he Reef | 2010
Great Shark Horror Film


This was the official website for the Australian 2010 great shark horror film, The Reef.
Content is from the site's 2010 -2011 archived pages, as well as from other outside sources.



The Reef (2010) - Official Trailer
The Reef is a great sharks horror movie - coming from Australia. Think JAWS in open water.... A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

 

On the beautiful but dangerous waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, ship delivery man Luke and four friends chart a yacht to its new owner. Along the way, their ship is torn open by sharp rocks and begins to sink, leaving the passengers with a terrifying choice: stay on board with slim hope of rescue, or swim twelve miles to the nearest island through shark-infested waters. When they enter the water, an unstoppable, relentless Great White immediately follows their trail for a white-knuckle chase that will fill the waters with blood! From the director of the acclaimed monster hit Black Water comes a pulse-pounding, visually stunning thriller that never lets go until the final, heart-stopping scream!

 

Thousands visit set of THE REEF

November 6 2009, 10:00 pm
Simon de Bruyn
CONTRIBUTING WRITER; MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

In what was billed as a world first, Australian shark thriller The Reef opened up its set to the world this week with a compelling live stream that gave audiences a chance to see what happens on a film set. 

Over the six hour live sClapper.jpgtream - and via at least four separate cameras - viewers were shown around the set, watched live interviews with everyone from director Andrew Traucki, the cast and crew, and were able to submit their own questions via a live comment feed.

Thousands visit set of THE REEF
 


There was also some pre-recorded footage and interviews from the ocean-based shoots earlier this month, and a good deal of shark footage - which Traucki shot off the coast of Australia earlier this year. 

Even more incredibly, the RED camera The Reef is being shot on was hooked up to the live feed - so that viewers at home could watch (via a second camera) a scene being set up, with props, lighting, cast and all the on set banter between crew before cutting to the RED feed and watching the scene from the director and cinematographer's vantage point.

It's hard to describe just how incredible and immersive the experience was, but I haven't felt this buzzed about what I was seeing from a film set since Peter Jackson started his landmark series of video production diaries from the set of King Kong in 2005.

It was akin to watching DVD extras live, and the constant interaction between the people in front of the cameras and the audience gave the feeling we were on set with the cast and crew.

For anyone who missed it, selected footage will be online in coming weeks at http://www.reefmovie.com/

THE STORY

Kate, her brother Matt and his girlfriend Suzie arrive at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to meet up with Kate’s ex-lover Luke. Luke and his friend Warren deliver boats round the world for a living. Luke’s offered to take his three friends sailing for a week on a boat he has to deliver to Indonesia. On the water Kate and Luke’s relationship starts to reignite but it’s fraught with old conflicts. Dawn, the next day. Suddenly the boat flips. There is a frantic struggle to save themselves and get on to the overturned hull. On top of the hull they see that the keel has been ripped away.

Assessing the situation Luke decides their best chance for survival is to swim for a nearby island. Should they swim or should they stay? One of them refuses to go whilst the other four decide to try and make the island. As they swim they become aware that they are being stalked by a huge shark. Based on true events, THE REEF is a tense survival thriller that begs the question, what would I do in this situation?

SHARK CLIPS

Doing a story based on a real event means that you should treat it with as much of a sense of reality as you can. To the makers of The Reef that meant using real sharks in the film. If you really want to know what it feels like to be stalked by a real shark, you¹ve got to use a real shark!

The Reef team used Calypso Star Charters to get amongst the sharks. Here is some shark footage that was shot during the making of The Reef. In the first clip our camera ended up in the mouth of a 14ft white pointer, what was so amazing is that no one saw it coming.

 

CAST & CREW

ANDREW TRAUCKI photo

WRITER - DIRECTOR - PRODUCER

ANDREW TRAUCKI
Andrew kicked off his film career running his own production company STILL LIFE VIDEO making bunches of music clips and corporate videos. In the mid nineties he co-produced and co-directed the awa..
 
