SHARKNADO-United States-86 Mins. 2013
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Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante
Written by Thunder Levin
I’ll admit without hesitation that I was going to give Sharknado a low rating before I watched it. I knew that it would be a bad movie going in and I wasn’t disappointed. So why, pray tell, am I giving it a rating of 4 (out of a possible 5) Blood Drops if it’s such a bad movie? I’ll tell you why; it’s because Sharknado is a bad movie that doesn’t pretend to be anything else but. It wallows like a prize-winning hog in the slop that it creates for itself and it does it with gusto! It’s illogical, implausible, poorly written, badly acted, atrociously directed and it says “Hey, look at me!” every step of the way.
A freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles and pushes thousands of sharks onto shore and into the streets to wreak havoc on the cozy and unsuspecting citizens whose idea of a bad day is running out of suntan oil. Ian Ziering (Snake and Mongoose, That’s My Boy) is Fin Shepard (A name I couldn’t make up on my best day), a former Coast Guard and now bartender/surfer who is now in a desperate race to get to his estranged wife April (Tara Reid, Urban Legend, The Big Lebowski) and their children and get them someplace safe before the Weather Girls start singing “It’s Raining Sharks”. He’s a better man than I; I would have just let the sharks have my ex-wife; they would’ve spit her out anyway. With three tornadoes full of hungry sharks soon to hit, Fin and his friends Baz Hogan (Jaason Simmons, Baywatch, Ghost Rig), Nova Clarke (Cassie Scerbo, Bring It On: In It to Win It, Teen Spirit) and George* (John Heard, Home Alone, Cutter’s Way) devise a plan to rid L.A. of Sharknado before the shark-shit hits the fan.
As bad as Sharknado is I can’t find fault with it. Any film that rips off Jaws and every disaster movie ever made is a winner in my book. Sharknado even features Robbie Rist (remember Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch?) as a hapless school bus driver. Ian Ziering has no idea what facial expression to use throughout the film and Tara Reid looks clueless, period. As for the sharks and their performances:
OSCARS ALL AROUND, BABY!!
*George doesn’t have a last name. What does that tell you?
Actor Cory Monteith’s final tweet was about this film days before he died from a drug overdose.
Robbie Rist, who plays Robbie the bus driver, also co-wrote a handful of songs that are featured on the soundtrack.
The school bus sequence was filmed over several days at the 6th street bridge,in downtown LA. While a stunt double was used for certain shots,Ian Ziering did a lot of his own rappelling stunts.
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