Shark Night 3D

Theatrical Release: September 2, 2011
Shark Night 3D


A sexy summer weekend turns into a blood-soaked nightmare for a group of college students trapped on an island surrounded by voracious underwater predators in Shark Night 3D, a terrifying thrill ride from director David Ellis (The Final Destination, Snakes On a Plane), featuring a red-hot young cast including Sara Paxton (Superhero Movie, Last House on the Left), Dustin Milligan (“90210,” Slither), Chris Carmack (“The O.C.”), Joel David Moore (Avatar), Chris Zylka (The Amazing Spider Man) and Katharine McPhee (The House Bunny). Arriving by boat at her family’s Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates.

Dove Review

Wow! This movie starts off with several college friends heading out to their friend Sarah’s hide-out, a lake house where they envision water skiing and partying the weekend away. I say “wow” because the movie slowly but surely becomes more and more grounded in fantasy rather than reality. After a main character loses an arm to a shark, one of Sarah’s friends, Nick, who happens to like her, runs back and jumps into the water and retrieves the missing arm. But as a few more casualties take place the sharks start doing all kinds of impressive acrobatics. One fellow is even eaten by one as the shark leaps up from the water to devour the man with jaws and teeth that looked 50 feet tall. The ski-doo becomes a casualty right along with the man.

This movie starts off with believability and then soon becomes a showcase for the 3D effects. That’s too bad. On top of this, we have the use of strong language, rear male nudity and sexual innuendos, and lots of blood in this violent picture. If you’ll pardon the expression, this one “jumps the shark” not far into the film. You can find a better movie than this to watch with your family. We can’t award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this one.

Content Description

Sex: Several sexual comments and innuendos; a few sex jokes; a man ogles a woman and makes thinly veiled sexual comments to her; talk about having sex with a woman; kissing.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-8; J-1; S-9; A-10; "Ho"-1; Slang for breasts-1; Slang for female genitalia-1; H-12; B-3; D-3; SOB-1
Violence: A lot of violent scenes; sharks attack several people and a man's arm is torn off; blood is seen in the water; sharks suddenly jump up and devour several characters; a man is stabbed; a man is shot; a man catches on fire; guns held on people; a man is dropped down into the water to be shark bait.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes including drinking beer on a boat; vodka; smoking in several scenes; talk of getting a woman drunk so as to have sex with her.
Nudity: Rear male nudity as a man poses for an art class; side view of women's breasts when they remove tops; shirtless men; women in bikinis and bathing suits; cleavage; a woman is forced to strip down to her bra and panties.
Other: Several men plot to purposely kill people; a lack of respect by a few characters regarding the sanctity of life; a man who has a scar and was injured by a boat's propeller holds a grudge against the girl with the boat; a young woman is shown getting a tattoo on her hip.


Company: Relativity Media
Writer: Will Hayes & Jesse Studenberg
Director: David R. Ellis
Producer: Chris Briggs
Genre: Horror
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter