Planet of the Sharks – USA, 2016 – reviews

‘When the world floods with water one species rises to the top.’

Planet of the Sharks is a 2016 American science-fiction action horror feature film directed by Mark Atkins (Evil Eyes; Sand Sharks; Awaken) from a screenplay co-written with Marc Gottlieb for production company The Asylum.

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The movie stars Alex Anlos, Brandon Auret (Tremors 5: Bloodlines), Stephanie Beran (Killer Party), Angie Teodora Dick and Lindsay Sullivan.

Plot:

In the near future, glacial melting has covered 98% of earth’s landmass. Sharks have flourished and now dominate the planet, operating as one massive school led by a mutated alpha shark…

The film premiered on 27 July 2016 as part of the Syfy Channel’s Sharknado Week.

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Reviews:

“Mostly Waterworld with sharks, there are elements of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and Day of the Dead in the early going … Just as zombies were tangential to what made Zombieland work, so this could have been a shark movie about more than sharks. Unfortunately, any such lofty ambitions are abandoned at about the one-third point, and we’re left with a largely predictable procession of people and sharks towards the launch-site.” Jim McLennan, Film Blitz

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Waterworld meets Jaws (with less drinking of urine). Actually pretty entertaining, with some decent production values for a movie of this type. Terrible CGI, but that’s par for the course.” Dan D., Letterboxd

“Bad CGI: check, bad acting: check, silly premise: check, token annoying fat bloke: check, token relatively attractive woman with big boobs: check, over the top storyline which results in using the most bad CGI possible: check … If you like so bad it’s good I’m afraid this doesn’t fall into that category, it’s more a case of so bad it’s funny. Yet saying that I did want to see how it ended…” Acid Burns Horror Show

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Planet of the Sharks was a little bit talky for an Asylum film. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The film deserves some credit for trying to explain the science behind what was going on and for attempting to give the characters some sort of motivation beyond “Let’s blow up a bunch of sharks.” Those looking for nonstop action may be a little bit disappointed. But, no matter! I liked Planet of the Sharks.” Lisa Marie Bowman, Through the Shattered Lens

Cast and characters:

  • Brandon Auret … Dillon Barrick
  • Stephanie Beran … Dr. Shayne Nichols
  • Lindsay Sullivan … Dr. Roy Shaw
  • Lauren Joseph … Beatrice
  • Daniel Barnett … Moffat
  • Christia Visser … Dr. Caroline Munro
  • John B Swart … Hideo Ishiro
  • Alex Anlos … Nathan Terry
  • Angie Teodora Dick … Joanne D’amato
  • Ryan-Wayde Hannival … Lookout
  • Zane Westermeyer … Butcher

Image credits: Acid Burns Horror Show

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