Film Review — Something in the Water

Hayley Easton-Street’s debut features effective shark attack shlock

Simon Dillon
Simon Dillon Cinema

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Credit: StudioCanal UK

I’m not one for “trigger warnings” (if you’ll forgive my use of an obscenity) but if you’ve seen the trailer for Something in the Water, you’d be forgiven for thinking you know exactly what kind of low-budget shark attack shlock to expect. However, this caught me off guard in the opening, in which one character suffers a horrific homophobic attack, the most shocking thing about the entire film. As such, I’m breaking with tradition, and adding a rare warning.

Audience expectation is important. Whilst I have no sympathy with someone who goes to see, say, an Evil Dead film, and is offended by the buckets of gore, given that this is (for the rest of the running time) a nuts-and-bolts shark attack film, it’s worth pointing out this tougher element at the very start. It isn’t gratuitous in the overall context, but at the beginning, you’d be forgiven for thinking you might have gone into the wrong screen by mistake.

To the matter at hand, I noticed several rather poor reviews for Something in the Water. That’s a shame, as I think it actually works perfectly well. A group of five young women head to the Caribbean to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Lizzie (Lauren Lyle). The other four friends comprise Ruth (Ellouise…

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Simon Dillon
Simon Dillon Cinema

Novelist and Short Story-ist. Film and Book Lover. If you cut me, I bleed celluloid and paper pulp. Blog: www.simondillonbooks.wordpress.com