The Reef
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On the beautiful but dangerous waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, ship delivery man Luke and four friends chart a yacht to its new owner. Along the way, their ship is torn open by sharp rocks and begins to sink, leaving the passengers with a terrifying choice: stay on board with slim hope of rescue, or swim twelve miles to the nearest island through shark-infested waters. When they enter the water, an unstoppable, relentless Great White immediately follows their trail for a white-knuckle chase that will fill the waters with blood! From the director of the acclaimed monster hit Black… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...the film's final stretch is unexpectedly engrossing..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Lacking the compelling drama and survival horror kick of its cousin Open Water, The Reef is brisk and reasonably involving, but pretty middling, too."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"The Reef is that rarest of treats: an "animal attack" thriller that is as dramatic as it is horrific."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"The film is good at what it does, goes to plan and concludes in a modest 88 minutes. Yet if that's success, it's also a failing, for it's not particularly memorable or distinctive."
‑ Craig Mathieson,
"As for suspense, there isn't much. When the only thing at stake is the size of the body count, suspense becomes the first casualty."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Considering what most low-budget shark flicks look like, The Reef is a welcome sight indeed."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"The Australian tourist industry will hate it but The Reef is an extremely effective watery horror/thriller."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"Terrible scripting, unconvincing acting, wonky continuity and feeble atmospherics induce an overpowering feeling of tedium that cancels out any potential for true terror."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Fortunately, the lengthy scenes in which the four frightened swimmers are menaced by a white pointer are chillingly well handled -- not since Jaws 35 years ago has the horror of this sort of situation been as well captured on film."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"There is something fun about being scared by a movie and The Reef offers that sort of safe danger that, for some reason, most of us occasionally crave."
‑ Beth Wilson, Trespass
"... squirm-worthy survival adventure ... Go ahead, take the plunge. 'The Reef' is an authentic nail-biter (toe-nibbler?) that lives up to its fun come-on: 'Pray that you drown first.'"
‑ Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope
"For most of the time, Traucki manages the horror well, with the menace inferred. Particularly spine-chilling is the scene in which Walshe-Howling is exploring the air pocket in the upturned boat. Sound tells the story."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Once that journey happens it is tremendously effective and, honestly, it's like you want to get out of that cinema."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Jaws it is not, but it's well worth the hour of suspense to see which one, and only one, will survive."
‑ Marie-Christine Sourris, Sunday Mail (Australia)
"Taut, suspenseful and finely acted, this delivers both thrills and strong characterisation."
‑ Erin Free, FILMINK (Australia)
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