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
The Reef was good movie to see right before I saw the Shallows... If u see the reef it serves a good independent movie putting u in the conflict of the story it's telling...Published 21 hours ago by Richard Criscuola
I liked it, overall. I just felt bad for those people through the whole movie.Published 4 days ago by Jeff
Realistic film-very slow in the beginning but very realistic and in my opinion great acting!Published 8 days ago by Wendolyn Florentino
A series of bad decisions resulting from emotional insecurity plagued the entire crew. The movie should have explored the nature of these poor section a bit more. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Krishna Murphy
This was better than I thought it would be. It ended up being more suspenseful than I thought and the actors do a good job making you not want them to get eaten!!Published 10 days ago by David Creighton
This is a good movie. I do have to wonder about wealthy people with a yacht sailing on the ocean. Why did they not have cell phones and a working two-way radio on board? Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
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