THE REQUIN – Review by Susan Granger

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Occasionally – thankfully, not often – survival stories are so lame and ridiculous that one wonders why and how they were ever green-lit for financing and production. The Requin is one of those.

The saga begins as Jaelyn (Alicia Silverstone) and Kyle (James Tupper) arrive for a much needed getaway at a luxurious tropical resort in Vietnam, even if it is ‘off-season.’

Whining Jaelyn is still suffering PTSD from a recent trauma in which she lost their newborn during a home-birthing attempt gone wrong. “The baby didn’t have a heartbeat,” Kyle reminds her, “so she didn’t have a chance.”

Hoping to assuage Jaelyn’s feelings of guilt, Kyle paid extra to secure an overwater bungalow with stunning panoramic views. Yet when they decide to take a quick swim, Kyle cuts his leg on some coral.

Nevertheless, as they settle into their quarters, a horrific monsoon develops. While wind batters the walls, their floating villa becomes separated from the flimsy wooden bridge connecting it to the beach and drifts off into the sea.

So they’re totally stranded. Jaelyn is frantic since Kyle’s bloody leg is now badly infected, eventually attracting ravenous sharks. Before the sharks appear, however, there’s a jump scare involving a school of fish and another involving a dolphin.

Although Vietnamese-American writer/director Le-Van Keit (Furie) works with cinematographer Matt S. Bell to utilize every scenic advantage of their supposedly exotic location, the result – filmed mostly at Orlando Studios in Florida – is disappointingly formulaic, and the cheesy shark CGI reeks of carnivorous cost-cutting.

FYI: ‘Requin’ describes tropical sea sharks, characterized by a nictitating membrane (transparent third eyelid) and a tail fin in which the upper lobe is larger than the lower.

On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, The Requin is a tediously paced, disappointing 2 – relegated to Redbox kiosks and streaming on Vudu, Prime Video and Apple TV

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.