Spoiler-Free Review of “Great White” on Shudder: Katrina Bowden vs. a Shark

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

“Maybe it will go away…”

Great White originally released in July 2021, but it is now currently available to stream on Shudder. The survival horror film stars Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, and Tim Kano. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

A tourist trip turns deadly when a group winds up stalked by an unrelenting shark as they desperately try to make it to shore.

Here is the trailer:

Great White presents us with another survival shark story, but does it have enough bite? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Solid opening and ending.

The first few minutes of the film were actually really terrifying and well done. I was immediately hooked and ready to indulge in another shark film (one of my favorite genres). The end was actually really satisfying as well and I thought that there was enough action in it to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Characters to root for.

I’ve probably seen every shark film there is and some of the films have extraordinary characters that you root for against all odds and others have some of the most generic and annoying characters ever.

While I wouldn’t say that we have found our next Quint, Brody or Hooper by any means, the group was likable enough and I genuinely cared about what happened to them…well at least some of them.

The Cons:

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Really dumb decisions are made…

Even though I enjoyed this movie and several of the characters, there were some really dumb mistakes made that had me scratching my head. A lot of this could have been avoided with some common sense…

I also thought that some of the intentionally placed flashbacks were basically thrown out of the movie at one point and it had me wondering why we should focus on them in the first place…

Lacking bite in the middle.

I really thought that this film had a lot of entertaining moments, but the middle of the film fell flat and even though I was terrified, I wanted to see some more fins to break up some of the constant complaining and whining going on. The movie also didn’t really do anything that original or different compared to other shark movies.

Was it entertaining? Sure, but I love shark movies. I thought that there were some sprinkles of greatness here and there, but I needed a lot more and the core of the film needed more content to keep me invested.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I’m all for a bloody fun shark film and that’s what we got for the most part. I actually really enjoyed the ending of the movie and there were some really terrifying moments throughout the film.

If you enjoy shark movies, I’d recommend giving this a whirl but don’t expect to see anything truly outside the box with this one.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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