Who doesn’t love a good shark movie? Of course, the problem is that there is only really one good shark movie, several average ones, and then a whole litany of absolute dogshit. As genres go, is there another genre that has been so badly served by itself? Where in this pantheon of potential failure will Under Paris sit?

Now you can start to judge for yourselves, as Netflix has premiered the first trailer for the new shark thriller from French filmmaker Xavier Gens (Frontiers, Cold Skin, Lupin, Gangs Of London season 2).

The film also stars Academy Award nominee and Cesar winner Berenice Bejo (A Knights Tale) as the lead. She is joined Nassim Lyes, Lea Leviant, Inaki Lartigue and Jose Antonio Pedrosa Moreno star. Gens co-wrote the screenplay with Yaël Langmann, Yannick Dahan, and Maud Heywang.


The movie focuses on Paris hosting the World Triathlon Championships on the Seine River for the first time. Sophia, a brilliant scientist, learns from Mika, a young environmental activist, that a large shark is swimming deep in the river.

Not so completely far fetched. As the trailer alludes to, an orca and a beluga have both been found in the Seine in recent years.

The usual tropes of disbeleiving authority and a race against time to save lives will no doubt ensue, as to avoid a bloodbath at the heart of the city Sophia must join forces with Adil, the river’s police commander. People will be chomped, red water will foam, and a CGI budget will be stretched to the limit trying to create a convincing toothy terror.

Sebastien Auscher produced the film. Under Paris arrives on Netflix on June 5th.

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