Dark Tide-Review

            Kate Mathieson (Halle Berry), also known as the “shark whisperer,” has been coping for over a year over a fatal incident that happened during a filming dive segment. With past due bills piling up and the bank threatening to take her boat (her main source of income as a tour guide), she accepts a millionaire’s diving job that was setup up by her husband, Jeff (Olivier Martinez). Since it has been a year since she has dived, Kate is on edge because she fears events will repeat itself. Will the sharks attack? Will Kate muster the courage to dive again? Will everyone survive against the Great White?



            This is just bad, bad, bad and bad. I hated everything about this film; no wondered it went straight to DVD. For starters, in the beginning, Halle is overacting her goofiness-with a character that dies -to the point that she seems too fake, even for an actor. Not only was the scene fake but it was drawn out too long to try and build sentimental value towards Kate and that character. I absolutely hated her performance as well. It’s like she was an amateur performing for a high school play; she would over do her lines and overreact to other characters’ comments. There were a couple of scenes that should have been cut in the editing department. For instance, three men from the village go diving one night for some type of rock or fish they can sell. During the entire time, the screen is too black to see anyone; even the flash lights barely show the water. All is heard are the seals and gulping waters when the sharks come to attack (which also is shown in pitch black). For one the viewers are not stupid, it is already known that the waters are dangerously filled with hungry sharks and they attack when threatened. Two, for the director, John Stockwell, to not have a problem showing nothing but a black scene and poor sound, makes me think he didn’t really care about the film or was too just lazy to replace it with something more relevant to the story than what the audience already knows. I also hated their poor means to build suspense. When the divers went in, the camera kept switching back and forth from the divers to the sharks, like they are about to attack when there wasn’t any aggression shown. I also didn’t like the soundtrack. The songs played were not in sync with the scenes. For instance, if trouble was coming, the music was suppose to be dark and hurried but instead there was happy island music. What is that about? The other characters I didn’t like either and don’t feel a need worth further mentioning because their performances were poor too. I never thought that Halle’s looks got her into the acting business because I did think she was good actress but after seeing this film I have begun to think otherwise. All in all, don’t waste your time to see this film because she is in a bikini; I will never see this film again. Rating: one star!

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