Shark Swarm: Maneater Series
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Oh, it kills the fish alright, but it messes with the food chain and creates a hungry swarm......A FRIGGIN' SHARK SWARM!!!! Now there's a buttload of sharks chomping down on everything they can get their fins on, including each other. Schneider and his woman, Daryl Hannah have got to turn the tide on this ravenous swarm(Ya like that "turn the tide" ocean-type pun?), and at the same time save their little town from becoming tacky.
This movie is an epic. Sort of. It's awfully damn long, longer than a movie like this should be(damn near 2 hours and 40 minutes!). But from my understanding it was a miniseries so that accounts for the ridiculous length. It's really not all that impressive. It's just interesting enough to keep you watching to the end, but that's about it. There are a bunch of pointless subplots, and good actors are used in very cookie cutter type roles, Assante and F. Murray Abraham especially(Abraham was almost downright pointless!). There are seemingly endless scenes of various people getting attacked by the sharks, at least one scene for every four that go by. This is kinda funny coz nobody seems to notice such a massive amount of people are missing!Read more ›
Some of the characters are laughable, and some of them are even kind of likable. Some of the acting is terrible, and some of it is at least okay. And for CG sharks, these aren't the worst out there.
And the lengthiness of it, I for one never found it slow. I never got bored. I don't know; it's definitely not Jaws. Just know that going in and you'll be alright.
***POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILERS***
The basic premise of "Shark Swarm" is yet another Hollywood warning about the dangers of trashing Mother Nature. Hamilton Lux (Assante) has been authorizing the dumping of toxic waste into the waters of Full Moon Bay for a long enough time to kill off the fishing industry and turn every shark in the area into an ultra-violent maneater. Daniel Wilder (Schneider), his wife (Hannah), and his brother set out to stop Lux from taking over their town in order to build his development of luxury condos. F. Murray Abraham plays Dr. Bill Girdler--the university professor who seems to spend a large chunk of the movie sitting at computers, tracking the shark swarms by satellite, and relaying their position to the movie's heroes.
O.K., the story is lame but it isn't any lamer than "Hammerhead Shark Attack", "It Lives", and similar fare. The acting is so-so. I have to admit I was rather surprised and saddened to see four actors--Hannah, Assante, Schneider, and Abraham--who used to be respectable actors choosing to be in this turkey. I guess money is money. The other actors are noticeably bad. The guy who plays Schneider's brother and his EPA girlfriend are terrible, as is the girl playing Schneider and Hannah's daughter. My husband and I both found the daughter particularly irritating, as her idea of acting was apparently to simper like an idiot in practically every scene.
Schneider's character was also hard to cheer on, as he came across as a hot-headed, arrogant jerk. I've always liked Armand Assante, but was saddened to see how much hair he has lost.Read more ›
Want to see lots of screen time with ex-"The Dukes of Hazard" actor John Schneider and "Splash" actress Daryl Hannah going back and forth with a villain-of-the-week lame-o played by Armand Assante? You've come to the right place.
Want to spend almost 3 hours watching a slowly paced melodrama whose only difference between it and daytime soap operas are its natural lighting and a different variety of sharks? Pop this baby in!
This turgid piece of cinematic excrement is long on "who cares?" drama and short on Jaws-style suspense. The sharks, mostly Great Whites, are only monstrous in our fears of them and what's on screen doesn't capitalize or expand on those fears. I'll admit that the acting is at times bordering on fine (but at other times is stiff and awkward) but people who see maneating shark movies aren't looking for an extensive dose of melodrama or meh scenes of sharks swimming through the waters creating large blood stains. They also don't want sharks that roar like lions, unless, of course, the shark in question is a crossbreed of an actual lion and a shark. And this movie doesn't even come close to a "so bad its good" movie. So, please, heed my warning and stay out of this one's waters.
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