Funny Movie but just a bad overall movie! Let me just say that I watched this movie to be entertained not enthralled or hanging on the edge of my seat but just distracted and carefree for a couple of hours. I got what I wanted. Only, I didn't expect to laugh so much. I'm thankful for the laughter, though, because it kept at bay any sort of aesthetic sense that might have interfered with my viewing pleasure. If you want to be moderately entertained, then I don't think you will be disappointed with Sharknado. Don't expect too much going into it-and bring with you a willingness to suspend your own sense of disbelief. Most important, keep in mind that this is not Jaws. I don't think that fact will slip you mind, however. The director made sure of it.
When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature's deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace.
What we get here is a ludicrously ridiculously scenario of nature run amok. A massive storm brings a vast number of vicious man eating sharks to Los Angeles, and the film follows a particular group of people trying to survive this dire situation.
So right off the bat I have to say that, while yes, there is the titular sharknado (shark/tornado hybrid), the main force is actually a hurricane, and not a tornado.
And yeah, I realize that this is a tongue in cheek type of film that is bad by design, but even then, I can't help but emphasize that it is a quite terrible film.
That being said, it is very entertaining, rather funny, and not a complete waste of time. It's not always 'good' or 'enjoyable' for the right reasons, but there is a certain charm here that makes this film something to check out and unwind to.
The acting, special effects, direction, and writing are all bad, but the idea, as stupid and absurd as it is, is actually kind of intriguing, despite the fact that it isn't entirely possible (though there IS a slim chance that it could actually take place). While watching this I actually started thinking about how this actually good be a legitimately decent film if done a different way, and yeah, I'm dead serious about that.
For what it is, this film does have its merits, and at least is aware of what kind of product it is. It's not something I ever want to see again, and I do think that not everyone will 'get' this, but I do think that if you need to give your brain a rest, then sure, get some friends and some booze, and give this a spin.
Ps Here are some ideas for some potentially superior spin offs to Sharknado: Shih Tzunami, Snakequake, Weevilcano, Llamageddon, Giraffalanche, Piranhanami & my personal fave: Pythoon.
Sharknado takes place during a freak hurricane in Los Angeles with nature's deadliest killer rampaging by sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. If you're expecting developed characters, emotional content, edge of the seat material than you've come to the wrong movie. Right off the with the opening scene we see a Hurricane for reasons never explained only gathering up a group of sharks. This opening scene sets up the tone for what will be a straightforward B-Movie. The characters are basically plot devices to move things forward. We get a couple details on their past, but only those specifics are used repeating established developments several times. The pace works for the premise getting the action started quickly and trying to do as many ridiculous things as possible. It's completely logic free; some examples include Sharks being able to swim on streets, the inside of a house flooding faster than an entire city, and my personal favorite include our plain father hero miraculously killing a shark spinning in a Hurricane in one shot with a handgun. Once the sharks show up on screen you just sit back without a care, but the scenes without sharks are clearly it biggest faults. Like I said earlier, the characters are plot devices to move things forward. Once these character are stuck in a situation without a single shark in sight we lose interest. Their motivations and back-stories have been done a thousand time (child angry at father for neglectance, divorce couple working together during extreme circumstances) ending the way you would expect them too. Also it hits a roadblock when our heroes attempt to save a bus filled with children. It does recover eventually and pick steam again, but loses a good chuck of momentum it build up.
In terms of acting it's fine. While not convincing by a long stretch it's not without it positives. The actors never feel like they're phoning in a performance even at times taking certain scenes seriously. This adds more amusement to selling it enough for the audience to buy the what occurring on film. Especially leading man Ian Ziering who while not good by any means does get to be a badass in the film. Ziering gets to chainsaw a shark in half which is pretty cool regardless how goofy the context may be. Another standout is actress Cassie Scerbo who at first glance appears to be only eye candy, but gets her moment to shine shotgun blasting several sharks to death. The not so special effects are appropriately low budget looking. The CG might be obviously look fake no matter how much you squint your eyes, but it is certainly put to good use in particular one moment near the end which could be the film iconic moment B-Movie lovers rewatch over again.
Sharknado will never be like Jaws, but unlike so many other killer shark films it never tries to be. If you go into this with reasonable expectations looking for a straightforward plot, goofy usage of CG, and a hunger to see dozen of sharks kill you will be happy with the results. It might be a B-Movie, but it's certainly one of the fews killer sharks film worth picking up.