Film Review “The Black Demon”

Got to be honest, when it comes to sharks, I am a sucker. I watch all types of films shark films and trust me I have seen some crappy films over the years. “The Black Demon” suffers from a weak plot but features a solid CGI megalodon shark, it’s definitely no “The Meg” but you can tell they spent all their money on two things…Josh Lucas and the shark. After watching this trailer, which I felt gives too much away, I was hoping this was going to be one badass film but I was left wanting more.

THE BLACK DEMON stars Josh Lucas (“Yellowstone”), Fernanda Urrejola (Cry Macho) and Julio Cesar Cedillo (Sicario). The film was directed by Adrian Grünberg (Rambo: Last Blood) and written by Boise Esquerra (“Blackwater”) from a story by Carlos Cisco (“Star Trek: Discovery”). The director definitely knows how to bring the action to this film but I just wish that it packed a better story.

Official Premise: Oilman Paul Sturges’ (Lucas) idyllic family vacation turns into a nightmare when they encounter a ferocious megalodon shark that will stop at nothing to protect its territory. Stranded and under constant attack, Paul and his family must somehow find a way to get his family back to shore alive before it strikes again in this epic battle between humans and nature.

Based on the Mexican legend, THE BLACK DEMON never gets a chance to really give the shark any meaning. It spends far too much time on land and when the shark does appear its brief and at underwhelming moments. I was hoping for more mythology of where the shark came from and why he was only stalking this oil rig but the pay off was simply disappointing. I have had more fun with cheesy SyFy shark movies over this one.

2.5 out of 5 stars

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