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This has to be the most original film I've ever seen. I mean, never before I have I seen a film where NOTHING happens. Wow, was that a surprise or what?! Actually, it wasn't. I knew this film would have it's limitations before I went to see it, and didn't even really want to, but laughing at it with friends was better than staying in so I went lol. It's a terrifying story, but it just doesn't work on film. I must say well done to the makers of this for making a film on a tiny budget and getting a shit load back. However, that only happened because of the shameless promotion it got. "The Blair Which Project MEETS Jaws!". Errr, who liked The Blair Which Project or starters (which begs the question "who cares?!"), and in no way is it like Jaws. They both have sharks in 'em. That's the only similarity. Surely this means Sharky and George is also like Jaws? The actors do a good job and it builds some tension so I can't say it's ALL bad, but when you know it can't go anywhere, you lose interest. I'm not hard to please when it comes to films. I'm really not. But this was just...blah. I'm probably being generous with my number of stars, but as it had an interesting premise, good acting from it's no name cast and a couple of jumps, I had to give it something. It also entertained us greatly, even though I don't suppose we were MEANT to be taking the piss all the way through.

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I finally got around to seeing this on DVD, and I have to say... you're right, it wasn't that impressive.  That is not to say it was bad, but there were just some things that really, really bugged me (my biggest complaint is that the chick flip-flops between being really smart and incredibly dumb... she actually has to be told that drinking sea water is bad for you).  

Still, there where some good parts.  While I did not like the conlcusion itself (to reveal it would be a major spoiler), I will say that I like how they show an entire school of sharks through small flashes rather than straight of showing the monsters (ala "Jaws").  So, while not bad, this is NOT not only the "best shark movie since "Jaws,"" but it's not even the best shark movie since "Jaws II."

**1/2 out of ****
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