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‘Great White’ review: Killer shark movie looks good & feels right

A bigger boat?

Great White is another shark thriller film in the vein of Jaws. (As much as Stephen Spielberg has contributed to film history, his seaside summer blockbuster has led to possibly more bad imitations than any other movie.) The film follows five tourists stranded miles from shore. To make matters worse, they are short on supplies and an underwater terror has them held captive.

There are few new additions to the plot. Struggling business, a rich couple, and troubled relationships are all part of the trip. Since Great White is a killer shark movie, it does not have to be groundbreaking. But basically giving away the order people are going to die takes away some of the fun. Director Martin Wilson does bring some great suspense, however.

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Of course, with a shark attack film, there has to be a decent looking beast. Despite it’s lackluster script, the movie boasts a decent looking CGI killer. This helps add to the suspense. The effortlessly beautiful settings and overhead shots juxtapose the tension of Great White. It is not quite enough to keep audiences on the edge of their seats, but it prevents things from getting too dull.

With these types of movies, there is really only one of two ways to go. The plot either has to go all in on the horror aspect or just go over the top wacky. Great White decides to go the more serious route. That being said, there is a lack of grandiose moments that is normally found in the sub genre. Until the final moments, it is a straight ahead thriller.

Great White is a decent enough killer shark film. It sets up a familiar premise that is simultaneously comforting and tedious. Some gorgeous scenery and a good looking shark help make the more generic moments. The movie may not add anything to shark horror, but it is a fun watch.

Great White comes to theaters, on demand, and digital July 16

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