What happens when you mash up Jaws 3 D and Earthquake? You get a very good shark disaster movie.
As their wedding draws near, Josh (Xavier Samuel) is nursing a hangover as his soon to be brother in law Rory (Richard Brancatisano) gives Josh a homemade concoction to take. Reluctantly, Josh takes a gulp and Rory tells him that his sister Tina (Sharni Vinson) is down the beach waiting for him.
Josh asks Rory if he'll check on one of the buoy's that he would normally check on a daily basis. Rory tells him it's not a problem and off he goes into the ocean.
A swimmer goes out and while Josh and Tina are talking about their future, a lifeguard notices the swimmer being attacked by a shark.
Josh races out to Rory and when he gets out to where Rory is, Josh yells to him about the shark, but unfortunately, he can't rescue him.
Eleven months go by and Josh has given up his lifeguarding job and goes to work at an underground supermarket near him.
As he walks to work, a dog is howling and flocks of birds are flying inland. Josh doesn't pay too much attention and continues on his way.
Inside the parking garage, Kirby (Dan Wyllie) is giving Doyle (Julian McMahon) final instructions on robbing the store. He's been scoping it out and knows that the manager Jessup (Adrian Pang) will be handing over the safe's money shortly.
But before the robbery, Jamie (Phoebe Tonkin) does some shoplifting and goes into the backroom where her boyfriend Ryan (Alex Russell) is shocked to see her. Jessup has been following her and he comes into the backroom with the security guard and demands that Jamie be charged with her crime, but Ryan says he'll pay for the stuff that she's stolen, but is fired instead.
Meanwhile, Josh is shocked when he sees Tina in the store with Steven (Yuwu Qi) and she tells him that she's been back in town for two weeks.
Jamie's day only gets worse when her father Todd (Martin Sacks) is the arresting officer. He takes her out to his SUV in the garage and while out there notices Doyle going into the store with a gun. He locks Jamie in and heads back into the store.
While in the garage, Kyle and Heather (Lincoln Lewis and Cariba Heine) pull into a space for some fun.
Following the attempted robbery, Todd stops Doyle but Kirby has already killed one of the store's employees and takes Tina as a hostage.
As the robbery drama is unfolding, the earth starts to shake and before they know it, a tsunami strikes flooding the store and the parking garage.
Slowly the survivors inside the store climb up onto the top shelves of the flooded store and discover that the entrance to the store is blocked by debris and live wires are blocking their escape.
In the parking garage, Ryan thinks that he's the only survivor until Kyle pops his head of the sunroof of his car. Ryan tries to figure out a way to get them out of the car since they've discovered a shark swimming around.
The same holds true for those in the store.
As the shark inside searches for food (and successfully attacks a couple of the survivors) they have to figure out a way to turn off the electricity and with the fuse boxes in the backroom, Josh volunteers to go turn it off since he knows where they're located.
Tina doesn't want him to go and Steven says that he'll do it. Again, Tina objects to this because she's afraid that whichever one goes, they won't return and she doesn't want to lose anyone close to her.
The movie itself, is a good thriller and the deaths of course are pretty predictable, but there is a plot twist which you don't really see coming and the characters are really well written.
Of course there's the drama of the characters backstories and while that usually drags the story a little, you really start to care about the characters.
Kyle and Heather are the comic relief in the movie and both actors nail their respective characters, but then again, all of the actors are really good in this little disaster movie.
The 3D effects aren't that good, that's why I've likened this to Jaws 3 D. Plus, a lot of disaster movies have never really introduced sea life. By introducing fish, jellyfish and sharks, a little more realism (although CGI) is added and the CGI special effects are pretty good.
When I first saw this movie, I thought that it'd be a hokey shark movie, but it's really well written and it draws you in. Sure, there are some moments, but overall, I think you'll like this movie for it's originality.