1 hour, 25 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for violence and terror, disturbing images, sexual references, partial nudity, language and thematic material.
Added DVD Features: Shark Attack! Kill Machine! Ellis' Island; ; Closed Caption.
Sara Paxton ...
Dustin Milligan ...
Chris Carmack ...
Katharine McPhee ...
Chris Zylka ...
Alyssa Diaz ...
Joel David Moore ...
Sinqua Walls ...
Donal Logue ...
Joshua Leonard ...
Arriving by boat at her family's isolated estate in the Louisiana bayou, Sara (Sara Paxton)
the petite blonde hostess is a psych major and her friends who are all students at Tulane University are hoping to have a weekend of swimming and
sailing. They all quickly strip down to their swimsuits...
for a weekend of fun in the sun. Sara’s lusted after by
studious pre-med geek Nick (Dustin Milligan). His friends include
football star Malik (Sinqua Walls), whom Nick’s been tutoring, and his
girlfriend Maya (Alyssa Diaz), as well as Nick’s motormouth roommate
Gordon (Joel David Moore), Sara’s chum Beth (Katharine McPhee) and male
model Blake (Chris Zylka).
Once they get to their destination, the group encounters a trio of
locals. One is Sheriff Sabin (Donal Logue), a genial local who mostly
patrols the lake, Dennis (Chris Carmack) and
Red (Joshua Leonard). Dennis is a hunk who was Sara’s boyfriend
before she went off to college, but who was disfigured in a boating
accident during their last date. Red’s an arch-primitive and neither of them takes well to Sara’s college friends.
When suddenly Malik
stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the group
realizes they have to get him to a hospital on the other side of the
lake. As they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover
the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks!
As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others
struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive
long enough to reach the safety of dry land. Unfortunately the direction by David R. Ellis ("Snakes on a Plane") is monotonous, never generating
much tension despite a great many false-start opportunities.