No one is as surprised as I am to have been blown away by how fun and self-aware Shark Night 3D is. This isn't another Piranha 3D that banks on vulgarity to get a rise out of the audience. This is a killer fish movie that plays to its audience while also playing past the audience, doing things you'd never expect from the guy who made Snakes on a Plane into a movie that sadly didn't live up to the promise of its title.
And even though I'm now back in the real world and not in the surreal world of Shark Night, the movie is still getting the better of my expectations. Let's face it, when you hear the title of the movie, you expect it's going to be filled with a bunch of CGI. And it definitely has a lion's share of digital work, but several badass animatronic sharks were also made for various scenes where CGI just wouldn't cut it.
Popular Mechanics has a lengthy article up examining the creation of these sharks by Walt Conti and his team at Edge Innovations (Free Willy, Deep Blue Sea), but it also has a video of them in motion, and if it weren't for the power cord tether dangling from the belly of this beast, you'd be forgiven for think lived and breathed and ate pretty coeds for tea time. Check it out:
And if you're the kind of person who is even considering seeing a movie called Shark Night 3D, please do. It's got way more going on under the hood than people are giving it credit for, which is why I'll be back Monday with a spoiler-heavy discussion of the film.