One thing that happens with B Movies or direct-to-video movies is that some studios will reuse footage from previous movies in newer releases as a way of cutting costs. My favorite example of this is Raptor, where all the dinosaur footage is from the three Carnosaur movies and makes for some hilarious script writing to explain some of it. Today’s movie is somewhat similar as it uses a lot of footage from the Shark Attack trilogy, as well as some generic shark footage from nature shows. Let’s see how well the utilize the recycled footage in today’s movie, Shark Zone.
The plot: In 1712, the Spanish trade ship, Santa Cruz, was sailing from Barcelona towards the New World but they encountered a terrible storm, which blew the ship off course and caused it to crash into an uncharted reef and sink off the coast of what will become San Francisco, carrying it’s cargo of diamonds to the bottom of the ocean. In 2003, retired Navy SEAL Andrew Wagner, along with his son Jimmy, is guiding a group of divers to the wreck, though they seem intent on ignoring his warnings, especially a cocky man named Tyler. Tyler and his wife, Riley, swim ahead of the others and enter the wreck but as they separate at the wreck, Tyler is killed by a great white. As more sharks appear and start killing the rest of the group, Andrew tells Jimmy to swim to the surface just before he is killed by a shark. Jimmy makes it to the surface and signals the helicopter to pick him up, being picked up by the winch just before a shark bites him. 10 years later, Jimmy is now married with a child of his own and works as the head lifeguard for San Francisco’s beaches but is constantly plagued by nightmares about sharks. Jimmy is called into the mayor’s office, where Mayor John Cortell introduces Jimmy to a man named Volkoff, who is interested in getting Jimmy’s help in locating the diamonds on the Santa Cruz. Jimmy refuses to do so, causing Volkoff to leave and Cortell argues with Jimmy about his decision, as Volkoff is a wealthy investor and the city could use the money he is spending. Changing subjects, Cortell talks with Jimmy about the safety measures for the beach next week and Jimmy says that everything is fine but Cortell doesn’t want Jimmy to cause a panic like he did last year concerning sharks near the beach. Later, Jimmy is patrolling the ocean in a helicopter when he sees some sharks heading towards the beach and warns the lifeguard station to get people out of the water but several people are still killed by the sharks. Jimmy takes some of the wreckage from the attacks to Cortell’s office and tells him that they need to close the beaches but Cortell refuses, saying that they can’t afford to have them closed. Jimmy goes to see three of his diver friends and asks if they want to help him get rid of the sharks and they all say yes, agreeing to meet at the marina in the morning to head out there. As they leave in the morning, they are observed by Volkoff, who is having breakfast with Cortell, and Volkoff asks if Jimmy will succeed, threatening to pull his funding of the upcoming festival. As the divers prepare to head into the cages, Jimmy tells them he wants to tag a couple of the sharks in order to see where they go and find out if there are any more out there. The divers head into the cages, with Jimmy keeping watch on the boat but when he sees several sharks approaching the cages, he warns the divers about them. The sharks begin attacking the cages, breaking into one of them and killing one of the divers. The other divers leave the cages and try swimming back to the boat but they are both killed by the sharks. Returning to the shore, Cortell meets with Jimmy as he is unloading his gear and Jimmy says that the beaches are closed until he says otherwise and Cortell agrees, for now. That night, as people are starting to celebrating the festival, Jimmy is getting drunk in the bar when Volkoff sits down next to him. Volkoff tries again to get Jimmy to take him to the Santa Cruz but Jimmy still refuses. After Volkoff leaves, Jordan, the bartender, offers to help Jimmy kill the sharks and Jimmy accepts his help. The next day, Jimmy and Jordan head out into the water to hunt the sharks when they encounter a group of windsurfers out on the ocean. When the sharks start attacking the surfers, Jimmy and Jordan manage to rescue one of them, while tagging several of the sharks as they get near the boat. Heading back to shore, they board a helicopter so they can track the sharks, then use explosives to kill them. That night, Jimmy and Jordan are celebrating killing the sharks and Cortell asks Jimmy if it is safe to open the beaches. Jimmy would like to ensure there are no more sharks out there but reluctantly gives the ok, and Cortell holds a press conference to announce the beaches are reopened. The next day, Volkoff tries one last time to get Jimmy to take him to the Santa Cruz and when he refuses, Volkoff orders his men to kidnap Danny. Carrie, Jimmy’s wife, calls to tell him about Danny’s abduction just as Volkoff calls and tells him where to meet. When Jimmy gets on Vokoff’s ship, he tries to fight off Volkoff’s men but is easily overpowered. Vokoff then explains that his brother Igor was the pilot that worked with Andrew and rescued Jimmy, which is how he knew about the Santa Cruz. Jimmy then shows them where the Santa Cruz is located and explain how to get there. 3 of Volkoff’s men dive into the water and after reaching the ship, they report finding the diamonds but they are killed before they can bring them to the surface. Jimmy mocks Volkoff’s situation but Volkoff grabs Danny and threatens to throw him into the water unless Jimmy goes down there to get the diamonds. Jimmy does so, accompanied by the last of Volkoff’s men, and he finds the diamonds, then kills Volkoff’s man after he tries to kill him. Jimmy sneaks back onto the ship and attack’s Volkoff, knocking him into the water but Volkoff manages to shoot him in the side. Volkoff is killed by a shark while Jimmy manages to rescue Danny and they get off the ship before it explodes, due to an errant shot by Volkoff starting a fire. As they make their way back to the city, Danny comments that his grandfather would have been proud of how brave Jimmy was and Jimmy says the same about Danny. Some time later, Jimmy, Carrie, and Danny are on a cruise, with Danny having overcome his fear of the water and Jimmy is also doing better regarding his own fears, in spite of a brief moment where he imagined seeing a shark coming out of the pool.
This movie is about as original as the footage they recycled, which means not very original at all. Aside from that, this was a pretty boring movie to be honest. The acting was ok, with the only one really standing out being Velizar Binev (Volkoff), who was pretty good in his role. The story was a completely overused stereotype; a group of people trying to find a lost treasure and resorting to kidnapping to force someone to help them. This isn’t even original regarding the sharks aspect, as there are some other movies using this exact same premise. The used footage from the Shark Attack movies was kind of funny to watch, especially in my case as I had just watched those movies recently, but it felt like they had to work a little harder to work the old footage in sometimes. All in all, this is about as generic a low budget shark movie that you will ever find and you would be better off watching something else.
Rating: 2 out of 5