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Jurassic Shark

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Canada  •    •  75m  •    •  Directed by: Brett Kelly.  •  Starring: Emanuelle Carriere, Christine Emes, Celine Filion, Angela Parent, Duncan Milloy, Phil Dukarsky, Kyle Martellacci, Joshua Gilbert Crosby, Kevin Preece, Jurgen Vollrath, Sarah Mosher, Kala Gray, Sherry Thurig.  •  Music by: Christopher Nickel.
       When an oil company unwittingly unleashes a prehistoric shark from its icy prison, the Jurassic killer maroons a group of thieves and beautiful young female college students on an abandoned piece of land. Unable to escape the fearsome beast, the two groups of strangers must put aside their differences and come together to fight off the extinct, ferocious monster while battling for their lives. What started out as some fun in the sun, ends up as a survival of the fittest as nature's cruelest creation has come back from extinction and he wants revenge!

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Image from: Jurassic Shark (2012)
Image from: Jurassic Shark (2012)
Image from: Jurassic Shark (2012)
Image from: Jurassic Shark (2012)
Let's start with the storyline. A company is drilling for oil in a lake, and apparently drilled through a large chunk of ice, releasing a prehistoric shark from within. Yeah, alright, been done before, but sure, why not one more time. Makes for your average run of the mill shark movie, so it works out well enough. But let's back it up a little bit, shall we. They drilled through ice? But the lake apparently wasn't cold water, as people were there swimming and having fun at the beach. It just doesn't make any sense.

A shark was apparently trapped in an air pocket or something inside this ice? Alright, but what has it been eating for, and I quote, 200 million years? And for some reason whenever the shark swam into a boat, it automatically managed to knock all people into the water, and it did this more than once, mind you. But the size of the shark, it was alternating constantly throughout the movie, depending on whether it was actual shark footage or poorly made CGI that was being shown. And I have never seen such a large dorsal fin on a shark before, unless you count the tail fin of a thresher shark into the picture. It was just so out of proportions, but when it was stalking just beneath the surface, it managed to hide this huge fin somehow.

There was so many continuity problems and faults in this movie, that it was actually worth sitting through and watching, because it was so funny. How can anyone seriously not take notice of such things when in the midst of making a movie? Do they simply just believe movie-lovers to be blind to the details in the movies? The criminals who were all knocked over and into the water by the shark, yes, it pulled off this wonderful trick on them as well, well all made it to shore, except for one. But no one was in shock or expressing any type of emotion to watching one of their group being eaten by a shark in a lake, not even the guy's own brother. That was just so epic. I have never seen such a lack of display of emotion anywhere. I will chalk it up to the actors and actress's below average acting performances. And when they were on shore, just out of the water, they were dry to the bone. Hilarious! And the second capsized boat with the youngsters in it, also falling victim to the shark's wonderful trick of getting everyone out at the same time. Well, one of them apparently washed ashore in a lake with no waves (and no currents!), but to make things better, she was quite far up on the land, apparently having been tossed far ashore by the lack of waves. Again, come on director (Brett Kelly) get your head into the game. It was just not believable in any way.

And the water in the lake must have been some kind of special water, because the swimming shark didn't cause any ripples or disturbance of the surface, not even with its dorsal fin protruding up. Nor did, surprisingly enough, exploding dynamite.

It wasn't all bad though. The movie was so cheesy and campy that it was actually fun to watch. And the three youngsters played by Emanuelle Carriere (playing Jill), Christine Emes (playing Tia) and Celine Filion (playing Kristen) actually did some alright acting compared to the other people in the movie.

What was up with the scene where the shark jumped out of water, bit and swallowed the leader of the criminal group and then managed to land back in the water? I had to rewind and watch that twice, because it cracked me up. That scene alone was so hilarious that the movie should be watched for that scene alone.

For a low budget shark movie, then "Jurassic Shark" was actually a rather good production. The cinematography was good and the editing was adequate. The movie just suffered from a bad and implausible storyline, lack of funding and special effects. It is no "Jaws" but it is better than "Super Shark". Thumbs up for the ambition behind this movie project though.

Oh dear God, and the ending to the movie; priceless! Two guys sitting on some rocks at the water, drinking beer talking about one of the guy's stepdaughter and wife, and then says "Even big, ugly things can have offspring". What happens then? Come on, doesn't take much intellect to figure it out. I will not say it, even though it is so painstakingly obvious.


Review by paul_haakonsen from the Internet Movie Database.