mum and dad
Saturday night and me and the parents want a film to watch. Turn on Netflix to find Surrounded, a film with sharks that just seemed to pop out of nowhere - and, let's be fair, I love a good creature/shark film, and so does mother. Mother especially loves them. I had never heard of Surrounded, but that doesn't stop me watching it, even the fact that it was a SyFy movie didn't stop me - and sometimes SyFy movies aren't the best. "In the aftermath of a plane crash, two sisters try to get away from a school of killer sharks."
Yeahhhhh, I have a lot to say about this film, and not a lot of it is good. To start with though, my shark TED talk:
Welcome! Today, like I have done before, I will be talking about sharks and how they are portrayed in movies. In Surrounded, and other films, sharks are portrayed as relentless killers, who do not give up until they kill the victim, and often roar. None of this is true. Sharks really are nice creatures, and actually do not like the taste of human flesh. They especially do not stalk their prey until whatever it is is dead. Like most animals, they would get bored and go and find something else easier to eat if they wanted to. Sharks are nice and need to be loved, they are very misunderstood creatures.
Thank you for listening to my TED talk.
Carrying on, Surrounded is not that great a film. Starts off as an alright film, and doesn't ever really get above that 'not that great' feeling. The characters aren't that likeable, even the 'good' girl who is the nicest of bunch, well, let's just say, you're not really that bothered if a shark eats her.
Dad made a good point, he wasn't a huge fan of this film either, but he mentioned how in Jaws, you have sympathy towards the characters such as Brody, but in Surrounded, you kind of really hope they all get eaten by the sharks... The characters just are not the best, not that likeable and by the end, they have all wound you up, so much, that you hope the sharks eat them.
I had a few little things I had to say about this film, and I shall put it all into little a helpful little list of bullet points.
1. The sharks in this roar, why?!
2. Without giving away any spoilers, some of the characters do not use their resources well. They decide to risk their lives instead of using what is around them. That's all I will say about that section...
3. That rubber raft they had was very resilient against shark teeth.
4. Sharks would have given up trying to eat these people by now, as soon as they didn't get them the first time, they'd have left.
5. From being stuck in the water for how ever long, the camera on the footage was still brilliant and probably 4k.
6. The CGI on the water could have had more white and detail in it. Mainly as the sharks swam through the sea, no water movement in front of the fins... Not that I am an expert though.
Saying all that, Surrounded had a few good moments. One being that when the sharks were underwater and not attacking, they actually looked pretty realistic, and that some of the basic gore was not too shabby either, one leg wound in it especially.
Overall, Surrounded is not that good, you'll have a bit of a laugh with it, but at it. It's fairly fun, and if you like sharks, go for it, no harm in that.
Just remember my TED talk!!
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