supposed to consider the savage behavior brought on by its crises as ambiguous or unassailably good.
- Simon Abrams, Village Voice, Monday, September 17, 2012
As far as shark film goes, Bait is nothing new or refreshing, and it presents a clichd, predictable formula. The film is mediocre, but somewhat entertaining. However don't expect anything good here as this film is basically pretty cheesy, and relies on a poor cast of actors. The idea seemed really good, and it's a shame that the film has some potential, but the filmmakers can't seem to craft a good horror yarn. The film has some poorly written dialogue that is cringe worthy and instead of being something totally new and exciting, it simply relies on genre predictability to create its tension, thus you become less interested in the film, The blood effects are good, but the shark effects lack and look absolutely fake. You can tell that this is a low-budget affair, and maybe the concept may have looked good on paper, but on film the result is less impressive. This had some good ideas going for it, but due to a lacking script, and poor cast, it fails to be memorable. Bait is a disappointing creature feature that is void of genuine tension and effective thrills. Instead, it dumb down everything and there is really no pay off in the end for this flick that could have been so much more if the cast would have been better and in the end this is lazy, unimpressive filmmaking that is among the most disappointing horror features this year. As a whole, this is a forgettable flick that isn't worth your time, or unless you're having a bad movie night with friends, check it out. Otherwise pass up on this.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, October 14, 2012
A supermarket hold-up is interrupted by a tidal wave which submerges the store. Throw a great white shark into the mix and this should be a winning formula. The film takes itself far too seriously for such an outrageous premise and the awful CG effects fall well short of the film-maker's lofty ambitions. Released in 3D in Australia but straight to video in most markets, it's a slightly more professional alternative to a SyFy original.
- moviewaffle, Sunday, September 30, 2012
Jeez, I hadn't seen something this bad in a while... and can't quite remember which twat of my friends recomended me this to hurt him somehow as payback :D These characters are beyond belief. Wow, what a bunch of... I dunno what to call them really. Their interactions and personal dramas are so awful and with such bloody bad dialogues, I can't quite conceive any real motivations going on. The CGI is atrocious but at least it's gory enough to be mildly entertaining. The whole concept even on itself is so far-fatched, I honestly believed at first that this could be a goofy comedy (which would've worked much much better). A tsunami hits a coastal city in Australia, those morons get stuck on a shopping mall and white sharks get in there to hunt them (I guess). As these things go, conflicts among such exotic cast of characters occurr, but you can witness more bitch slapness on a kindergarten than here. Then, one moron does some moronic thing to get picked of, one at a time, then it ends. Yep.
- piranhaa72, Sunday, October 14, 2012