Title: The Sand

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Year: 2015

Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi

Language: English

Runtime: 84 min

Director: Isaac Gabaeff

Writer: Alex Greenfield & Ben Powell

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3468698/

After a graduation beach party, a group of friends wake up on the beach unable to leave due to an unknown force that dwells below. As they see their friends get eaten alive, the survivors have to find a way out of the sand.

Our thoughts:
You know when SyFy throws out a bunch of shitty movies that has sharks in them, and they will all be the same? How that was once intriguing in an ironic way, but now it's just miserably boring to watch more of them be made? "The Sand" looks and feels like that, but it's actually not that at all. This is one of the few good points about the movie, but I'm not sure if it's actually a good quality to feel like those movies, yet be mostly sincere.

A group of friends have their graduation party on a closed beach. Little do they know that when they wake up on the beach the morning after, in the warm summer sun, they're stuck there. There's something in the sand that grabs them and eats them up in seconds if they as much as touch the sand. Since the beach is closed, there is no one looking for them and they have to figure out a way to get away from the beach.

"The Sand" is a little bit of "Open Water", "Jaws" (or rather, "Tremors"?) and crappy SyFy movies but completely without any comedy and complete sincerity in their plot. Sure, they might not have been completely serious when they wrote the script, but there is nothing in the actual movie that points towards them attempting anything but a good movie. Which it is not. It has moments where it's entertaining in its sincerity and horrible characters, but it's not good. The characters are obnoxious and spoiled brats, the monster is lame and the setting is boring. There is even a point in the movie where the characters seem to forget one of the other characters. While a girl is dying, a guy tries to save them and ends up dying himself. The remaining characters are horrified about the death of the guy and keep bringing up that something in the sand killed him, but they barely ever bring up the girl (who died first).

Then we have Jamie Kennedy's character, who seemingly walked onto the set thinking that this was a horror comedy, and for just a brief second we get a sense that it's all intended. Does Jamie Kennedy's character represent us, the viewer, stumbling onto this scene unable to take it all seriously? Is the script a joke where they took a SyFy idea and turned it into a serious horror movie as a sort of experiment? I'm kidding, obviously, as that would give the movie too much credit.

There are way worse movies than "The Sand". It's bad, but it's actually a fairly well made movie, minus some of the horrible CGI effects. The movie looks miles better than your average independent horror movie, the actors (no matter how horrible characters they portray) are competent. The flow of the movie isn't too bad and it has a few moments where you hope that at least one of them will escape. This means that I didn't feel like I wasted 90 minutes of my life, even though I got annoyed repeatedly. If you watch it with the right people, I'm sure you can laugh.

Positive things:
- It's fairly well made.

Negative things:
- It's a stupid premise, but it takes itself too seriously in a way that's mostly embarrassing.
- The CGI is plain bad.
- If you think the creature is lame when it starts out, just wait until it reveals itself more!

Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 1/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 1/5

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