Watch Shark Lake
- 1 hr 32 min
In the 2015 thriller Shark Lake, directed by Jerry Dugan and starring Dolph Lundgren, Jen Oda, Ben Maccabee, and James Chalke, a small town is in for a terrifying surprise when a biologist, Meredith Hendricks, brings to the lake a group of aggressive bull sharks. When they begin attacking humans in the area, Meredith is forced to confront the consequences of her actions as she races against time to stop the sharks before more innocent people are killed.
The movie begins with Meredith (played by Oda) illegally transporting bull sharks from Florida to serve as the main attraction in a new exhibit at a local aquarium. During the drive, her vehicle breaks down, and in a moment of panic, she releases the sharks into a nearby lake. Believing that they will die or be recaptured by the authorities, she never expects the horrifying consequences that follow.
Meredith's daughter, Carly (played by Lily Brooks O'Briant), is living with her father in the town, and their strained relationship adds tension to the plot. Carly's father, Clint (played by Maccabee), is a local police officer who initially disregards the attacks as isolated incidents until the evidence suggests otherwise.
As the sharks begin to attack and kill townspeople, Clint seeks help from Meredith, who is initially reluctant to admit her involvement. Dolph Lundgren plays Peter Mayes, a shark hunter and local legend who becomes involved in the investigation. Lundgren's character provides a welcome burst of action and energy to the movie and brings some much-needed levity to the otherwise tense atmosphere.
Without giving away any spoilers, the majority of the film revolves around the investigation and efforts to stop the sharks. The attacks become increasingly violent and take a toll on the community as a whole. As the body count rises, the pressure on Meredith, Carly, Clint, and Peter escalates, and the stakes become higher.
Shark Lake contains some genuinely tense and suspenseful moments that will keep the audience engaged from start to finish. The lake setting is eerie and adds to the ominous atmosphere, and the sharks are genuinely terrifying. The film does not shy away from the gore and violence, particularly during the shark attacks.
The performances are generally solid, with Dolph Lundgren delivering a particularly enjoyable performance. His character's rugged charm and determination to save the day make him a standout, and his scenes with Jen Oda offer some of the film's more emotional moments.
Overall, Shark Lake is a competent and entertaining thriller that delivers on the promised shark action. While it may not break any new ground in the genre, it provides a satisfying and entertaining experience for fans of shark attack movies.
Shark Lake is a 2015 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes.