THE REEF: STALKED (2022) 12 reviews on the shark survival thriller
“Your Deepest Fear Will Keep You Alive”
The Reef: Tracked is a 2022 horror-drama film about four young women in kayaks who must defend themselves against a marauding shark.
Written, co-produced and directed by Andrew Traucki (Black Waters: Abyss; The jungle; The ABCs of Death Segment “G for gravity”; the reef; black water). Also produced by Jack Christian, Neal Kingston, Heather MacFarlane (executive producer) and Michael Robertson.
The soundtrack was composed by Mark Smythe (The Possessed; Wild boar; Charlie’s Farm; Daddy’s little girl).
The Australian film stars Teressa Liane (The Spy Who Never Dies; His killer fan; The Vampire Diaries TV series), Ann Truong (hard target 2), Saskia Archer, Kate Lister (The last cry; Curse of the Scarecrow; Mandy the haunted doll; Imbalance), Bridget Burt and Tim Ross.
After his sister is murdered, Nic, his younger sister and two friends seek solace on a kayaking adventure on a Pacific island. Hours into the journey, the women are stalked by a shark and must regroup, face their fears and save themselves…
RLJE Films/Shudder has acquired the North American rights to The Reef: Tracked. The film will be released theatrically, digitally, on demand (VOD) and will be available to stream on Shudder on July 29, 2022.
United Kingdom, The Reef: Tracked is released by Signature Entertainment on Digital starting July 29 and on DVD August 8. A Blu-ray release will follow on September 20.
“The Reef: Tracked is more of a thriller than a horror and if you classify it as a thriller I think it works better the story is the one that works and you kinda feel for the characters the cast does a great job showing the fear you’d expect someone to have when they’re being stalked by a great white, the soundtrack by Mark Smythe (Wild boar) works well and there are times where there are those John Williams moments when the shark attacks, which sounds great. 2.5 out of 5, Blazing Spirits
“Hunted features a few suspenseful moments and teases the terror of sharks reminiscent of the frequent fear of the reef. But it struggles to keep it all afloat against the heavyweight of a cast unable to sell fear or urgency, and a heavy metaphor of trauma healing that comes and goes like the tide. 2.5 out of 5, Bloody disgusting
“Some of the most effective scenes happen when the women simply exist with each other and bond through a shared sense of loss. The conversations and heavy moments between Nic and Annie feel genuine. The dialogue and the dynamics of the brothers and sisters both contribute to making their fate even more credible. 4.25 out of 5, dread center
“Traucki handles the suspense with enough skill, but this movie depends mostly on tedious jump scares for its effect, and has a few too many scenes where someone stares around in terror at the water with a worried expression. The music tense is hackneyed and therefore about as biting as a minnow’s biting 2 out of 5, The Guardian
“Great ocean views mix with moments of chaos and drama as the water boils and blood boils beneath the waves. The attacks are relatively believable, not trendy, gore-filled scenes. This is one of the most realistic shark movies I’ve seen. […] The tension is well built in the film, writer-director Andrew Traucki takes the time to tell this story.” horror fuel
“A lot can usually be forgiven in a shark movie, but when the basics of what makes a shark movie work aren’t so polished, it’s a complete disappointment. The Reef: Tracked is not one of the good ones, nor a full wash. Whereas the reef was more technically accomplished, this one is just… pretty seaworthy. Obsessive Horror
“The Reef: Tracked is another mid-budget late movie that’s tonally confusing somewhere between shark week and for life. There is nothing exceptional or abyssal — deep blue sea 3 and The shark respectively represent the two ends of the spectrum of recent subgenres […] It’s consistently underwhelming and repetitively boring, never finding the true horrors of shark attack movies. IGN
“While there are better shark movies, its endearing characters and surprising scares make for an enjoyable piece of aquatic horror. If you’re looking for teeth and blood, this might not be the movie for you. you, but if you want to see women uniting to survive, The Reef: Tracked is a beautiful stretch of ocean to visit.” Nightmarish conjurations
“… the performance is good, the sense of danger suitably uncomfortable and the decision-making understandable […] aside from a mid-act slump and the slightly disappointing finale Hunted is a solid entry into already infested waters. 3 out of 5, star burst
“The actual attack scenes are well staged and keep the shark out of sight as much as possible. Many viewers will likely feel disappointed that there aren’t more of them, as well as the relatively large number weak in body and lack of gore I could have done more on my own, but The Reef: Tracked at least offers a fair amount of tension and suspense between attacks. 3 out of 5, Voice from the balcony
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