The hunky Xavier Samuel plays the sketch of a lead character, who is recovering from a very bad prologue accident that resulted in a shark dining on some fellow beachgoers. The stress was enough to lead to a break-up between him his lady, who is played by Sharni Vinson, who sadly does not use any of her “Step Up 3D” dance moves to defeat any sharks even though this is the second film in the 3D genre for her.
Presumably, the shark also took advantage of the gnarly wave to get inside the store and feast, because sharks in movies are notorious jerks. There are two Great Whites -- one that stalks the garage, where young Stock Boy tries to stay afloat as Miss Thang and her boyfriend squabble, and another in the store, keeping our central cast afloat on top of the submerged aisles, watching the occasional fin break the water. Meanwhile, everyone makes eyes at the shifty guy who attempted to rob the store, but has now banded together with everyone to survive the day. He’s played by Julian McMahon, easily the most recognizable face in the cast, and for awhile you think he’ll be Samuel L. Jackson and this will be his “Deep Blue Sea.” Guess Surviving The Whole Way is the new Gruesome Surprise Mid-Movie Death. Also, perhaps we’re overrating McMahon’s star level.
Rendall is saddled with a turgid script written by genre legend Russell Mulcahy, who has long stopped caring. But to his credit, Rendall never plays the material for camp, even if some performances tend to lean in that direction. On one level, you could say he lacks the ingenuity to make his limited resources work. On another, you could say he’s directing a low budget shark film where most of the shark material is stock footage, and the rest is relying on a probably underpaid, under experienced and overtaxed special effects department trying to animate a Great White erratically behaving like a stone cold killer. Lest we forget, James Cameron started with “Piranha 2,” receiving guidance from Roger Corman and “Piranha” director Joe Dante. Rendall’s elder in this situation is the director of “Highlander 2: The Quickening.” [D+]
"Bait 3D" hits DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, September 18th.