A tsunami just flipped the foodchain.Bait
is an Australian 3D killer shark
film released in 2012.
In the film, set in a sleepy beach community, shoppers at an underground supermarket are terrorized by a crazed bandit when a tsunami swallows the town. Now trapped, as rushing water threatens to entomb them, the survivors discover that the tsunami has brought an unwanted visitor from the depths.
Originally, a sequel in which a shark terrorizes a flooded school in Los Angeles was in development. In 2013 however, the film was reconceived as Deep Water in which a plane crashes in the ocean and its passengers must stay on or onboard to avoid being eaten by sharks.
This film includes the following tropes:
- An Arm and a Leg: In the opening Rory dies from loss of blood when a shark rips off his legs.
- Asshole Victim: Kirby is the robber responsible for killing the woman at the start, and tries to use another of the survivors as bait. Doyle attacks Kirby in turn and uses him as bait instead.
- Badass: Doyle, full stop. Josh and Ryan have their moments as well.
- Boom, Headshot: The shark in the parking garage is killed by a shotgun blast to the head.
- Contrived Coincidence: How two twelve-foot hyper-aggressive Great White Sharks both ended up in the same flooded convenience store is anyone's guess.
- Disaster Movie: Mixed with a killer shark film.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Jessup is bitten in half by one of the sharks as he is hanging above the water.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When an exposed power cord is threatening to almost electrocute everyone if it comes in contact with the water, Steven sacrifices himself to shut off the power.
- Hideous Hangover Cure: Rory hands Josh a jar with roots and brown liquid (his grandma's special cure) to his hangover in the opening.
- Infant Immortality: Of the animal kind. The dog is alive after it seems at first that it was eaten by a shark. It is, however, averted as well. Before the tsunami hits, we see a little girl having a yellow balloon tied to her wrist by Naomi. After the tsunami has hit, Naomi finds the balloon in the water, with the little girl nowhere to be seen, making her death very apparent.
- Male Gaze: Tina is introduced to the audience with her behind first.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: It's Deep Blue Sea... in a supermarket! In fact, this film bears a lot of similarities to a rejected script for a sequel to that movie, called Deep Red Sea. In it, people in a beach town would be menaced by a cluster of sharks after it becomes partly submerged.
- Super-Persistent Predator: The sharks persistently hunt the surviving humans. It becomes more believable at the end when it's revealed that the sharks were actually trapped in the convenience store along with the people and couldn't just swim away.
- Threatening Shark: The main nemesis. In fact, there are two of them, a plot point which isn't clear until two thirds of the way through.
- Tragic Keepsake: Josh holds on to Rory's necklace after his death.