Amazon definitely has my shopping trends pegged. Anytime I go on their site, they always point out movies that I would be interested in, or already own. Today’s movie is one such item that popped up on my feed a year or two ago. Since Dolph Lundgren has kind of had a career revitalization with The Expendables movies, I decided to go ahead and pick this movie up. Let’s see if that idea was worth it as I watch today’s movie, Shark Lake.
The plot: At Alpine Lake, the police, led by Meredith Hernandez, are raiding the home of Clint Gray, a black market dealer in exotic species. When they enter the house, they find Clint’s young daughter Carly in her bed but Clint tries to escape in his van. As he is driving, Clint calls his client to try and arrange delivery of the cargo he is carrying but as he tries to evade the police, he ends up crashing into the lake and as he swims to shore, a shark is seen swimming out of the crashed van behind him. Clint is captured by Meredith and her partner and as they are writing up the reports, Meredith is keeping an eye on Carly and asks who is coming to pick her up and her partner tells her Child Services, as she has no living relatives aside from Clint. 5 years later, Clint is paroled from prison and Meredith, who has adopted Carly, begins receiving calls from Child Services about arranging supervised visits between Carly and Clint. Carly goes to her old partner Lewis Galloway, who is now the police chief, and asks him to do something to help keep Clint away from Carly, as she feels Clint would be a danger to Carly. Lewis tells her it is the law but relents and says he will see what he can do. Meanwhile, an old man panning for gold on the lake shore is killed and when his wife gets to his body, she finds the arm had been ripped off. When Meredith gets there, Lewis tells her the wife believes it was a bear attack but Meredith is unsure that that was what happened. Elsewhere, Clint returns to his home to find to men waiting for him saying that their employer, Don Barnes, wants to meet with him. Clint refuses to go and when they try to use force, Clint breaks the arm of one man while grabbing the gun from the other one, then forces them at gunpoint to leave the house. Meredith and Carly go out for lunch and as they are eating, Carly is asking questions about the attack, as one of the kids from school had been talking about it. A man sitting nearby overhears their conversation and as Carly goes to the restroom, he introduces himself to Meredith as Peter Mayes, a marine biologist who is testing some gear at the lake. That night, during a bonfire party at the lake shore, two kids go off alone into the water but as they are fooling around, the boy is killed. The next day, Peter is diving in the lake and comes across the arm of victim, which he takes back to show Meredith. Meredith and Peter head to the lake, where Lewis is holding a press conference about the capture of a bear in the area, and warn everyone to get out of the water, just as a parasailer has her foot bitten off. Later, Peter is explaining to Lewis about how bull sharks can live in the lake but Lewis wants to know how it got there, as there are no rivers or streams connecting the lake to a waterway. Meanwhile, Clint stops by Meredith’s house to speak with Meredith but after her mother tells him she isn’t there and he isn’t welcome there, he leave, but not before he sees Carly watching from the top of the stairs. The next day, Don and his men pay a visit to Clint, and Don is upset about the bull shark being in the lake, as Clint was supposed to deliver the shark to Don 5 years ago. Don demands that Clint capture the shark, threatening Carly as a means of convincing Clint to meet his demands. Meanwhile, Meredith goes to see Lewis about getting a restraining order for Clint but he is busy talking to Garreth Lee, a shark hunter who was brought in to capture the shark, but Meredith feels like Garreth is too arrogant for his own good. After Lewis refuses to give her the restraining order, Meredith heads to Clint’s house but find him gone, as he has already headed out on the lake to try and hunt the shark. Meredith keeps looking around the house, eventually finding a photo of a bull shark on Clint’s basement wall as well as a bullet, which she later determines goes to a Soviet underwater assault rifle. Meanwhile, Lewis goes with Garreth and his cameraman out onto the lake to hunt the shark and when they find it, Garret and his camerman head into the water to go after it, only for Garreth to be attacked and killed by two other sharks they weren’t aware