The Requin (2022)

Directed by Le-Van Kiet

Starring Alicia Silverstone and James Tupper

Is there a genre of movie that has been overdone is the shark horror movie. Jaws to this day remain the best and along the way, other good ones offered something entertaining as well as scary like The Shallows. Nothing funnier than those Scy-Fy channel shark movies though.

This one tells us the story of Jaelyn and Kyle. They are a married couple that lost a child and decided to take a vacation in Vietnam to try to forget the past and move on. Jaelyn suffers from panic episodes when she remembers the loss of her baby at childbirth. The hotel is a room above water and when a storm hits they drift away from land and have to find a way to survive.

The poster offers such a terrifying shark that the tension you get from the film is waiting for the moment that the monster will appear. The movie was bad, it is bad dialogue and cliche moments leading up to the shark attacking. As I said, the tension I felt did not come from the movie itself, it was my idea of where the shark would appear, maybe that was the director’s intent, to keep the audience waiting so when the moment comes they get scared. The problem is that the CGI is so awful the shark looks so fake, at least the main one, there are scenes where they used real sharks.

The other problem for me is that it felt like I was watching Open Water, the same situation, a couple trying to save their marriage get lost on the sea and the cliche moments where one gets cut and there is blood on the water.

This is not the kind of movie I would have expected Alicia Silverstone to make. My problem is the script. The performances are good for the material they had to work with.

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