Spoiler-Free Review of “Maneater” (2022) on Demand: Cheesy Shark Flick has its Moments

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“When a shark tastes something it likes, it doesn’t leave…”

Maneater released on demand on August 26th 2022. The survival horror film stars Nicky Whelan, Shane West, Trace Adkins, and Jeff Fahey. It runs for approximately an hour and twenty-seven minutes.

A group of friends camp at a remote island for the night, but soon realize that a great white shark is stalking them.

Here is the trailer:

Maneater doesn’t take too long to show off its toothy star, but does this film do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

Images courtesy of Saban Films

The shark shows up right away…

I’m really glad we didn’t have to wait too long for the shark to show up in this film. There was minimal set-up before we saw the first attack, which was really cheesy and extra, but entertaining nonetheless. A lot of shark films lately have been waiting too long for things to happen, but this was a nice change of pace.

The second half is a lot stronger than the first.

The first half of this film was painful to get through. I thought that this drastically changed by the time we got to the action-packed second half, which was much better. This redeemed the film in a lot of ways and made me like some of the characters more than I initially did. I wouldn’t say that I witnessed anything extraordinary in the shark genre, but it was still a lot of fun.

The Cons:

Images courtesy of Saban Films

Really painful acting…

The dialogue was cringe-worthy and the acting was overdone and excessive. I’m also not sure why we decided to bench our best player in this one…Jeff Fahey. He needed a much bigger role and was the main reason why I tuned in!

None of the characters were really likable at all so it didn’t matter when the shark had its fun with them. They were all basically interchangeable…

So am I in or out?

Images courtesy of Saban Films

I’m 50/50 on this one…

There’s plenty of cheesy fun shark attacks to indulge in, but the over-acting and bad dialogue is painful to get through. The second half of the film is a lot better than the first so you may be better of fast-forwarding through the set-up in the beginning. I promise you won’t miss much.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Maneater in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


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