Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: John Schneider, Daryl Hannah, Armand Assante
Director: James A. Contner
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
The Seventh installment in the Maneater Series, Shark Swarm is the highly anticipated miniseries now available for the first time on DVD. For decades, the Pacific waters have been a dumping ground for atomic-testing debris... more »
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Let me sum it up for you
Dramamine | St. Paul, MN | 08/28/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Obviously you don't expect much when you pick up a movie like this. This one will live right down to your expectations. This is a really predictable made-for-tv movie. Let me sum up all the kills for you:
1. Footage of cgi sharks swimming ridiculously fast.
2. A shot of someone swimming in the water.
3. A shot of a cgi shark swimming up really close to the camera.
4. A brief shot of some red colored water.
5. Cut away.
That's it. I don't think there's a single shot of a person and a shark together at all in this movie. Just really, really boring. Oh, and Daryl Hannah's gotten pretty nasty."
Doesn't Live Up To The Cool Box Cover
Stanley Runk | Camp North Pines | 08/20/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Greedy land developing schmuck, Armand Assante is buying up the properties of a small coastal fishing town called Full Moon Bay so he can put up a bunch of condos. He's got everyone in his pocket, but fisherman John Schneider just won't sell, and his property is the key to the whole project! Assante decides to play hardball by bullying Schneider with his henchmen. But most importantly, he's dumping toxins in the ocean to kill off all the fish, and in theory, ruin Schneider's business.
Oh, it kills the fish alright, but it messes with the food chain and creates a hungry swarm......A FRIGGIN' SHARK SWARM!!!! Now there's a buttload of sharks chomping down on everything they can get their fins on, including each other. Schneider and his woman, Daryl Hannah have got to turn the tide on this ravenous swarm(Ya like that "turn the tide" ocean-type pun?), and at the same time save their little town from becoming tacky.
This movie is an epic. Sort of. It's awfully damn long, longer than a movie like this should be(damn near 2 hours and 40 minutes!). But from my understanding it was a miniseries so that accounts for the ridiculous length. It's really not all that impressive. It's just interesting enough to keep you watching to the end, but that's about it. There are a bunch of pointless subplots, and good actors are used in very cookie cutter type roles, Assante and F. Murray Abraham especially(Abraham was almost downright pointless!). There are seemingly endless scenes of various people getting attacked by the sharks, at least one scene for every four that go by. This is kinda funny coz nobody seems to notice such a massive amount of people are missing! The sharks are CGI of course, making their scenes look like a shark documentary you'd see on Animal Planet or something, but with a bit more ferocity of course. It looks fake and silly, but I suppose when you're doing a movie about a swarm of hungry and aggressive sharks it's really the only route you can take. I can't imagine sharks can act too well.
But being this is a made for Sc-Fi movie, that alone will make folks determine if they want to see it. And with about eight billion direct-to-video shark films on the shelves, most folks have seen at least one or two of them before and will know what to expect considering this isn't much different. Just much longer."
One of the worst movies I have seen in my life.
Raymond Pauly | Coral Springs, FL United States | 10/08/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I just could'nt resist the opportunity on commenting on this disaster of a movie... actually the worst I have seen in the last say... five years, and on the top five of my life. I am frankly surprised that it got some fair reviews!
I bought it for two reasons: a respectable cast that includes Darryl Hanna, Armand Assante and John Schneider and, being a shark movie fan, I have to admit that the cover was attractive.
I am so disappointed with this cast appearing in a crummy movie like this... Because man... I have seen bad movies... and this one!!
This is about some sharks somewhere that go wild and attack in bunches(swarm) because of some toxic waste thrown in the water and they attack and eat everybody without control. The shark attack scenes are actually just one (or maybe two) same take repeated over and over again. The sharks swim at a ridiculous and impossible speed and the take goes in and out so fast that it is hard to distinguish them at all. What you can notice at first glance is the computerized effect that, as I said, is repeated too many times not to be noticed. The sharks eat half of the town people... and nobody notices anything!!! Hahaha... There is a scene where a lifeguard is playing with a little girl right there in the shallow water waist high at the shore and the shark swarm (yes, the whole swarm) comes in and eat him and none of the lot of people standing right there sees anything or notice the guy is missing at all!! Not then or after! And that happens with one person or a group of people every five minutes... and nobody notices or even suspects anything is wrong!!
At the end, when it comes to the part where you want to see the bad guy
(the worst performance by Armand Assante ever) eaten, the sharks bump ONCE into the posts of a huge pier where he and all of the remaining bad guys are standing... and the pier falls off into the sea!!! Hahahaha... I only laughed harder when I watched the movie than now!! Oh... and then the sharks eat all the bad guys!!
Then, as if this was not enough, on one of the last scenes fins are seen on top of the water again near the beach... rubber fins if you look close!
And there is still something more... it goes on forever!! It lasts 164 eternal minutes during which all that happens is more and more people get eaten with the same impossible to understand fact that it goes unnoticed.
Oh yes, of course there is a plot to it... This bad guy is contaminating the water because he wants to take over the town to get rich building resorts and exploiting the people out of their homes and properties. But that is so lame and hackneyed that it is not even worth to mention.
I am not going to comment on the performances... How could they be any good with this hollow script and direction?
I got bored long before it ended... but, I have to admit, it was one of those terrible movies you watch until the end, and you don't really know why!
It's not Jaws, obviously...
Johnny | VA | 06/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Obviously, this movie is not Jaws. To hold it to those standards is setting the viewer up for immediate disappointment. But if you take the movie for what it is--a two-hour-and-forty-minute shark drama/epic, then you just might enjoy it as much as I did.
Some of the characters are laughable, and some of them are even kind of likable. Some of the acting is terrible, and some of it is at least okay. And for CG sharks, these aren't the worst out there.
And the lengthiness of it, I for one never found it slow. I never got bored. I don't know; it's definitely not Jaws. Just know that going in and you'll be alright."