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 re-conceived 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. The film is currently on hold.
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.
- The security guard who's first to fall victim can still reach for help... until he goes still and floats away from his arm.
- Asian Store-Owner: The supermarket owner is Chinese, but apparently second-generation or later since there's no accent.
- 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.
- Ditto for Kyle, the Jerk Jock who was willing to sacrifice his girlfriend's pooch to save his own ass.
- Bittersweet Ending: The remaining survivors have managed to escape the sharks and Tina and Josh's relationship seems to be on the mend, but there's still the devastation caused by the tsunami to deal with.
- Broken Bird: Jamie is the daughter of a cop who resorts to petty theft to vent her own grief and pain at the loss of her mother.
- Contrived Coincidence: How two twelve-foot hyper-aggressive Great White Sharks both ended up in the same flooded convenience store (one in the main store and one in the store's underground parking lot) is anyone's guess.
- Death of a Child: 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. Sheer timing suggests the little girl who's seen being snatched up from the beach as the wave approaches probably didn't make it either.
- Desolation Shot: The movie ends with a wide shot looking over the tsunami-devastated beach town after the survivors escape the shark-infested shopping centre that they were trapped in.
- Disaster Movie: Mixed with a killer shark film.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: The little dog barks at the submerged car's windows a few seconds before the shark comes into view. Hundreds of birds and another dog become agitated shortly before the tsunami.
- Giant Wall of Watery Doom: The tsunami, which actually kills a lot more (unnamed) people on-screen than survive to become shark food.
- 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.
- Improbable Infant Survival: Of the animal kind. The dog is alive after it seems at first that it was eaten by a shark.
- Jerkass: Kirby, making The Reveal that he was the masked robber who put the mask on a convenient corpse to fake his death easy to spot.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Doyle was taking part in a robbery, unlike Kirby, he never considers using one of the other survivors as bait and is shown more than once acting to save some of the others.
- Jump Scare: The movie ends with a painfully telegraphed one, when a seagull goes flying out low over the ocean and a third shark lunges out of the water at it and the camera.
- Male Gaze: Tina is introduced to the audience with her behind first.
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: Played with. The assistant manger, Julie, is killed by the masked robber, as are a number of unconfirmed women by the hurricane. However, when it comes to the main characters, all the major characters who die are male while all the female major characters survive.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Rory gives Josh a good-naturedly hard time for proposing to his sister, Tina.
- Papa Wolf: Todd may have been willing to send Jamie to prison to force her to face the consequences of her actions, but when in a life-or-death situation, he makes it clear that her safety is his priority.
- 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.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Despite Doyle having been in the middle of robbing the store when the wave hit, the rest of the survivors grudgingly accept his assistance in their efforts to survive.
- 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.
- Trapped with Monster Plot: A group of relative strangers have to work together to get out of a flooded supermarket with a shark swimming around.
- Twenty Minutes with Jerks: Par for the course really, but there's this annoying pair of Makeout Kids who get trapped in the carpark and wind up as the B-plot, outliving some of the supermarket survivors.