The Syfy original movie Sharknado has now become infamous for its ludicrous plot, poor special effects and its knowing sense of humour. With a sequel Sharknado: The Second One on the way I decided I had to see what all the fuss is about.
For some reason sharks are being lifted out of the ocean and falling from the skies eating the poor people below in L.A. (I can’t remember if the film tried to give any explanation for this but I’m sure it really doesn’t matter). Bar owner Finn (Ian Ziering) tries to stay alive aided by his friend Baz (Jaason Simmons) and waitress Nova( Cassie Scerbo). Can they survive they attack and rescue Finn’s estranged family?
It’s hard to compare a Syfy movie to normal films as they are just hilariously bad. However I can see why Sharknado seems to have gotten a cult following. Everyone involved in the film seems to be in on the joke and the script knows exactly how ridiculous the premise is, so most of the actors play it for laughs and give knowing winks to the audience. So we have our heroes armed with guns and a chainsaw fighting off sharks that are raining down from above with increasing speed. Body parts are torn, sharks are found in swimming pools and all sense of credibility has gone out the window in amusing fashion.
The film would have been much more enjoyable if we had been left in the company of Finn, Baz and Nova as they chop up sharks left, right and centre. Instead half way through we have our trio of bad-ass heroes meet up with Finn’s annoying ex-wife April (Tara Reid), and daughter Claudia (Aubrey Peeples), whose main purpose is to whine and moan at Finn. Ok maybe he’s been a rubbish husband and father in the past but he trying to rescue you as SHARKS ARE FALLING FROM THE SKY! give him a break. Bizarrely enough April even has a problem with Finn helping a bus full of young schoolkids escape from the sharks. The fact April is played by a barely present Tara Reid doesn’t help.
What else can I say about this film? The special effects are laughable. Sharks can somehow appear in drains and swimming pools and survive. But if you’re watching a Syfy film expecting logic then you’ve got no one to blame but yourself.
Rating 2/5-terrible but in the it’s so bad its good variety. Best watched with your brain turned off!