Sharknado

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

A freak hurricane hits Los Angeles causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in water spouts and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar-owner Fin (Ziering) sets out with his friends Baz (Jaason Simmons) and Nova (Scerbo) to rescue his estranged wife April (Reid) and teenage daughter Claudia (Aubrey Peeples). He succeeds but April’s boyfriend is eaten by the sharks. The group meets up with Matt (Chuck Hittinger), the adult son of Fin and April, who is in flying school. They decide to try to stop the threat of the incoming “sharknadoes” by tossing bombs into them from helicopters.

As Nova prepares to throw one of the bombs, she falls out of the helicopter and directly into a shark’s mouth. Matt is heartbroken. Baz is also lost in the storm. After Matt lands on the ground, a flying shark plummets toward the remaining members of the group. Fin jumps into its mouth with a chainsaw and cuts his way out. He emerges carrying an unconscious but miraculously unharmed Nova. Matt is reunited with Nova and Fin gets back together with April

REVIEW:

I’m not used to being home on Tuesday night, and as it turns out, there is nothing on after Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., unless you count some crappy, worthless reality show. With this in mind, I decided to finally give Sharknado a shot, for better, or worse. What am I thinking?!?

What is this about?

When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks are swept up in tornadoes and deposited all over the city, where they terrorize the shocked residents. Among them is bar owner Fin, who must rescue his estranged wife and daughter.

What did I like?

Action. Say what you will about this film, good or bad, the one thing you can’t say is that the action isn’t something to be seen. Yes, it is bloody, ludicrous, and all but expels disbelief (rather than suspending it). When push comes to shove, Ian Ziering and his friend, Jaason Simmons, and to a lesser extent the supporting cast, excluding Tara Reid, are swimming, jumping, shooting, and slicing their way through these sharks, making sure that they survive.

Idea. Who comes with this stuff? For the past 10 years or so, sharks have been very popular. Why else do we have Shark week, right? This film was released around that time. Syfy has plenty of films using sharks in a sci-fi manner, but mixing them with a tornado/hurricane? I won’t say that’s a stroke of brilliance, but in today’s climate of remakes, reboots, and whatnot, it is something original and should be noted as such.

Hero. I wasn’t really a fan of Beverly Hills, 90210 back in the 90s when it was on. The few episodes I watched were to impress some girl I was chasing after. From what I recall, though, Ian Ziering was a good guy jock. Fast forward 20 yrs and it seems as if this character shares some of the same characteristics. He even goes out of his to save a busload of kids trapped under a bridge, despite his wife’s pleading that he should put his family first.

What didn’t I like?

Effects. Whenever I see subpar effects in a theater released film, the first thing I usually do I compare it to Syfy flicks. Well, there is a reason for that and watching the sharks, funnel clouds, and even some of the water reminds me that this is a cheaply made movie with little to no effort put into the special effects. Sure, they could have been better, but it doesn’t seem as if the filmmakers, or Syfy, give a damn.

Tara. Remember when American Pie came out and Tara Reid was said to be the next big thing in Hollywood. I know I was drooling over her. Fast forward to this film and the years have not been kind to her. That isn’t what I don’t like, though. My issue is with her character. While her children and husband are trying to protect people and get to safety, she just stands there. When she’s not just standing around, all she does is be a bitch toward her ex-husband. It all makes you wonder, what is the point of even having her in this film? She must have really needed the paycheck!

Is this really the time? So, as our heroic crew and his family are stocking up on weapons and making a plan to stop the sharknado before it does anymore damage, Ziering’s daughter chimes in that he’s never there for her. Having no children of my own, I can’t say anything about this other than it seemed like a rather odd time to start that conversation, especially when they are in such great peril, but there she was insisting that they talk about why he was never there for her. WTF?!?

My guess is that if you have heard anything about Sharknado, it is how bad it is. Let’s not beat around the bush here, this is not a good film, but it doesn’t take itself serious to the point that it think it is on the level of more serious action horror flicks. If you go by that, then this isn’t half bad…not half good, but not half bad. Do I recommend it? Sure, it is so ridiculous and over the top, you’re sure to have a good time watching, just be sure to leave your brain and suspension of disbelief turned off, otherwise you’re likely to explode!

3 out of 5 stars

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