Warren Christie and Peta Wilson in Malibu Shark Attack (2009) (aka: Mega Shark of Malibu)

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Tension at the lifeguard hut on Malibu beach is rising as Chavez (Warren Christie) is becoming infuriated with a group of contractors working on a nearby house with Heather (Peta Wilson) trying to keep the peace as it is her new boyfriend in charge of the construction whilst Chavez is her ex. But the contractors and the lifeguards are going to have a much bigger problem to deal with as an underwater tremor has not only caused a Tsunami but caused a pack of vicious looking Goblin Sharks to head in land to the now flooded beach due to the giant waves. With a small group stuck in the lifeguard hut whilst another group stuck in the construction site they must find some way to get to fight the sharks and reach dry land.

Come on guys it is a shark movie made by a director whose filmography doesn't scream out any mega hits and a cast which has some familiar names but no mega star either, what do you expect. Sorry I had to start like that but once again I find people claiming that "Malibu Shark Attack" is the worse movie ever made when in truth it is on par with so many shark movies which are made today especially those which are made for a TV audience. So that means it is weak, often laughable and nothing more than cliche but "Malibu Shark Attack" entertains for being bad.

So as I said it is nothing more than cliche and so from prehistoric sharks to the use of a news reporter to bridge scenes and feed us detail it offers up nothing new. Even the idea of a group of people trapped in a building on stilts and another group stuck in a beach house is just a variation already done in other movies. But its familiarity makes it easy to watch and means that the weak effects when it comes to the sharks is not going to spoil a genuinely decent movie. Plus it allows it to focus on some gore which whilst not great has its moments.

As such "Malibu Shark Attack" is just another shark movie and one which features nothing which makes it original. But for those looking for cliche it has all the expected marks from women in bikinis, heroic young men and being a TV movie characters which end up pretty anonymous as there is no room for character depth.

What this all boils down to is that "Malibu Shark Attack" is, as I keep on saying, just another modern shark movie and whilst below average is not as terrible as many would have you believe. In fact it is one of those movies which works in an enjoyable bad movie way.

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