Dark Tide

Oooh another new shark movie!

Haiku Review:

Storm afraid of sharks,

a failure to stay afloat,

Berry bad movie

Dark Tide (2012) – Rated PG-13

“”Shark whisperer” Kate has lost her magic after a shark attack kills a diver on her team. But when an ex-boyfriend offers her a chance to get her mojo back by leading a millionaire on a risky shark dive, she decides to go for it.”

Wow! Poor Halle Berry! Back at the turn of the century, she lands the plum role of Storm in The X-Men. She does a great job in it and the first sequel. Between those two she wins the Best Actress in a leading role Oscar for Monster’s Ball and becomes the latest Bond girl in Die Another Day. Everything was looking up for her.

In 2004, Halle Berry won both the Worst Actress Razzie and Worst Couple for Catwoman. In 2006, she finished her role as Storm in the last modern X-Men movie, X-Men III: The Last Stand. I would have loved to have seen more but the cast was too large and they all wanted good money so the next film was just about Wolverine and then they rebooted the actors with X-Men: First Class.

Halle Berry took a couple years off and now she is back with this direct-to-DVD drivel. I like to think that she took this job because she wanted to vacation in South Africa, just as Samuel L. Jackson takes some of his roles for the nearby golfing.

Director John Stockwell is quite familiar with the water having directed Into the Blue and Blue Crush. Sadly his work here is very dark and murky – so much so that I wondered what went on in a few key scenes. It didn’t help that the Netflix encoding appears to pixelate occasionally during underwater scenes. I also noticed this pixelation in Piranha.

I quite appreciated the way in which the sharks were portrayed in a very realistic manner (i.e. they are not unstoppable killing machines). Sadly the same cannot be said of the humans.

The film opens with Kate’s (Halle Berry) assistant that she dearly loves about to retire – after this one last dive of course. Okay, now that we have gotten our initial shark attack out of the way, we can focus on Kate’s newfound reluctance to swim with sharks and how her boat and gear are about to be repossessed. I wonder how she could possibly raise the money to *ahem* stay afloat?

Enter the handsome Jeff. Jeff is played by forty-six year old Olivier Martinez so at least he and Halle are comparable ages. That said, seeing such beautiful forty-somethings makes me feel a bit inadequate as I start bearing down on the big five-O.

They are joined by Ralph Brown as the, of course, super rich Brady. The answer to Kate’s money problems just wants to bring his son along and swim with the sharks before he dies of cancer. As in slasher movies, he is that overbearing character that you can’t wait to see killed off.

Kate is cajoled into going on this trip but is going to do this on her terms. When she is thwarted, she completely flips out. I won’t tell you what she does but it is definitely something she does solely because the script dictated it.

The subject matter and title Dark Tide make it seem like this is a horror movie but it comes off more as an adventure film minus the adventure or perhaps a character study of stock characters. Some of the African cinematography is nice but overall Shark Night is a more interesting film and that is saying a lot.