Bait

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Supermarket shoppers battle man-eating sharks when a tsunami plunges a coastal resort under water, and the perfect predator gets a whole new stalking ground. Queensland, Australia: The weather is perfect, the water is blue, and the vacationers at a luxury resort file into an underground supermarket to stock up for another day in paradise. Just then, an armed madman bursts in with an itchy trigger finger and a desperate gleam in his eye. Little do the frightened hostages realize, he will soon be the least of their...
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Overview

Supermarket shoppers battle man-eating sharks when a tsunami plunges a coastal resort under water, and the perfect predator gets a whole new stalking ground. Queensland, Australia: The weather is perfect, the water is blue, and the vacationers at a luxury resort file into an underground supermarket to stock up for another day in paradise. Just then, an armed madman bursts in with an itchy trigger finger and a desperate gleam in his eye. Little do the frightened hostages realize, he will soon be the least of their worries; the waters around Queensland are rising fast, and before long the store will be completely submerged. When that happens, the aisles will be filled with hungry tiger sharks in search of a fresh meal. Now, in order to avoid becoming the Catch of the Day, the desperate shoppers must band together, and show the sharks who's really at the top of the food chain.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
With films such as 2-Headed Shark Attack and Sand Sharks propelling sharksploitation cinema into cheaper and more absurd territory, it's refreshing to see decent shark flicks still being made on a modest budget, as is the case with the Australian sharks-in-a-grocery-store shlocker Bait. Featuring no has-been actors, real flooded sets, and a competent visual scheme, this terror-in-the-water outing effectively sets itself apart from most other shark movies made in the last ten years. Although the hook is cheesy, the film's surprisingly serious tone ranks a few notches below the harshness of Open Water and The Reef, but shooting for far more dramatics than, say, Jersey Shore Shark Attack. This balance allows for more than its share of outrageous moments without selling out to rehashed Jaws clichés. Bait does sport a real barn burner of a wild plot in the form of a powerful tsunami that sends the ocean waters rushing into an underground supermarket in the middle of a robbery, prompting the terrified shoppers and gunmen alike to fight for their lives as vicious, man-eating sharks flood into the shopping center. Trapped by debris, the survivors put aside their differences as the shark-filled waters rise toward them each minute. Cast-wise, Julian McMahon might have top billing as the criminal antihero, but it's rising star Xavier Samuel who heads up the picture as a former lifeguard out to save his own skin as well as his girlfriend Step Up 3D's Sharni Vinson. Even Alex Russell, the second lead from the surprise-hit found-footage film Chronicle, makes an appearance as the best friend who gets stuck in a flooded parking garage. The shopping center and garage comprise the two main sets in the film, which allow for some inspired shots the sharks swimming around a car as a Valley girl and her surfer-dude boyfriend watch from inside comes to mind. While it would have been nice to have seen a shark attacking someone trapped in the freezers that half of the characters are standing on, Bait still gets points for going the extra mile Taser gun, anyone?. Horror geeks will delight in some of the inspired gore, while B-movie fans will dig one character's hilarious "plan" to turn the electricity off. Yes, the picture could use less straight-faced drama, because when it does loosen the reigns, the flick is a whole lot of fun. Filmed in 3D, but not widely released as such, Bait could have pleased moviegoers if given the chance…and that's too bad, considering its love for obvious visual gimmicks. Not essential but entertaining for what it is, horror aficionados should be plenty pleased if they turn to this one to fill their killer-fish fix.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • UPC: 013132559698
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 15,638

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Xavier Samuel Josh
Phoebe Tonkin Jaime
Sharni Vinson Tina
Adrian Pang Jessup
Qi Yuwu Steven
Alex Russell Ryan
Richard Brancatisano Rory
Chris Betts Lockie
Simon Edds Lifeguard
Alice Parkinson Naomi
Cariba Heine Heather
Julian McMahon Doyle
Michael Deakin TV Reporter
Daniel Wyllie Kirby
Damien Garvey Collins
Lincoln Lewis Kyle
Martin Sacks Todd
Rhiannon Dannielle Pettett Assistant Manager
Skye Fellman Young Girl
Nicholas McCallum Oceania Store Owner
Brett Kelly Conductor
Technical Credits
Kimble Rendall Director
Shayne Armstrong Screenwriter
Rodrigo Balart Editor
Peter Barber Producer
Steven Boyle Makeup Special Effects
Steven Burgess Sound/Sound Designer
Susie Chee Production Manager
Chris Brown Executive Producer
Jamie Crooks Asst. Director
Phill Eagles Costumes/Costume Designer
Kirsten Elms Associate Producer
Ross Emery Cinematographer
Bruce Emery Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Fellman Producer
Mike Gabrawy Executive Producer
Gary Hamilton Producer
Klaus Kastberg Set Decoration/Design
Duncan Kennedy Screenwriter
John Kim Screenwriter
Shane Krause Screenwriter
Matthew Lessall Casting
Samantha Lyttle Makeup Special Effects
Robert Mackenzie Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Maycock Executive Producer
Nicholas McCallum Production Designer
Jim Millet Set Decoration/Design
Justin Monjo Screenwriter
Russell Mulcahy Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Joe Ng Score Composer
Jen O'Connell Art Director
Alex Oh Score Composer
Ben Parkinson Casting
Angelo Sahin Special Effects Supervisor
Jeffrey Schenck Associate Producer
Jen Stanfield Makeup
Paul Stevens Co-producer
Ying Ye Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bait
1. Main Titles [8:12]
2. Thick as Thieves [7:54]
3. Tsunami [7:31]
4. Trapped and Flooded [8:58]
5. Something in the Water [7:34]
6. Three's a Crowd [7:57]
7. Dressed for Survival [6:35]
8. Hell is for Heroes [6:54]
9. What Goes Around [10:02]
10. Firepower [9:31]
11. Final Shock [6:24]
12. End Credits [5:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Bait
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      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Storyboard Gallery
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    The events in this are unlikely, but not impossible. There is no

    The events in this are unlikely, but not impossible. There is nothing sci fi or supernatural. The main characters were believable and individual. This wasn't a creature feature. This was a survival movie, and a pretty good one

    Before unleashing the tsunami and the sharks, this sets up the characters and setting nicely. The main cast, the 7 who will survive, all have troubled pasts. Each is lost and in pain. To survive they have to face their demons, and come together. Finally they kill the sharks and find a way to escape.

    At the end they're looking at the devastation caused by the wave. Their pasts are over, and it's a fresh start for all.

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