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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby lt.brannigan on 05 Dec 2015, 05:03

Moltisanti wrote:I'm sorry you had to endure that, but I enjoyed reading the review.


Thanks. My copy of War Pigs gets here Tuesday and I am looking forward to watching it. Any month with 2 Dolph releases is a good month I think.
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby savagesketch on 12 Dec 2015, 22:44

Well, I have also endured SHARK LAKE... And it's about what you'd expect. On the plus side, it is not as ugly as the Serafini films, and there are some great aerial shots of the lake and town. I imagine they're most likely stock footage shots, but they add a semblance of class to the film.

Unfortunately, that's about where my praise for the film ends. I'd hate to kick a dog when it's down, but the film takes itself way too seriously. Wanna do a serious shark movie, fine... But you need the appropriate budget to pull it off. Yet when the budget is as limited as it is here, you really have only one way to go, and that is the way of the SyFy Channel movies. Which is what this should have been. And as has been evidenced in other reviews, the film clearly doesn't know how to utilize Dolph. I understand that he can't always get the "meathead" roles, and that as an actor, he is always wanting to try something new. But come on... It's Dolph in a shark movie! The production team should have really done something with that. Instead it's Dolph coming in and out of the film for long stretches of time doing really nothing. Surprisingly, he's not in the film that much, I'd say 15 minutes tops. They clearly used him for the week he was on set and then padded his scenes throughout the film. And regarding his character, he's in it so little that the film could have been done without his character. He's not entirely integral to the story.

Other points of contention that are worthy of mentioning...
-- Yes, the special effects are pretty bad. CGI that's pretty amateur, but nothing worse than anything on SyFy... Watch out for the scene with the girl parasailing and missing a leg. :lol:
-- The scenes linger to the next without much fluidity. Clearly an amateur production; could have used some more work editing.
-- Dolph just appears bored. With these quick shoots, the one saving grace is he's at least been given unique characters that he gets to have fun with. Not here.
-- The film screams cheap. Police station, especially the sheriff's office, is clearly a set. Then again, quick and cheap seem to be the new standard with these dtv films, so that's to be expected I guess.

With LARCENY and DON'T KILL IT on the horizon, hopefully we'll have something more to look forward to. Hopefully.
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby lt.brannigan on 13 Dec 2015, 02:48

Great review, and I agree with it entirely. I really hope that Dolph delivers another fun movie soon.
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby Jox on 17 Dec 2015, 18:53

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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby Nathan on 20 Dec 2015, 02:43

Nice spelling mistake in the tagline, love how much effort they put into these.
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby bomaz on 20 Dec 2015, 12:59

You don't get it, they're just ahead of their time, like hipsters. They mix languages : "survie" is the french for "survival". They're just hip :P
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby Tom on 20 Dec 2015, 19:56

Ha ha. Bloody hell I didn't even spot that. I think they're actually doing this shit on purpose now.
"Lets see how bad we can make these films and still get people to pay for them."
They might as well have a tagline that reads: "Anyone watching this is a money wasting prick."
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby Jox on 21 Dec 2015, 16:39

Everything is produced so fast, and spelling is the last concern, just read even serious newspapers, you got typos and bad spelling all over... Nobody checks after or just does it hastilly.
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby Tom on 21 Dec 2015, 19:55

Oh for sure. I'm not sure why we even bother with editorial departments anymore. My local newspaper is renowned for being atrociously written with almost no spelling or grammar checks it seems. It's almost become a running joke.
These DTV distributors really don't care at all either.
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby Jox on 21 Dec 2015, 20:07

Knowing how it works in some of these companies and/or medias, it's always the same thing: there used to be a time when you'd pay people to do certain tasks, and now project managers (and interns!) are given less and less resources, less and less time to oversee a bigger release slate...
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby savagesketch on 22 Dec 2015, 08:09

Jox wrote:US back cover

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I can assure you that this typo was in fact changed before its release. No typos of any kind, especially with that particular line. (At least on my copy). :)
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby sonnyblack745 on 25 Apr 2016, 19:06

Why the German appointment was canceled by 03.03.2016. Finally Unviersum has secured rights and I am sorry that you now nothing new experiences through a German publication.
Does anyone know the reason?
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby harry on 25 Apr 2016, 20:53

I am also waiting for the German DVD/BD. But this Universum is not the "Universum Film GmbH".
It is - for me - an obscure label called "Universum Studio Germany". Tried to get answers for my questions - nothing.
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Re: SHARK LAKE (Jerry Dugan, 2015)

Postby Jox on 29 Apr 2016, 17:31

Rated 15 in the UK for an August 1st release from Soda Pictures
http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/shark-lake-video
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