A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A group of friends show teamwork and courage in the face of peril. Emotional resilience and compassion are also on display.
Positive Role Models
Nic shows resilience after a personal tragedy. Her friends are supportive during a difficult period for her. She and her friends are skilled and practical under stress.
The main cast is predominantly White, female, and Australian, with some ethnic diversity and males in supporting roles. The central female characters show resilience and courage. Discussion of trauma and depression.
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Violence & Scariness
Fishing with harpoons in open water. Physical and emotional abuse shown, including strangulation and bloody injury. Character experiences disturbing flashbacks and shows signs of post-traumatic stress. Bloody shark attacks and death but no gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters shown in bikini tops and swimwear.
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Language used includes "f--k," and "s--t." "God" is used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Brief discussion about being promised a stay in a four-star hotel, played for comic effect.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink cocktails. Unclear as to whether they contain alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Reef: Stalked is a thriller about a group of female Australian kayakers who are stalked by a shark and subsequently features near constant threat and occasional bloody violence. During a trip designed to help Nic (Teressa Liane) recover from a personal tragedy, the main characters show themselves to be brave and compassionate, only occasionally snapping at each other under pressure. Owing to Nic's trauma there is some discussion of mental health as her friends try to help her find her passion for kayaking and diving again. The violence is brief and mainly revolves around the main quartet of characters' battles with a killer shark. Death and some dead bodies are shown, as well as some bloody injury, but neither is graphic. There is also domestic violence, with a woman berated and killed by her partner. There is not much swearing, although as the tension increases, characters are more frequently use "f--k" and "s--t." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This standalone sequel to Australian writer-director Andrew Traucki's 2010's cult hit The Reef shares a title and a shark with its predecessor but not much else. The Reef: Stalked's mix of real-life and special effects footage of sharks -- which was one of the reasons the original movie was praised -- is also back. But this movie doesn't manage to repeat the slow-burning intrigue of its predecessor, with an uneven balance between the movie's action and thriller elements, and the emotional journey of its lead.
Liane does her best to keep Nic focused on the task at hand while processing a prior tragic loss. However, there's not enough backstory about her or the other characters to sustain them when they leave the shore. So, unsurprisingly, Jaws this isn't. The dialogue is mostly fraught and frenzied, as different characters attempt to bat away a killer shark armed with not much more than their kayak paddles and teamwork. The most remarkable aspect of the film is that for a 90-minute life-and-death battle, it lacks any sense of drama or danger.
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