DAMIAN WALSHE-HOWLING photo

'LUKE'

DAMIAN WALSHE-HOWLING
One of Australias most accomplished actors, Damian Walshe-Howling has an impressive list of film and television credits. Damian most recently gained critical notoriety with his performance in Unde..
 
 
ZOE NAYLOR photo

'KATE'

ZOE NAYLOR
Zoe Naylor is perhaps best known in Australia for her role as co-host on the 7 Networks Gladiators and for her role as Regan McLeod in McLeods Daughters, the long running and much-loved 9 Network ..
 
 
GYTON GRANTLEY photo

'MATT'

GYTON GRANTLEY
Gyton Grantley is best known to date for his portrayal of Carl Williams in the highly acclaimed television show 'Underbelly'. Gyton is currently appearing in the feature Balibo,based on the true s..
 
ADRIENNE PICKERING photo

'SUZIE'

ADRIENNE PICKERING
Adrienne Pickering graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) in 2003, where her credits included La Ronde, St. Kilda Tales, Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret..
 
KIERAN DARCY-SMITH photo

'WARREN'

KIERAN DARCY-SMITH
Kieran has been active both in front of and behind the camera since graduating from drama school in Sydney in 1995. He co-founded Blue-Tongue Films in 1996 (partners include director Nash Edgerton..
 
 
MICHAEL ROBERTSON photo

PRODUCER

MICHAEL ROBERTSON
Prodigy Movies is headed by Michael Robertson, a player in the Australian film industry since the 1980s as a writer, director and producer. A graduate of the University of New South Wales with pos..
 
TIARE TOMASZEWSKI photo

LINE PRODUCER

TIARE TOMASZEWSKI
Tiare Tomaszewski has been a creative force in the film industry for over 20 years, producing international commercials through her company Beach House Films, while concurrently developing her por..
 
CALYPSO STAR CHARTERS photo

A SPECTACULAR ONE DAY ADVENTURE

CALYPSO STAR CHARTERS
CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE. (http://www.sharkcagediving.com.au/default.htm) The bait hits the water, then the action begins!! We often have had Great Whites around the boat before hanging back o..

 

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REVIEWS

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer CRITICS 79% | AUDIENCE 40%

 

The Reef (April 21/13)
David Nusair Reel Film Reviews | reelfilm.com/e1thr5.htm#reef

The Reeffollows four vacationing friends (Damian Walshe-Howling's Luke, Gyton Grantley's Matt, Adrienne Pickering's Suzie, and Zoe Naylor's Kate) as they head out into the ocean on a small sailboat, with the film subsequently detailing the characters' efforts at swimming to safety after the ship hits an underwater rock and capsizes. It's a premise that's been used to stellar effect in movies like Open Water and its in-name-only sequel, which subsequently ensures that The Reef's deliberately-paced first half fares rather poorly - as filmmaker Andrew Traucki offers up a selection of underwhelming, underdeveloped characters that remain virtually interchangeable from start to finish. (It is, in particular, quite difficult to distinguish between the film's two female characters, with the viewer's inability to sympathize with their plight growing more and more problematic as time progresses.) There's little doubt, however, that Traucki does a nice job of peppering the proceedings with admittedly tense sequences (eg Luke's efforts at retrieving supplies from the boat are threatened by encroaching sharks), with the sporadically tense atmosphere going a long way towards compensating for the palpable lack of momentum in the movie's midsection (ie there's an awful lot of infighting and scheming during this section of the narrative). And although the film's final stretch is unexpectedly engrossing, The Reef has been saddled with an abrupt and anticlimactic conclusion that's compounded by the inclusion of a low-rent (and made-for-TV-like) text coda - which ultimately cements the movie's place as a passable yet disappointing wildlife thriller.

