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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2012

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"Dark Tide" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

A professional diver who specializes in swimming with great white sharks returns to the sea after a close friend died from a shark encounter.  Financial problems lead her to take a rich dad and his son out on the water to swim with sharks.  Her husband returns after they had separated and attempts to rekindle their marriage.  Drama is brought into the mix via the rich father who is used to getting what he wants.

 

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2012, Color, PG-13, 114 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Halle Berry, Olivier Marinez
  • Directed by: John Stockwell
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Dark Tide is a relatively low budget film, costing $25 million to produce.  Weak dialog and performances are to be expected, but from a box office star like Halle Berry? I really expected more from her.  The suspense of open water and great white sharks never quite got to me.  Perhaps if I had cared a tiny bit more about the characters that would have gotten me an inch closer to the edge of my seat.  If you are a huge Halle Berry fan, or love sharks, you might be OK with watching this film. Everyone else should steer clear.

Technical

Dark Tide is actually a pretty nice looking film. There are some beautiful shots of sharks and other marine life. The Blu-ray transfer is very well done.
 
The audio on Dark Tide is good, but not very exciting. There are some good sound effects that convey the sense of being underwater.  Dialog is sometimes on the weak side and could have used more clarity.

Extras

Trailer for Dark Tide.