The first half is watchable if not unique or economic. Once the shark threat is fully reeled in during that last half hour, the execution becomes so nerve-shredding and tense that I was uncomfortable. Then on, it navigates its simple, terrifying premise damn well. The Reef is even scarier than Jaws in these shark scenes due to the predicament and because the tone feels more realistic. It just needed a better buildup.
Serviceable shark tale based on a true story that finds a group of friends stranded in the ocean, miles from shore, trying to survive as a shark picks them off one by one. Suspenseful at times with characters that start to wear out their welcome after a brief time. Though it never comes to the point where one begins to cheer for the shark..it comes close.
Less is more falls short with this one since there's no scene memorable enough to revisit unlike some other similar, in fact, inferior films. What it does bring is realism without monsters but rather animals in their natural environment, there are no corrupted officials or larger than life characters; there's only a simple premise and razor sharp tension, unique enough to set the new standard for shark attack movies.
Another fine creature feature from Andrew Traucki. This feels like an even more assured and confident film coming off his debut "Black Water." Traucki knows how to write an economic set-up; gets convincingly terrified performances out of his actors; and utilizes real animals in lieu of computer-generated monsters or gore. It's refreshing.
From time to time, I'm fooled by a trailer. After a disappointing experience, I also always solemnly swear that I won't get fooled again. Infantile dialogues and shots of the deep blue sea characterize The Reef directed by Andrew Traucki. It seems that the director used here real sharks but they are not scary at all. However, I understand the actors who refused to swim in the company of a great white shark. Crap.