Blu-ray Review: 'Dark Tide'

4/27/2012 9:52am EDT | Jason Coleman By: Jason Coleman

Dark Tide

Surf, sharks and...Halle Berry?  We’re checking out the new fun in the sun flick "Dark Tide," out now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  Follow the waves below!


Dark Tide Blu-ray



   Title: "Dark Tide"

   Grade: 1

   Cast: Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, Ralph Brown

   Director: John Stockwell

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 94 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment




The Flick: What a difference a horrible script makes.  Director John Stockwell, who stared in such classics as "Top Gun," "My Science Project" and "Christine" and also made impressive flicks like "Crazy/Beautiful" and "Blue Crush" gets handed a steaming pile where a decent script should be and it’s a match made in hell.  Stockwell tries his best to add in some great ocean visuals, but the film gets too bogged down with a mediocre story (Cliffhanger on water with Halle Berry as the surly shark expert - real believable!) and bad performances (Olivier Martinez not only has zero chemistry with Berry, but he’s downright annoying!) galore.  Plus the lame and sporadic scary shark bits make Jaws 3 look cutting edge – not guts, no gills, no glory.

Best Feature: No features – I sense Stockwell new better then to stick a commentary track on this one.

Best Hidden Gem: When Martinez gets hit head completely bitten off by a great white…oh, wait that was in my dreams!

Worth the Moola: If you’re looking for a few good ocean visuals maybe, but this one should be cast out to sea and left for dead.  In fact, ignore that previous sentence – go rent Stockwell’s "Blue Crush" instead! 

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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