Sharks in Venice 2008 NR

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Traveling to Venice to investigate the mysterious death of his father, David (Stephen Baldwin), a famous archaeologist and diver, unearths a killer secret that lies beneath the Venetian waters.

Starring:
Stephen Baldwin, Vanessa Johansson
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Sharks in Venice

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Genres Horror
Director Danny Lerner
Starring Stephen Baldwin, Vanessa Johansson
Supporting actors Hilda van der Meulen, Giacomo Gonnella, Ivaylo Geraskov, Atanas Srebrev, Kaloian Vodenicharov, Bashar Rahal, Vladimir Kolev, Michael McCoy, Assen Blatechki, Rolando Cadenas, Ivo Kehayov
Studio First Look
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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If you like so bad they're good shark movies this is for you.
Aimee DeMuth
Turns out the hero needed to ditch the vase and get him a floor lamp to take that dude out.
trashcanman
Never Got The Movie So I Don't Know How It Was, Maybe It Was Good Or Maybe It Was Bad.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. Ryan on February 16, 2009
Format: DVD
The 40s had Casablanca.
The 50s had On the Waterfront.
The 60s had Bonnie and Clyde.
The 70s had The Godfather I and II.
The 80s had Raging Bull.
The 90s had The Shawhshank Redemption.

As we now edge deeper into this decade, we have been presented with many great films. "The Departed," "No Country for Old Men," "Gangs of New York," and "Crash" are a few that come to mind. What has been missing, however, is that one epic film. The film that people will remember when they look back 20-30 years from now. The film that defines its generation. The film that defines its times. Our wait is over. That film has arrived. And it comes to us from Venice. And it has been delivered to us by sharks. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, "Sharks in Venice."

Just as Mickey Rourke did in "The Wrestler," Stephen Baldwin seems to have revived his career with his Oscar worthy role as David Franks. After starring along side Pauly Shore in the critically acclaimed film, "Bio-Dome," critics everywhere were wondering; Is there any limit to his potential as an actor? Are we on the verge of a new James Stewart or Robert DeNiro?... Sadly, that potential was not realized as many had hoped an expected. With this role however, we see that flash of greatness that could have been.

Baldwin stars as David Franks, a college professor who heads to Venice, Italy after hearing word of his fathers death in what appears to be a tragic diving accident in the waters of Venice. As he quickly realizes however, this "accident" is no accident at all--at least not from the shark's perspective.

With a film as deeply layered as this, with heavy usage of symbolism, metaphors (the sharks clearly being a metaphor for the current economic recession that is `biting' away at U.S.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By trashcanman VINE VOICE on January 30, 2009
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Ah, Venice. The gem of Europe with it's swimming pool colored water, incompetent police force, and English-speaking citizenry who occasionally string together a many as two or even three simple Italian words together just so you know you're in Italy. And how could one forget the roaring man-eating great white sharks patrolling the surface in broad daylight that nobody ever sees and ignores even when they tear through a gondola or two and then spend two minutes chomping at minuscule floating bits of bait while one wonders where the rest of the person they are supposedly eating is. Either way, the populace simply report these people as missing and the police do their best to assure everybody that it was just a boating accident even when there is no evidence of a boating accident aside from the occasional gnawed torso floating around. Because they wouldn't want tourism to go down, see? Personally, I'd go to Venice right the hell now if there was a chance I'd see a great white shark eat a dude. Now what's REALLY scary is all of those boating accidents. Good God, what was I thinking when I rented this? Oh, right: "best DVD cover EVER!"

Friends I have a weakness. My favorite film of all time is Jaws. Sharks have been my favorite of God's creatures for as long as I can remember and I long to see movies made about them. Especially movies where they are eating the holy hell out of people. Stupid humans think they're so smart... I even liked Deep Blue Sea. A lot. Yes, seriously. So I have an illness, you see.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Piantini on February 17, 2009
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This was hilariously awful. It was so bad that at one point you clearly see Stephen Baldwin's leg floating in the water after being bitten off by (I assume) the shark, and in the next scene, he walks out of the hospital without a mark on him. Not only that but his expression never changed through the entire movie -- not once. Not when he got bitten, not when his wife was kidnapped, not when his father died -- throughout the entire thing he looked like a guy trying to wake up from an Ambien hangover who is also slightly constipated.
I laughed through the whole thing. Definitely worth renting but next time every time something completely implausible happens, I'm taking a shot of Maker's Mark. I'll be good and trashed in the first half hour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE 'Older Than Dirt' Time Traveller TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 25, 2014
Format: DVD
Well, it's got one of the Baldwin brothers in it, and plenty of film-stock-footage of sharks. The scenery is great,
and the action is adequate. It's a B-film complete with everything but your drink of choice... and popcorn. I'm
a fan of sci-fi movies of the week. Order this, and PRE-order SHARKNADO 2!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pork_Chop_Express on October 2, 2014
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Terribly amazing! You have to love Stephen Baldwin. It's like they crammed 5 B movie plots and smashed them into one. The story bounces around, but if you're looking for a laugh and something to watch with a hangover on Sundays, this is your flick.
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Filmmakers obviously disagree, since they keep putting him in these kind of roles, but Stephen Baldwin just isn't action hero material, particularly at this stage of his career, when the pudgy actor seems to struggle when doing stunts or fights.

Baldwin is archeologist David Franks, in Sharks In Venice (2009), a dopey, poorly written, and disjointed adventure, involving sharks, crime, and an ancient hidden treasure. The actor mostly sleepwalks through the rather dull proceedings, as his character, a college professor, journeys to Venice, upon learning that his father has disappeared while diving underwater. Also along is his girlfriend Laura (Vanessa Johnson). With the assistance of police Lt. Sofia Totti (Hilda van der Meulen), Franks looks into his father's case, and finds evidence that sharks may have been involved in the deaths of others in the diving party.

The police regard the shark theory as preposterous (the fools!), and Franks follows in his father's wake, taking the plunge below the Venetian waters. He manages to survive a shark encounter, and also discovers an entrance to a hidden cavern, which is loaded with the hidden riches of the Medici. Unfortunately the Mafia is also looking for the treasure, and Laura is kidnapped to try and force Franks to reveal its location.

With a gutterball story and terrible dialog, Sharks In Venice is a disaster that entertains because it is so bad. The editing is also awful, with incongruent scenes often stitched together, and the fight scenes are poorly executed. The special effects and editing involved in the shark attack scenes, are completely lame and ridiculous, adding more comedy than excitement. The whole shark storyline is a joke, as Franks miraculously survives multiple attacks with all limbs intact.
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