The title, however, is the least of the movie's problems.
As that appellation suggests, this is an aquatic thriller, joining the horror subgenre that began with and is still best represented by Jaws.
Sara Paxton (Sara Palski), Dustin Milligan (Nick La Duca), Chris Carmack (Dennis Crim), Katharine Mc Phee (Beth), Joel David Moore (Gordon), Donal Logue (Sheriff Sabin), Joshua Leonard (Red), Sinqua Walls (Malik), Alyssa Diaz (Maya), Chris Zylka (Blake Hammond), Jimmy Lee, Jr.
(Carl), Damon Lipari (Keith), Christine Quinn (Jess), Kelly Sry (Wonsuk), Tyler Bryan (Kyle) Shark Night does not take place exclusively or even primarily over the course of one night.
What is first believed to be a boating accident is soon discovered to be the handiwork of a shark. Yes, a shark in a saltwater lake and more than one.
That unusual predicament is chalked up to hurricane season flooding, but there are more sinister forces at work.
The film centers on a group of seven Tulane University college students who make spontaneous plans for a weekend of fun on Louisiana's fictional Lake Crosby, a destination far enough to elicit a first-person driving montage.
After the obligatory, unrelated prologue kill, the characters are introduced and defined with a mix of fakeouts and exposition.
Trust me, there is a reason that none of these actors are household names.Of slightly more importance are the athlete's med school-bound tutor, Nick (Dustin Milligan), and the object of his affections, Sara Palski (Sara Paxton).They are given top billing and a hint of romantic potential, suggesting they might stick around longer than most.The jock ends up with a missing limb, which is initially dismissed as a boating accident, but when the premed student goes swimming to look for the missing appendage, he sees a shark.Of course there is no cell phone coverage (a point helpfully made early in the movie) so the group tries to figure out a plan to get him medical help while the premed student tries to stabilize the man as best he can. Ellis Written by: Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg Starring: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Joel David Moore, Katharine Mc Phee, Alyssa Diaz, Chris Zylka, Donal Logue, Sinqua Walls, Joshua Leonard and Chris Carmack , but it was not to be.Even I have a threshold for dopey stories, and this one tried my patience.That video gamer nerd (Joel David Moore, testing the bounds of "college-aged") -- well, he really is a nerd.Also along are the athlete's Latina girlfriend (Alyssa Diaz) and a vain, butt-baring art class model (Chris Zylka).In recent years, its ranks have grown with the likes of Piranha 3D and a variety of inane, Roger Corman-produced Syfy original TV movies. That in theaters it was called Shark Night 3D and opened at the end of summer link it to the surprisingly well-reviewed 2010 Piranha.The PG-13 rating, though, gives us far less gore, profanity, and nudity, making it a natural fit for basic cable.