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... squirm-worthy survival adventure ... Go ahead, take the plunge. 'The Reef' is an authentic nail-biter (toe-nibbler?) that lives up to its fun come-on: 'Pray that you drown first.'
Jul 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
Glenn Lovell | CinemaDope

The Reef

Blue Water, White Death

It ranks right up there with our top two or three primal fears ‒ finding oneself alone in the middle of the ocean, no land in sight …  legs dangling tantalizingly. Prime fish bait. Spielberg and Peter Benchley capitalized on this in the Amity beach sequences in “Jaws.” Chris Kentis provided a worthy variation in “Open Water,” a Caribbean-set thriller inspired by the forgotten-divers scenario that happened for real on the Great Barrier Reef.

Now paddling into view is “The Reef” (Image DVD), an equally squirm-worthy survival adventure from Aussie writer-director Andrew Traucki, who previously scored with the killer-croc thriller “Black Water.” Again said to be based on a true story, this variation considers an unlucky quintet thrown together on what’s supposed to be a leisurely voyage to deliver a sailboat. Not on the itinerary: the shallow reef that shreds the keel.

As was the case with the three sightseers stuck in a tree in “Black Water,” it now comes down to do we stay put or dangle our little piggies in the water? Cling to the hull, which is floating farther out to sea and will probably sink in a few hours, or paddle the (maybe) 10-12 miles to shore?

Luke (Damian Walshe-Howling), the guy entrusted with delivering the boat, wants to swim for it. First-mate Warren (Kieran Darcy-Smith) says nothing doing; he knows what manner of predator lurks below. He’ll stay put and wait for help. Luke’s friends, lovebirds Matt (Gyton Grantley) and Suzie (Adrienne Pickering), swallow hard and flutter-kick. Kate (Zoe Naylor), who once had a thing for Luke, first says no, then yes, and joins the others in the water.

Befitting its generic title, “The Reef” is an economical, no-nonsense thriller that’s beautifully shot, above and below water, and nicely under-played by all, especially Walshe-Howling, whose leathery exterior masks moments of indecision, and Pickering, as good as Veronica Cartwright in “Alien” at registering abject terror when, as it must, a dorsal fin breaks the surface.

Writer Traucki has served director Traucki well. With a minimum of fuss ‒ i.e. character development, melodrama ‒ we’re tossed into the water and asked to fend for ourselves. Once again, this stripped-down, tightly plotted approach pays dividends. It makes the material more sinister, less manipulative or exploitive. It also makes us feel that anything can happen, anyone can buy it, because Traucki hasn’t gone the formulaic “Poseidon Adventure” route and organized the menu according to billing. His characters, treading water over the abyss, are all eminently munch-able.

Go ahead, take the plunge. “The Reef,” while not nearly as grim as Traucki’s earlier tour of Australia’s mango swamp, is an authentic nail-biter (toe-nibbler?). It certainly lives up to its cheeky come-on: “Pray that you drown first.”

THE REEF  With Damian Walshe-Howling, Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering, Gyton Grantley. Directed, written by Andrew Traucki. 88 min. Rated R (but could be PG-13, for slight profanity, artfully suggested ocean attacks)

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The Reef (2010) Movie Review

Lacking the compelling drama and survival horror kick of its cousin Open Water, The Reef is brisk and reasonably involving, but pretty middling, too.

Jul 16, 2011 | Rating: C+
Eugene Novikov | Film Blather

the reef film summary

Title: The Reef
Year: 2010
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Play time: 1h 34min 
Director: Andrew Traucki
Starring: Kieran Darcy-Smith, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor, Damian Walsh-Howling

Stalked by Flesh Eating Sharks in The Reef (2010)

Screened at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival, in Andrew Traucki’s mildly entertaining The Reef, a group of Aussies stranded on a capsized sailboat drifting out to sea decide to swim for land, and are stalked by a large shark that tries to eat them. Occasionally it succeeds. The end.

A Great Setup

I just read Laurence Gonzalez’s Deep Survivalwhich is all about decision making in life-threatening situations, The Reef‘s set-up fascinated me. Staying on the capsized sailboat means drifting farther and farther from land while praying a plane or ship chances upon you; swimming for an island well out of sight seems equally crazy, especially in the face of a dire warning from a veteran fisherman in the party.

