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The schlock factor for Sharknado 2: The Second One is not as entertaining as its predecessor's, though fans of the brand will likely enjoy it.
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The creators of last year's surprise cult hit repeat the magic of their first outing.
Ridiculousness. Super-ridiculousness. Mega-ridiculousness. Meta-ridiculousness. Love. Fireworks.
Because they put the pedal to the metal and go full, screaming, bedazzled monkeypants crazy from beginning to end, it sort of works.
Kind of hilarious. Kind of silly. Mostly a game of spot-the-cameo players and teasing about what moment a certain chainsaw will come in contact with certain bodies.
As hard as we howled at the ghastliness being projected on the wall above us, I didn't see anyone at the Sharknado party who was giving the film his or her full attention, especially after the first 30 minutes.
Syfy's made-for-TV movie Sharknado 2: The Second One is just as bad as the original Sharknado, which means it's just as good. It's the perfect way to kill two hours with one's brain in sleep mode.
The moment that Tara Reid is shooting sharks out of the sky whilst hanging out of a plane, yeah, that's when the 'so-bad-it's-good' concept jumped the shark.
A movie needn't be great to make you feel great. The latter alone can be enough.
It's a stupid, stupid movie, but also, in its own way, rather smart. Director Anthony C. Ferrante knows exactly what he is doing, and the results are as exceedingly amusing as they are entirely inconsequential.
Simply put, it's one of those TV movies that's so unapologetically bad that it is, in its own unique way, also pretty great.
It was definitely the second one, the big, spared-most-expenses sequel to the internet's favorite movie. Did it have highlights? Sure. Did it have lowlights? I can't remember. Will there be more of these? Count on it, dude.
In a Rocky Horror sort of "so bad it's good" kind of way, Sharknado 2 is pretty fun in its silliness.
I was never expecting Sharknado 2 to be good, and it wasn't. But I also never expected it to be an improvement on the first, and it was. I mean in the grand scheme of things that's not exactly an achievement, but it's pretty odd to think that a second film with the subtitle "The Second One" would actually elevate the franchise somewhat.
After the first was garbage but fun, This one loses its newness and was exactly the same just set in New York, It seemed to focus more on how many minor celebrities can make cameos than anything and even most of them struggled to act as themselves not to mention the rest of the cast were pretty awful too, The effects were a tiny bit better but still bad, I found myself looking at how long the film had left than anything.
Do not watch this sequel unless you know what you are in for. Having basically the same premise as it's predecessor, it doesn't do anything clever that we didn't already see in the previous film. The fact that these films are so self-aware kind of begins to really work against it, creating a sense of dullness to everything surrounding it. "Sharknado 2: The Second One" is filled with horrible dialogue, terrible visuals, and dumb action scenes, and even though they are intentional, I was not laughing much. Both of these films fail to do what they set out to, which is spoof the horror genre in a ridiculous way, because it is making fun of itself as people are making fun of it as a whole, and that is terrible filmmaking. Not only do I hate these movies, but even by guilty pleasure standards, these do not need to be made. Just stop now. Sure these films have their fan base, but that is due to the fact that people enjoy terrible movies. Let them enjoy genuinely terrible films then, you do not need to make them on purpose.
The first Sharknado was a welcome surprise from The Asylum thanks to it understanding of B-movies turned out to be stupid, and fun entertainment. It knew it was stupid, but took itself seriously in its treatment that if done with meta humor wouldn't have taken off the same way it did. With the sequel it follows tradition of going bigger where the main issue arises from. By going bigger the action is no longer focused and supplied in smaller doses unable to top its own opening sequence or its predecessor as desperately as it tries too.
Sharknado 2: The Second One follows Fin and company attempting to save New York from multiple deadly Sharknados. The opening sequence sets the bar high paying homage to the classic "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode of "The Twilight Zone". This time with sharknado colliding with airplane. It's a stellar opening sequence quickly providing a dose of the implausible action to come making good use of the setting. I dare say the opening sequence is a work of genius. However, past that opening sequence the remainder of the film is unable to top it until it reaches the climax. This time instead following a single group allowing the shark action to be focused and supplied at a steady stream. We follow three groups in the sequel often cutting back to them over time which also means shorter screen time for B-movie badass Fin Shepard (who gives Martin Brody a run for his money in shark slaying). The action is more scattered and smaller in scale unable to top the opening sequence in its scope until it final stretches. Despite how goofy the series is and will become the writers know what they're doing. Like the previous film, it's self-aware of how silly the idea is, but the treatment for it is taken seriously adding to the humor. Though this treatment does go overboard with all the needless news broadcast thrown at the viewer face. These news broadcast are silly at first and flesh out a bit of the fictional world, but the seventh time logic is attempted to be apply to the disaster known as Sharknado it's worse than beating a dead horse. World building has some success fleshing out the characters. It's nice knowing that once a movie ends the character lives are still worthwhile beyond the closing credits. One of the characters, April Wexler, wrote a bestselling book called "How To Survive Sharknado" off screen. Surprisingly you don't need to be drunk to get through it. Characters are given some sort of development and conflict, but is too thin to carry the film from beginning to end. Because of thin conflict and characterization it's unable to maintain the same level interest as when sharks (plus one sewer gator, don't question the logic it's Sharknado) on screen which time is less.
Ian Ziering returns to play Fin Shepard and does another decent job in the starring role. He's into his character giving a serious performance in the not so serious scenarios. Never once does he ever indicate he's in on the joke keeping in root with the character experiencing it making him the best actor in the cast. Tara Reid performance in the opening sequence is pretty bad especially in a segment that requires her to scream which gets grating. Thankfully pass that opening sequence she does okay. Vivica A. Fox receives plenty of screen time and her performance is also okay. Any actor who plays a large part are okay which involves them running around allot. Compared to Ian Ziering the supporting cast aren't allow to jump the shark as much. There's more attention put into casting unlikely stars in cameos. From the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus, Will Wheaton, Kurt Angle, Kelly Osborne, Andy Dick, D.C. Douglas, Perez Hilton, Al Roker, Jared Fogle (yes, the Subway guy), Judd Hirsch, and so many more get more attention given to them than the actual sharks. The CG is acceptable, though creatively there isn't as many many moments that make full use of the concept. With the opening sequence and climax providing the only highlights there's everything else in between that is not able to live up to its goofy promise. These sharks favorite method of attack is going for the head. How the sharks are used doesn't take full advantage of the possibilities for a majority of its run time. Not even the sight of a flaming shark is enough to forgive the lack of creativity. Though the soundtrack is surprisingly strong getting across that epic feel. Ironic that the music is used for this film given it's better than the film actually needs, but further add positives to its production values.
Sharknado 2: The Second One understands its audience and gives its concept the proper treatment to be entertaining, but provides less sharks in less creative usage focusing more on cameos and is unable to maintain interest due it jumping between three groups of weak characters. While the opening sequence itself is a classic B-movie scene and homage it's also sadly where it peaks declining afterward. And the saddest truth to this sequel is the filmmakers are in on the joke. They just don't know how to keep it afloat in an ironic good way as the first time they told it.
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