Friday, November 7, 2014

Sharknado (2013)

Remember how everyone was taking about Sharknado for a few weeks in 2013? Not really? Well they were. It reminded me of when everyone was abuzz about Snakes on a Plane for a few weeks back in 2006. But instead of Samuel L. Jackson we get Ian Ziering playing a guy named Fin. Fin Shepard. As in a man who herds animals with fins… animals like sharks. And as we all know sharks love the getting sucked into tornados so… Never mind. On with the review!

It’s just another day for Fin Shepard (Ian Zierling) as he surfs with his buddy Baz (Jason Simmons) of the California coast or tending bar and dealing with the drunkard George (John Heard). Well, before you know it a random hurricane smashes into California flooding everything and managing to bring every kind of CG shark you can imagine with it.

Now Fin wants to rescue his estranged wife April (Tara Reid) and his kids from certain bloody death. But he has to navigate flood streets, bloodthirsty sharks and some of the goofiest one-liners on record. Will Fin survive the onslaught and rescue his family or will all become victims of the dreaded Sharknado.

Good Points:
  • It knows exactly what kind of movie it wants to be and goes for it
  • Some of the dialogue is hilariously bad
  • Zierling goes for it full bore and make the whole thing fun

Bad Points:
  • The CG sharks and other effects look horrible
  • Some of the acting is questionable
  • This is terminally stupid, stupid movie

Look at the title. Just look at it. How can you read that title and think this is going to be something other than a schlocky good time. It mostly lives up to the title, delivering CG sharks chomping on people pretty quickly. Zierling jumps into the hero role with both feet and seems to be having a great time. While the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, it doesn’t wink at the audience as much as you’d think either. It’s a lot of fun, perfect for bad movie night.

Scores (out of 5)
Visuals: 5
Sound: 3
Acting: 4
Script: 4
Music: 4
Direction: 4
Entertainment: 5
Total:  4

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  1. I haven't been able to bring myself to watch this, much less the sequel, but maybe I should just swim with it. It sounds up my alley. I liked Decoys. I liked Alien Apocalypse. This should be as good/bad. Besides, Tara is a Jersey girl which counts for...ok, maybe nothing.

    1. Yeah this one is fun. Sometimes when a film knows it is dumb, it doesn't always work. But this one managed to pull it off. I think a big chunk of it goes to Zierling's performance, which is dead serious in the face of all this stupidity. And yeah... Tara is... well Tara. :)

  2. Just because it seems Hollywood sells DVDs in packaging of a trilogy, can Snarknado the Third one still be lurking in the murky waters or, uh, tornado? I'll admit I did watch parts of both I & II, although I probably would not have done so if it had not caused such a social media storm er, uh tornado. But yeah, with the title I think you know ahead of time of what is in store.

    1. I still haven't seen part 2 yet. But for a bad movie night I think this one is a blast. Very very stupid, but has plenty of cheesy dialogue and hilariously horrible special effects.

  3. On the poster i like the way the sharks all look as though they`re having one hell of a good time.

    1. They really hated 90210 and can't wait to take a bite out of Ian. ;)