x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

The Reef 2: High Tide

Pre teens won't be disappointed by the film's lovingly rendered aquatic environments and fast-paced action.

A scene from the animated movie The Reef 2: High Tide. Photo Courtesy WonderWorld Studios
A scene from the animated movie The Reef 2: High Tide. Photo Courtesy WonderWorld Studios

The Reef 2: High Tide
Director:
Mark Dippe
Starring:Drake Bell, Donal Logue, Rob Schneider
**

This belated sequel to the 2006 box-office flop The Reef plays like it was only yesterday that the guppy Pi (Drake Bell) learnt to harness the power of the sea and save his home and girlfriend from a shark.

Character development, therefore, comes second to zippy pacing as Pi’s nemesis, Troy (Donal Logue), now bigger and stronger (thanks to the work of scientists), returns. Can our hero pull the reef’s motley inhabitants together in time?

The Reef 2’s target audience of preteens won’t be disappointed by the film’s lovingly rendered aquatic environments and fast-paced -action, but adults are likely to miss Pixar’s sophistication amid the derivative underdog tale’s wearisome melange of lame puns, heavy-handed life lessons and cutesy characterisations.