A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No lessons to be learned here, other than that bad things sometimes happen and common sense isn't necessarily all that common. Very brief discussion of grief and "moving on" after the loss of a loved one.
Positive Role Models
A case could be made for Jaelyn having the strength to keep fighting all the way through the story, but, on the other hand, she's also often whimpering or whining "I don't know what to do!"
The main characters, a couple, are both White. The only other character who really appears onscreen for any length of time is a helpful Vietnamese fisherman who rescues Jaelyn and stitches up her leg before diving into the water to retrieve his traps, only to be eaten.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters killed. Sharks attack/snack on humans. Lots of blood swirling in the water. Severed hand. Bloody stumps. Stabbing sharks with pointy sticks or clumps of coral. Jump-scares. Stitching bloody wound, with squooshing noises. Flashback to death during childbirth, with bathtub full of blood. Cutting feet on broken glass, coral reef. Boat on fire. Character appears as a ghost. Characters in peril. Arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Married couple kisses. Woman in negligee, torn clothing.
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Several uses of "f--k," plus "motherf----r," "s--t," "ass," "goddamn," "damn," "balls," and "nuts." Several uses of "oh my God" or "God" as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Jug of clear liquor on fishing boat. Woman drinks, thinking it's water. Fisherman takes a swig, uses it for antiseptic on wound.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Requin is a shark attack movie, with a grieving couple (Alicia Silverstone and James Tupper) on vacation in Vietnam as the creatures' potential snacks. It's absolutely abysmal and includes lots of blood and gore (though it's largely fake-looking CG). Characters die, and viewers see severed limbs and bloody stumps, blood swirling in the water, humans attacking sharks with various weapons (including a pointy stick), people stitching up a bloody wound, and more. There are flashbacks to the main characters losing their daughter in childbirth, with a bathtub full of bloody water. Language is strong, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "damn," and more. The main characters kiss, and the woman is shown in a negligee and torn clothing. A character drinks from a jug of clear liquor on a fishing boat thinking it's water; the boat's captain takes a swig before using it as antiseptic on a wound. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Beyond the terrible writing, the shrill acting, the cheap-looking CGI, and the excruciatingly cruel backstory, this abominable shark movie commits the sin of barely even featuring any sharks. Considering that the movie is called The Requin -- which is a type of tropical shark -- you'd be forgiven for expecting that there ought to be some sharks showing up at least in the first hour. Instead, we have to suffer through a dippy pop song, a mournful music score, a couple grieving and mourning, some montages, and lots of scenes of Kyle being ineffectual and Jaelyn whimpering. The turning point is when they mutually decide that it would be a good idea to signal a passing ship by lighting a fire on their wooden raft. No kidding.
The first shark attack goes quickly when Jaelyn takes out two sharks with a pointy stick. (Again, not kidding.) And then we wait a painfully long time as they drift and sleep and get more and more sunburned and salt-encrusted. The climax is marred by bad, dislocated CG effects and jumpy shark footage. Ultimately, it's not clear which of the cinematic crimes the movie commits is worse: introducing us to characters who are dim and annoying and still expecting us to get on board with their story or using the death of a child as a way to gain sympathy. Either way, The Requin is surely one of the worst shark attack movies ever made, if not the worst. (Yes, that includes Jaws: The Revenge.)
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