Reef (U)

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Digital cartoons sink to new depths in The Reef, a film which should have been screened with an offer of a special prize to any critic who could review it without bringing up Finding Nemo.

Its hero is a suspiciously familiar-looking fish who has to outwit the shark which is baring its teeth at his girlfriend - and that's it. There's no twisty plot, no global warming, just some third-rate voice artists, some flat, fuzzy animation, and a smattering of puns of the "Ricky Marlin" and "Harry Codfish Jr" variety.

Even the substandard subaquatic likes of A Shark's Tale and Help I'm A Fish held more water.

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