This year's shark-attack model — the Australian 3D flick "Bait" — seeks a little feeding-frenzy variation, so instead of roaming the high seas, it brings its 12-foot chomper inland, courtesy of a tsunami.
On a handsome stretch of touristy beach, monster waves crush hundreds of people, but the only death toll of interest to "Bait" relates to a flooded underground grocery store and its trapped survivors — various hottie twentysomethings and older authority types.
Director Kimble Rendall serves up a particularly hungry, vicious and Sea World-agile Great White, plus all the limb-separating gore effects you can handle. But as with most body-count jamborees like this, Rendall and screenwriters Russell Mulcahy and John Kim forget that in between bursts of tart, blood-drenched mayhem, there's a saggy, dumb chamber drama that's completely bland and under-seasoned.
Lovers are reunited, the jerks get theirs and star Julian McMahon looks remarkably unfazed by anything that happens around him. In fairness, there's not much here that's unsuspected or surprising.