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Shark Attack 3
Lionsgate Home Entertainment // R // November 26, 2002
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Review by Buzz Burgess | posted December 2, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie
From director David Worth (Prophet's Game), comes the third in the series of B-grade killer shark movies with Shark Attack 3. What do you do to top the 30 foot Great White in Shark Attack 2? Well, reincarnate a 100 foot prehistoric Megalodon of course.

A telecommunications company based in Mexico is having trouble with their underwater cables. It seems the electrical emissions are attracting sharks... big ones. In the best interests of the company, the sharks and their attacks are covered up by the management. All goes well until Paleontologist Cataline Stone (Jenny McShane) discovers a photo on the internet of a shark tooth embedded in one of the cables. She identifies it to be that of a baby Megalodon, thought to be extinct for over 20 million years and capable of growing to over 75 feet.

Teaming up with a security guard from a local resort, a photographer and friend, she sets off to study the beast. The guard (John Borrowman), however, has different plans and plots the beasts destruction.

Lots of stock Great White shark footage appears in the film along with the seemingly required nude beach and shower scene to obtain the films R-rating. Nevertheless, if you judge it by the category in which it falls, it is fairly entertaining. The plot is straightforward.. shark kills man, man kills shark and takes all the expected routes, quite similar to "Jaws" to reach that end. Mix that with some stiff acting by the principals, New Yorker's pretending to be Spanish speaking Mexicans, a one-man submarine that mysteriously has room for 4, and an ancient wooden boat where any lever that moves seems to propel it, and you have the makings for comedic situations, whether intended or not.

Near the end, the posse eventually tracks down and puts the bite on the killer. As it turns out that was baby, which prompts mom to appear and immediately engulf a nearby 80 foot yacht as if it were a sardine. This one-bite sequence is the best special effect in the movie. Things go downhill from here however, and subsequent scenes are not so believable. Mom decides to snack on a fleeing jet skier and he just squeezes between her jaws like the yacht did, leaving you to decide if he was really big or the yacht with 30 people on it was really small.

DVD
1.78:1, anamorphic, original format, 94 minutes.
English with the options of English or Spanish subtitles.

Video
Very nice direct to video transfer here. Clean, clear and sharp, nice colors and scenery. Indoor shots were equally pleasing with little or no trash.

Audio
Dolby 2.0. Interesting as Shark 2 had the additional option of 5.1. But, the 2.0 soundtrack works fine with this film with a good score and dialog that is clear and easy to understand.

Menus
Static menu.
Scene selection with thumbnails (24).

Extras
None.

Final Thoughts
It's a B-flick and a fun view if you take it for what it is and, I have to admit, this one is better than some big budget ones I've seen. It moves right along keeping your interest and gives you some laughs along the way. And how else will you discover how to dispose of a Megalodon?

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