So what do you name the lead character in a movie about sharks? Fin, of course! The first thing you should know about me is I am deathly afraid of sharks. It’s an extreme phobia exacerbated by an older sister who told me our Florida swimming pool was full of invisible sharks that would eat me if I put so much as a toe in the water. I even get skittish in the shower, so it should really say something that I totally enjoyed this movie! People beating the living snot out of sharks in the streets with baseball bats, pitchforks, swords and chainsaws? Awesome! This belongs in a class of movie largely unique to the Syfy channel in that they’re so bad, so cheesy, so ridiculous that they’re actually quite fun to watch. There are spurious weather reports throughout detailing how many inches of shark New York can expect (see photo below), and the whole thing was designed to be a spoof of the first movie. The first one wasn’t intended to be funny, but since everyone thought it was, Syfy decided to capitalize on it. At least that’s my take on it. For such a silly B-movie, there is an impressive list of celebrities that managed to land bit parts and cameos, such as Andy Dick, Wil Wheaton and his wife Anne, Perez Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, Matt Lauer, Kelly Ripa, Al Roker and Billy Ray Cyrus. The CGI sharks are so poorly done that they are not remotely scary and even when somebody gets munched there is the obligatory spray of red but nothing really nasty. The only exception being when a girl gets a shark latched on to her face and then the camera zooms in for a close-up of her as she dies. But for someone severely sharkophobic, it was payback time and I would have paid good money to have at the monsters with a chainsaw.
My two personal favorite bits were Ian Ziering bifurcating a flying shark using a giant chainsaw (see photo sequence below) and a hilarious scene where a shark falls through the ceiling and is immediately flipped expertly into a pizza oven with one of those long wooden paddles. (However, I have since watched the first movie and strongly advise anyone with the same phobia to avoid it – they used a lot of real sharks in it!) Nobody ever said this was meant to be a serious movie and it’s a good thing, because otherwise the list of plot holes would be a mile long. I was disappointed when it was over because I wanted more! And lo, my wish has been granted because coming this summer to the SyFy channel near you, behold the glory that is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell no! , which targets Washington D.C. and Florida. Dibs on the giant chainsaw! – BETHANY
Check out the Internet Movie Database for more information on this movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3062074/
How awesome is this sequence?
Yup, it just be raining sharks here in New York!
Pictures courtesy of The Asylum and Syfy Films