If you’re a fan of “Shark Week” like Ol’ Sharky, nothing gets your flippers in a fuddle like a little fresh blood in the water. And there’s plenty for everyone in the Aussie survival-fest, The Reef. It’s a low-rent production with a lot of stock footage of sharks feeding, but the tension is there.

A crew of reasonably attractive young sailors and their ladies fair set to sea in a beautiful pea-green sailboat. Boat hits rock and capsizes. Luke (Damian Walshe-Howling) advises they gear up and swim fo the nearest land. Warren (Kieran Darcy-Smith) inexplicably stays behind on the capsized boat. The entire area is teeming with sharks that seem extraordinarily peckish. Who lives? Who gets their ass chewed?

Why anyone would enjoy a sailboat outing along the Great Barrier Reef (aka, “shark central”) is beyond comprehension. Again, I’d like to think that my innate cautious nature would spare me from vast amounts of horror-movie sorrow whilst traveling the world.

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