The Reef Lacks Elements of Survival Horror

(“I’m not getting in that water.”) While the characters hash this out, punctuated by terrifically suspenseful interludes of diving into the boat’s submerged cabin for supplies, the movie is riveting. When it ventures into the open sea, it’s less so, mostly because there are a limited number of ways to depict the threat of a shark attack — a splash here, a fin there, an underwater glimpse, cue screaming, etc. Lacking the compelling drama and survival horror kick of its cousin Open Water, The Reef is brisk and reasonably involving, but pretty middling, too.

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The Australian tourist industry will hate it but The Reef is an extremely effective watery horror/thriller.

Mar 28, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5
Thomas Caldwell | Cinema Autopsy

the reef film summary

Alfred Hitchcock once explained the nature of suspense by describing a scenario where the audience see a bomb being planted and therefore knowing that during the subsequent scene it will go off at any moment. The Reef creates its thrills in the same way. We know that the characters are in shark-infested waters while they attempt to swim to land after their boat has capsized. We know an attack is inevitable but we don’t know how, when and who will survive. It’s nerve-wracking stuff.

The Reef is written, directed and produced by the very talented Andrew Traucki, who was also one half of the team behind the underrated yet equally impressive crocodile film Black Water. Actual shark footage and footage of the actors are blended together seamlessly with advanced blue screen technology and skilful editing, removing the need for CGIs and making the threat real and immediate. The characters are convincingly developed, likeable and well acted so that we genuinely feel concern for them. The Australian tourist industry will hate it but The Reef is an extremely effective watery horror/thriller.

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AUDIENCE REVIEWS

*½ Sergio E  December 7, 2010
There is nothing really to watch on "The Reef". OK, it's a tragedy, boat accident happened, people left in open water, and then a not really big and not even scary shark came over, ate most of them, movie end.

I could have guessed most of them are dead and only one live to tell the story, or where is the real story come from? LOL~~~ So come on, give me something unpredictable! BUT THERE IS NONE!

There are definitely desperate girls screaming, a smart guy trying sort out the situation but obviously failed. The shark ate them one by one by one by one, now the movie ended. And I saved you $$. Now go watch another one.

In 2003, director Chris Kentis took advantage of the return of low budget movies to unleash something that drew much interest: Open Water. It was a short film, slowly paced, focusing entirely on two characters played by somewhat unknown actors, trying to survive sharks in the water. It was some kind of hit and a few years later, an unrelated sequel (Open Water 2) to cash in was made, following roughly the formula but without the heart. A year after that, we were treated to the same kind low-tech filmmaking but this time featuring a crocodile. It was directed by David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki and aptly titled Black Water (follow the cashing-in pattern here?).

It is now 2010 and the same director Traucki, of Black Water is back. Despite not calling this one "Death Water" or something similarly inane, we're back to the same formula Chris Kentis originally created. What is weird is that Traucki goes even closer to the original Open Water than his previous rip-off did.

The formula is roughly the same. We're quickly introduced to the five main characters without much character development or semblance of a plot. They sail away and end up in a predicament when they must swim their way back to shore. That's when (surprise) they are confronted to a big, fierce shark roaming and looking for a snack.

The pacing is slow, following this sub-genre tropes but there is no tension buildup. Proof that Traucki misses the point of the 2003 original. Alarmingly, this is even a setback for Traucki as Black Water at least featured interesting terrain, giving more options to his characters, who were also more lifelike and interesting. Here, there is very little to redeem the movie.

I would venture to say watching the still classic Jaws, the original Open Water and even Traucki's first rip-off, Black Water, will satisfy viewers much more than watching this new entry. It never makes me happy to give a low score to filmmakers on a budget who must use guerilla marketing and creativity to produce and promote their movies. But at the same time, one has to bring something new to the plate and this movie doesn't.

After seven years of the same film repackaged time after time, these waters aren't fresh anymore and The Reef water is stale!

