Monster Invasion

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent monster invasion films and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?

Frenzy

A plane carrying a group of vloggers crashes into the sea, leaving them stranded and surrounded by sharks.

 

United States
2018
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Festivity: 
Shark Week
Animals: 
Shark
Catastrophes: 
Crash
4
C'mon. It's won't bite!
3.04
3.04
6
6
1
2
2
Photography
Effects
Editing
The plot of Frenzy is precipitated by a plane crash in the first ten minutes, and you can expect that kind of pacing until the very end. This is a Syfy shark movie that actually takes itself seriously. Perhaps they should make more of these because we actually care for the characters. That said, the sharks look fake and it’s distracting. This is a serious problem and it’s impossible to ignore.
There are two timelines, here; the happy one and the desperate one. One happens in the past and one in the present. One handles character development and the second suspense and terror. Frenzy does many things right, but it doesn’t avoid clichés we’ve seen in other shark movies that are not as impactful here. It doesn’t even try all that hard to reinvent the subgenre.
From character interaction to its action scenes, as much as it tries, Frenzy is never plausible. It’s basically a comedy where people cry instead of laughing. At its best, the movie offers thrilling and infernal underwater sequences. At its worst, it’s just another shark movie with computer-generated monsters made for television. But what do I know? Try it. It won’t bite!
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