We've already discussed our morbid fascination with straight-to-DVD movies at length, and if you're on our wavelength you're excited about a trailer that emerged today for "Dark Tide," a shark thriller starring Halle Berry. It's directed by John Stockwell, the man who made "Into the Blue" and "Blue Crush." The man loves water movies, we suppose, but we feel relatively confident predicting this won't be coming to any theater anywhere near you ever.
The trailer, found by Shadow and Act (via The Playlist), is a B-movie junk heap: big, ugly lettering; cheesy thriller music; a general lack of ingenuity or zip. We don't know much about "Dark Tide" except for the fact that Berry stars in it with her boyfriend Olivier Martinez, but Shadow and Act rounded up a rough plot description:
Ms Berry stars as a diving instructor who is "drawn to close encounters with the White Sharks that rule the shores of the isolated island on which she lives." Olivier plays Halle's husband in the movie, who "chooses ambition over his wife's safety in a split second encounter with the jaws of death, leading to their marriage nearly falling apart."
So, it's like Godard's "Contempt," except that Berry's playing the Brigitte Bardot part. Oh, and there are sharks in this one. You don't see much of that marital drama in this trailer, though: They're selling big killer sharks and Halle Berry in a bikini. That's probably wise.
As of now, there's no release date. This is sad mostly for Berry, whose career has really collapsed since her Oscar win nine years ago for "Monster's Ball." Outside of "X-Men" movies and "Die Another Day," she's tried very hard to prove she's a legitimate dramatic actress (as if to convince her doubters that she did in fact deserve that Oscar), but what comes out are duds like "Frankie & Alice."
But this "Dark Tide" trailer is also depressing because of what's become of Stockwell. Around the same time that Berry won an Academy Award, Stockwell directed "Crazy/Beautiful," a well-regarded romantic drama that starred indie darling Kirsten Dunst before she became Mary Jane in the "Spider-Man" films. But of late, he's been doing schlocky-looking horror movies like "Turistas" and unreleased comedy-dramas like "Middle of Nowhere." (Wow, what is Susan Sarandon doing in this?) Berry will most assuredly bounce back from "Dark Tide." We're not so sure about him.