of, while the cameraman is killed by the first shark. Meredith had gone to Peter’s hotel room to voice her suspicions about Clint being responsible for the bull shark being in the lake 5 years ago and as they watch the video of Garreth’s attack, he explains to Lewis that the bull shark was pregnant when it went into the lake and apparently two of it’s pups survived. Meanwhile, Carly sneaks into Meredith’s office and looks up Clint’s address and then sneaks out of the house and rides her bike there while Meredith’s mother is walking the dog. Meredith goes out for a drink with Peter after they fail to convince Lewis not to post the bounty on the sharks as it will end up with more deaths on their hands. When they get back to Meredith’s house, Meredith heads inside but when she sees a shark heading for her mother in the lake, she quickly grabs a shotgun and kills it. When Meredith’s mother goes back into the house and finds Carly is missing, Meredith radios for an officer to go check Clint’s house as she drives over there with Peter. The officer doesn’t see Clint there at first but when Clint pulls up in his truck and heads towards his boat he follows him and tries to arrest him for Carly’s kidnapping. Clint is surprised to hear about Carly being missing but when Carly appears, having been hiding on the boat, and distracts the officer, Clint disarms him and then throws him off the boat before heading out into the lake. Clint then talks with Carly for a little bit and tells her that he has to take her home as her mom will be worried but when Carly asks why they are going the other way, he tells her they are taking the scenic route. Meredith and Peter arrive at Clint’s house just as he is leaving and they head back to the dock to get Peter’s boat to go after them. As they are leaving the harbor, they encounter a man on a jet ski that is going out to try and catch the sharks but the man ignores their warnings to stay out of the water. As Meredith and Peter search the lake for Clint’s boat, the jet ski crashes into their boat, knocking Peter out of it. Peter goes to help the jet ski driver but one of the sharks attacks the man and kills him while Peter swims back to the boat. With their boat sinking, Peter fashions himself a weapon to use as they try to swim the shore. They are attacked by one of the remaining sharks but Peter manages to stab it to death with his makeshift spear, only to be killed by the last shark. As the shark swims towards Meredith, she is pulled out of the water by Clint and dragged onto his boat. After demanding to see Carly, Meredith argues with Clint about having her out there but Clint says he was going to bring her back to Meredith, as he doesn’t have a problem with her raising Carly. When Meredith says that it is Clint’s fault that people died, Clint says he knows and that is why he is there to fix it. The shark starts attacking the boat and Carly is knocked into the water. Clint dives in to save her and as Meredith drags Carly onto the boat, Clint fends off the shark and ends up being bitten in the shoulder. After making sure Carly is safe, Meredith dives into the water and shoots the shark to save Clint. As they make their way to shore, Meredith tells Clint that he should go, as she doesn’t want him to be arrested again, but Clint says he is tired of running and chooses to stay and face the consequences. As his injuries are being tended to, Meredith pleads for leniency on Clint’s behalf to Lewis and Lewis agrees to release Clint in exchange for his help in providing information to capture Don.
This was a decent movie to watch. The acting was good, with Dolph Lundgren (Clint), Sara Malakul Lane (Meredith), and Michael Aaron Milligan (Peter) doing good jobs in their roles. The story was pretty good, doing a great job in explaining how the shark got into the lake. The human drama regarding Meredith’s fear and over-protectiveness of Carly regarding her father actually worked in well with the main plot, serving as a great way to close out the movie and bring Meredith and Clint onto the same page, as they both want to keep Carly safe. The one downside with this movie were the special effects regarding the sharks, as they definitely looked overly fake. Since the movie was made in a fairly serious tone, you couldn’t really laugh at them for being bad, unlike in some of the other over the top movies where the sharks are sometimes intentionally designed to look cheap just to up the ridiculous factor of the movie. Still, this isn’t a bad movie and is worth checking out if there is nothing else on.
Rating: 3 out of 5