The Reef [Blu-ray]
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"The Reef" tells the story of four friends who are forced to abandon their overturned small yacht off the coast of North Queensland when the boat's keel is torn off by impact with rock or coral. There is little time for character development in the short time that elapses before tragedy strikes the travellers.
Fearing that the boat will be carried further out to sea by the current or sink, the four decide to swim to Turtle Island which is believed to be about ten miles away. On their long swim they are constantly stalked by one of the most fearsome predators in the sea - a Great White shark. The impact of the story is greatly enhanced by the refusal of the film makers to fall back on unrealistic CGI sharks. As they are repeatedly attacked by the Great White, the actors appear to be actually in the sea with a real shark. The cinematography, both above and below water, deserves the highest marks. Without giving the story away, it can be said that the film has some truly frightening moments, and the sense of unrelenting menace creates almost unbearable tension and raises this film well above "Open Water" on a scare factor rating.
The product of 15 million years of evolution, the Great White is probably the most intelligent shark in the sea, and noted for its ability to lift its head out of the water to appraise its prey or those who are hunting it, as was seen in "Jaws". Attack images of the outthrust jaws of Great White sharks are truly nightmarish and the film makers have not erred in placing this monster close to Turtle Island which is located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great White has been known to range much further north along the Great Barrier Reef.
I think that these facts add to the tension. And tension is what this movie gives you over and over.
I will not spoil the fun but the basic plot takes 4 aussies out on a chartered boat together in search of a deserted island. They find it without any problem but within about 20 minutes of the film the subject matter takes a turn. The boat they are on hits a Reef in the middle of the night turning a nice trip into a fight for survival. Being in a remote area with no planes flying over is a recipe for disaster. Some 12 miles away from the island they just visited (perhaps the size of a gymnasium) they find themselves in the water with no supplies (all washed into the ocean). They climb on top of the far too damaged bottom of the boat and plan their next step.Read more ›
The Reef is one of those movies that is scary not because it's well constructed (although it's put together well) and not because it uses music to maximum effect (although that's not bad, either). No, The Reef is scary because it drops you into a situation that, even in the hands of Ed Wood or Uwe Boll, would make you crap your pants on a Sunday in the middle of a rainstorm. It's pretty hard to screw up throwing sane, competent adults into the middle of the ocean with mindless eating machines.
The Reef is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen in 1080p resolution. This is a very good looking image that has sharp colors and a very crisp picture. Much of the film takes place outdoors on the open sea and the bright blues of both the open ocean and the clear skies make for a vibrant, often brightly lit picture. No noticeable defects can be seen during the film's runtime. Overall Image Entertainment has done a very fine job with this transfer.
The soundtrack is presented in 5.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
REEF is like OPEN WATER....seems companies will use any adjective to keep churning out shark movies. REEF is worthy of sitting through(you could do far worse).... Read morePublished 2 days ago by James M. Hawk
this is not a cheesy horror film. its very well done and very realistic.Published 1 month ago by Pat Walsh
I found it was a rather lousy movie a combination of both Open Water and Jaws throwing it all together to try and make a great shark movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mystery
Great movie, very realistic, hardly any computer generated scenes. You can really feel the terror and fear!!!Published 2 months ago by storm
returned it did not play on my player it was the wrong regien codePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are way too many shark attack movies. The theme has become so tread-worn that now the only thing that catches public attention are intentionally cheesy productions like... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lindsay
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