Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Courtney Baxter, Dante Palminteri, Judd Hirsch
Directed By: Anthony C. Ferrante
Written By: Thunder Levin
Rating: TV14 Running Time: 1 hr 35 min
WARNING: Contains spoilers!
Can lightning strike twice? Can another shark infested tornado deliver on the fun craziness of the original movie? You go into a movie like this expecting it to be bad. But is Sharknado 2 ‘bad’ in the right way? Time to find out!
The story picks up a year after the first Sharknado, and Fin (Ian Ziering) is flying into Manhattan with April (Tara Reid) for a book signing and family meet. It’s raining, the flight is a little bumpy, and it’s not long before Fin starts having a Twilight Zone moment and screams about something outside the plane. Yes folks, you don’t have to wait long before the mother f’n sharks start to show up on the mother f’n plane! Thankfully, they have an awesome pilot.
1st rule of sequels; up the ante! And the opening plane ride into New York City certainly delivers on that promise. We’ve got crazy stupid dialog, sharks on a plane, and an understanding of physics that only a 2-year-old would approve of.
Unfortunately however, the movie never quiet builds from that great opening, and what follows is just more of the same stuff we got in the first film. Random dumb conversations that follow the same pattern as before, occasionally broken up by a vicious shark attack. There’s still the same complete disregard for continuity between consecutive shots and the weather, and the visual effects still look like they were created with an iPad app.
Another problem I had with the sequel was with the onslaught of cameo appearances. Well, okay, Robert Hays gets a pass. Because any reference to his role in Airplane is okay by me! But the constant use of Matt Lauer, Al Roker and the NBC TV brand got old really quickly. To the point where they stopped being cameos, and became actual characters in the movie. Only really dull one joke characters that overstayed their welcome. I also could have done without that Subway sandwich guy quoting the companies tag line!
The first Sharknado worked because it took everyone by surprise. It delivered poorly produced over the top b-movie schlock craziness, had fun with it, and was really inventive in its grossness. The sequel opens strongly, but starts to drag after that, and doesn’t have anything inventive to offer during the finale.
If you enjoyed the first film, and got what it was trying to be (like me!) Then you may enjoy the sequel, only not as much. If you haven’t seen the first, then I suggest watching these movies in reverse order. This movie is rated TV14, for extreme human vs shark violence!
It’s a TV movie, and that’s where it belongs. Probably best watched with a group of drinking age friends. This film can only get better with a buzz on!
The opening flight into New York is the highlight of the film, and I really enjoyed the Robert Hays cameo.