What's more, there's never really a sense of peril as Rendall doesn't allow the tension to build. Just when it starts to get edgy, the shark rockets out of the water and we become desensitised to the threat. In this regard, Rendall's naff horror is tactlessly over-engineered with CGI and little thought has gone into how we are made to feel claustrophobic and at risk. The 3D version of the film might help this, but it's a perfect example of how Bait relies on cheap gimmicks and lousy thrills. It's a struggle to find anything redeeming about Rendall's horror ordeal; the acting is phony, the writing spectacularly clichéd and the melodramatic soundtrack utterly misplaced.
The reason these elements fail so noticeably is that Rendall tries to force many different issues. When Bait's motley group are trapped, they start to reflect on their lives, their differences, and ultimately their imperfections (obviously it takes a tsunami to make people confront their flaws). This adds an extra dimension of triviality and detracts from the terror lurking in the water. What we're left with is a final product which is neither interesting nor amusing.