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The Reef
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)

1. Boy fish meets girl fish
2. Bigger boy fish has his lateral eyes on the same girl fish
3. Boy fishes compete to win girl fish's fin in marriage
4. You already know how this is going to end

You'll get a strong feeling of déjà vu when watching this movie. Not only are the underwater locations familiar, especially the reef, the ocean current and the shipwreck, but the characters also, like the shark, the turtle, the jellyfish, the shrimp, the pelican, the starfish and the "henchmen". There's even a bit of "The Karate Kid" in there when a wise old ninja turtle helps out the underdogfish.

You'll also find that the majority of the scenes have been done before in other movies, and better. Taken on its own it's an average kids' movie, but the "borrowing" is so blatant that it's impossible to classify it as an original movie.

You've seen most of this before in Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid and Shark Tale, so no need to waste money on this one. Let the kids catch it on cable if they want to.

Amanda Richards, March 22, 2008
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2008
Format: DVD
The was the first film which made my 2 year-old cry. At the begining of the film you meet the parents in the sludge of Boston, talking about moving to the reef. Then the net comes and gets all of them, mother, father, and child. The child escapes but the mother and father are dragged away in the net leaving the child crying "mom, dad..." and then he is sad for for a while while traveling to the reef with a bunch of porpoises. Seeing the parents carried off was too visual with crying out over and over, and didn't have to be part of the film at all. How about the parent decide to move and they all go there? It wouldn't have changed the rest off the movie at all. My 12 year-old, husband, and I didn't like that they had to put this strife in and it, and in a really upsetting way. It didn't seem to fit with the rest of the film other than traveling with the porpoises but they all could have traveled with the porpoises. Later having it said that, your parents are sushi now kid, didn't help with me liking this film. Luckily this is way over most kids heads

This was not done as well as "Shark Tale" animation wise or story wise. It cannot even be compared to "Finding Nemo". The story after the parents demise was OK, and just that. Predictable but children may like it. Parent won't.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2009
Format: DVD
Got this under 10$ and im glad i bought it. Some reviewers hate it cause
it looks like other movies. Ive seen all other movies like Shark's take and
nemo...but when you like a movie, you want to see more of it...so this
movie is like a extension of other movies that i like... Cant lose with
this deal.
Anyway i enjoyed the reef, and cant wait for more computer animated movies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 13, 2012
Format: DVD
A very good argument could be made that of all the genres of computer generated feature film, none are as popular as the underwater/ talking fish angle. Sure you've heard of Finding Nemo and maybe Shark Tale but what about Dolphin the Story of a Dreamer, Legend of the Sea, Sea Level, A Turtle Tale: Sammy's Adventure or this, The Reef? I can't say I've made it through all of the "Grade B" underwater titles mentioned above, I can safely state that The Reef may be the strongest of the lot and contrary to common belief, not just because the others are so bad.

For starters The Reef isn't your average second-rate CG feature right from the get-go just in the fact that it is an original American film (co-produced by South Korean animators) rather than the much more common (and annoying) trend of importing a foreign CG film and slapping a hackneyed English script atop the mismatched mouth flaps.

Additionally, The Reef is unique in that though it was designed right from the get-go for an American release, it never made the big-screen rounds; instead arriving as a direct-to-dvd piece back in 2007. Obviously this tells us not to expect inflated budget Pixar magic right out of the gate, but even with a modest bankroll and limited distribution, The Reef manages to succeed on many levels.

The story certainly won't dazzle in terms of originality, but it's decent enough to carry the film: Pi (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), lives happily with his parents in the heavily polluted waters of Boston Harbor, until a boat harvests many of the area fish in a net. Pi's parents manage to help him escape the net, but cannot themselves get free. Orphaned, Pi is then taken in by some kindhearted porpoises and escorted to the distant reef where he is to stay with his aunt Pearl (Fran Drescher) and cousin Dylan (Andy Dick).

With a much richer color pallet and rapid decrease in pollution, Pi's new home looks like the type of place for a fish to kick back until Cordelia (Evan Rachel Wood) comes into the picture. A model with her eye on the Pi, things could be reef-tastic for these two fishies if not for Troy (Donal Logue), a slightly unstable tiger shark who not only gets his kicks tormenting everyone on the reef, but is also scheming on Cordelia himself.

Fortunately Pi learns about Nerissa (Rob Schneider), a reclusive wise old turtle who dwells in the wreck of an old pirate ship. Under Nerissa's tutelage, Pi hopes to win over Cordelia without becoming shark bait in the process.

So while this certainly feels like "been there, done that" territory, The Reef is surprisingly solid thanks to a script laced with humor and just enough cleverness to appeal to the adults while the little-ones clamor to the bright colors and crisp visuals. The cast, which on paper looks like a virtual train wreck (I mean Andy Dick and Fran Drescher in the same film... with Freddie Prinze Jr in the lead? Eeks!), manages to bring a surprisingly enjoyable flavor to the formula. Prinze delivers his least monotone repertoire to date and Donal Logue brings a wonderful bully to the character of Troy with hints of early Travolta thrown in for good measure. A perfectly cast John Rhys-Davies handles both narration duty as well as brings his A-game to the role of the tale-telling walrus Thorton and the character's name eludes me now but the simple-minded eel lackey of Troy's who comes off as a subdued Christopher Walken is especially memorable.

I have noticed many critics slam The Reef for its lack of originality and there is some validity to such concerns but to my way of thinking, treading proven ground is far more forgivable than creating an original film that stinks of its own volition (watch Dolphin the Story of a Dreamer for more on this phenomenon).

In closing my research for this review has revealed Weinstein Company's plans of releasing a sequel to this film for 2012 (The Reef 2: High Tide)- proof that occasionally films with more heart than budget get recognized for what they are.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2011
Format: DVD
This move was a present for my 3 year old, and to be honest, he likes it. However, I would recommend that no one else waste any money on this piece of garbage. The animation is awful, the story is horrible, and the acting is terrible. There are many other good movies out there worth spending your money on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2009
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I mpurchased this video for my grandkids ages 8 mon to 3 years. They watch the movie over and over. A great buy.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2008
Format: DVD
We bought this dvd for our 3 year old and he dearly loves it. It even held our attention. Given the choice of watching Finding Nemo or The Reef, he gladly chooses the Reef. This is a prime example just because a movie is heavily advertised doesn't mean it's a good one. We never saw any ads for the Reef but are so glad we came across it in the store!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
Format: DVD
We bought this out of the $5 bin at walmart and didnt expect much. It was so much better than expected! I would say just as entertaining as all the other animated movies out there,,, well worth the $6-$8 it cost
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant VideoVerified Purchase
Kids love these animated movies. This one also carries a strong environmental message that the kids responded to (saving our waters). Well done and enjoyable to watch.
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on April 9, 2014
Format: DVD
The first time I saw this movie I watched for a few minutes because my little sister was watching and I thought "Nemo ripoff" and left. However after thinking about it for a long while I finally decided to give it a try. I was expecting this to be bad but I actually found myself enjoying it. Yeah the graphics aren't the best and sure there are a few scenes that are pretty similar to Finding Nemo but other than that this movie isn't half bad and I like it. In fact I'd say I probably like it more than Finding Nemo which I like but am not a big fan of. Overrall I give it 4 stars, a few minor nit picks here and there, some of the characters are annoying but I like all of the main characters especially Troy and Pi, and the cast has some recognizable names. Good movie, watch it with an open mind, ignore what the critics say and give it a try because it's not as bad as it may look, it proved me wrong.
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