Luke welcomes his friend Matt and his girlfriend Suzie that come from London and Matt's sister and Luke's former girlfriend Kate that comes from Sydney to sail with him and the sailor Warren in a sailboat. However, the vessel hits an underwater rock and capsizes with an opening on her bottom. Luke advises that they should swim in the north direction to reach the Turtle Island, in Queensland, Australia, while they have strength since there is a current moving the boat in the opposite direction of land but Warren prefers to stay on the hull waiting for help since there are sharks in the water. The quartet swims, but they are hunted by a great white shark.

A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

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* Mirco H December 3, 2010
OMG, this movie is unbelievable boring!

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*** Salman M December 3, 2010
The Reef is nothing like Jaws but is as scary... the POV direction style is really amazing...

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* Maha M December 2, 2010
Lame the best thing was the blue sea :P

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*** ½  Kitellu keith g  November 30, 2010
'The Reef' is one of the best movies I have seen recently about sharks; mind it isn't 'Jaws' but I really enjoyed watching it. It is very suspenseful and thrilling at the same time. The characters do not really have much to do here since it is based on a true story..... We follow a group of people who their yacht was wrecked and they decide to swim in the ocean in search of an island they had previously been on. There may be certain quibbles that I personally did not like but all in all this is a movie worth watching, especially those who love watching these types of movies!

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*** ½ Jenni P  November 30, 2010
Luke welcomes his friend Matt and his girlfriend Suzie that come from London and Matt's sister and Luke's former girlfriend Kate that comes from Sydney to sail with him and the sailor Warren in a sailboat. However, the vessel hits an underwater rock and capsizes with an opening on her bottom. Luke advises that they should swim in the north direction to reach the Turtle Island, in Queensland, Australia, while they have strength since there is a current moving the boat in the opposite direction of land but Warren prefers to stay on the hull waiting for help since there are sharks in the water. The quartet swims, but they are hunted by a great white shark.

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** AppleBee T November 25, 2010
I dont like sharks and they don't me neither :D

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*** ½Chris R November 25, 2010
good film, a few really scary moments because of the tension built up, if you like movies like adrift or any like that its really good. A group of friends boat starts sinking in the ocean & they try & swim to land and get hunted by a shark, sounds like it would be crap but dont feel like swiming right now l.

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*** Daisy M November 24, 2010
The Reef fell in the category of the Jaws movies, but it did not have many similarities to Jaws but many to Open Water, so if you liked that one, you would definitely like The Reef. The story was an easy one to follow, a boat capsized and started to sink, and the group of people on the boat decided to swim for an island. What made The Reef stand out from Open Water, there was much more shark time, and you actually got to see the shark in good angles And somehow you started to cheer on when you see the shark, because the movie was constantly building up suspense and thrills, and you just want these to end. And I must say there were some nice peaks to these thrills, trust me. Well, I won't ruin anything and say what it was, but I liked it because it showed human nature caught in a hopeless situation. The dialogue was pretty good and the actors portrayed their characters very well in a very believable manner.

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IMDb User Reviews

User Review
 
A Tense and Realistic Combination of "Open Water" and "Jaws"
7 November 2010 | by claudio_carvalho
Luke (Damian Walshe-Howling) welcomes his friend Matt (Gyton Grantley) and his girlfriend Suzie ( Adrienne Pickering) that come from London and Matt's sister and Luke's former girlfriend Kate (Zoe Naylor) that comes from Sydney to sail with him and the sailor Warren (Kieran Darcy-Smith) in a sailboat. However, the vessel hits an underwater rock and capsizes with an opening on her bottom. Luke advises that they should swim in the north direction to reach the Turtle Island, in Queensland, Australia, while they have strength since there is a current moving the stranded boat in the opposite direction of land but Warren prefers to stay on the hull waiting for help since there are sharks in the water. The quartet swims, but they are hunted by a great white shark.

"The Reef" is a tense and realistic combination of "Open Water" and "Jaws". The performances are top-notch and transmit the sensation of fear to the viewer and the attacks of the white shark are impressively real. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Perigo em Alto-Mar" ("Danger in High Sea")

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