Review Film: ‘Great White’


When Five People Must Survive in the Middle of the Sea Against Two Sharks

“I rate the chance of all of us to survive at less than 5%.” – Jo.

‘ Great White ‘ adds to the long list of films with the theme of sharks as predators who are ready to prey on humans who are stranded on the high seas. This Australian film fails to compete to be the best in its genre, mainly due to the generic story and the main action (shark vs man) only being presented intensely in the last 10 minutes.

‘Great White’ is filled with characters who are quite successful in showing people’s terrible fear when their lives are threatened by the presence of predators. Of the five main characters, the majority are from the Oceania region. Only Katrina Bowden is an American national and has appeared in several of Hollywood’s top films.

Given the very few appearances of sharks, it’s hard to judge perfection from a visual standpoint. In fact, the first time this beast shows the muzzles of the five characters in this film, the CGI feels amateurish, although again we have to understand that the budget is not much.


Kaz Fellow (Katrina Bowden) and Charlie Brody (Aaron Jakubenko) are a couple who own a seaplane rental business. In the midst of the financial crisis that hit, they suddenly received an order to take husband and wife Joe Minase (Tim Kano) and Michelle Minase (Kimie Tsukakoshi) to an island known as Hell’s Reef.

Departing with Kaz and Charlie’s personal chef, Benny (Te Kohe Tuhaka), the five of them head to the island. As it turned out, Michelle’s goal of going to the island was to sow the ashes of her grandfather who became a legend on the island. Not having time to do the sowing, Michelle and Joe were shocked because there was the corpse of a man whose leg was stung by a shark.

Seeing this, Charlie took the initiative to look for the hearse that sank in the middle of the sea, optimistic that he could find the pair of men who might still be alive. Had been opposed by Joe, the five of them finally set out and found the boat, but unfortunately there were no more signs of life.

Calamity arrived. The plane that was stopped in the middle of the sea was attacked by a shark, making the five of them have to move to a small boat. While there, their lives are not calm because they have to worry about shark attacks that can come suddenly.

Main stage for Michelle and Kaz
Although the drama between them is not fun to watch, at least Kaz and Michelle can be said to be quite successful as the standout characters . Michelle has expressed her fear several times, such as when she wanted to lose Jo. Then when he had to deal with the shark. By Kimie Tsukakoshi, he played all those scenes quite well. OK, one thumbs up.

Same with Michelle, Kaz also has an equally okay contribution. He became a friendly and open person to his guests, when Benny and Charlie seemed to want to make a fuss about Jo. When survivor mode is on , Kaz also becomes a balancer in the midst of fairly high tension. With his calmness and shrewdness at sea, he was like a yin and yang capable of keeping everyone in the small boat level-headed.

Different again with the men in this film. Charlie is indeed proven to be good as a captain, but he immediately turns into a fool when it comes to controlling the people behind him. Aaron Jakubenko wasn’t very good at playing Charlie either.

The visual side that must be understood
Considering ‘Great White’ is not a typical big-budget Hollywood film, the presence of a white shark in this film must be understood. Before reaching more appearances in the last 10 minutes of the film, the predatory predators in this film are shown their fins more often. When it is eating humans, sharks are only shown briefly.

Then, the victim of the shark attack was also only shown his pool of blood. There were no dismembered bodies or clear evidence that the person had died from a shark attack.

When the last 10 minutes arrived, this ferocious shark began to get a lot of screen time . He attacked Kaz fiercely and mercilessly. The sharpness of the shark’s teeth is clearly visible, adding to the thrilling essence and survival ability of these people. Tony O’Loughlan as cinematographer provides some slick captures of the moment.

The beautiful side of this film is also shown from the view of the high seas which makes Michelle’s fear look even more tense. They were stranded hundreds of kilometers off the coast, surrounded by uncertainty, as supplies of drinks dwindled.