SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE

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DVD REVIEW: SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: ANTHONY C. FERRANTE / SCREENPLAY: THUNDER LEVIN / STARRING: IAN ZIERING, TARA REID, VIVICA A. FOX, MARK MCGRATH, KARI WUHRER / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 27TH

After years of peddling cheap schlock and shameless cash-in movies, The Asylum hit gold last year when they created the cult phenomenon that was Sharknado. Pulling record high viewing figures for the company when it aired on Syfy, a sequel was a certainty.

So inevitably, we find ourselves at Sharknado 2: The Second One, a film that proved to be even more popular than the first. The plot (for want of a better word) sees Ziering and Reid head to New York for a book signing. Sure enough, it’s not long before sharks start showing up and mayhem ensues. The rest of the film plays out like the New York attack from Avengers Assemble, but with sharks instead of Chitauri (there’s even an Avengers-esque post credit sting).

There's a certain enjoyment that comes from watching a bad movie, and Sharknado 2 is a bad movie. It’s also incredibly good fun to watch, especially if you’re watching it with friends who enjoy bantering along to the movie with you (or if you don’t, watch it and then listen to the How Did This Get Made Sharknado 2 podcast instead).

There is a genuine enjoyment that comes from watching a film that doesn’t know it’s bad, that is different to watching a film that is deliberately made to be bad, but with the Sharknado films, The Asylum seems to have deliberately made bad films that are genuinely enjoyable, largely because for the first time, everyone is in on the joke.

There are some fun movie references and in-jokes to spot, plus a bunch of celebrity cameos (some you’ll get and some you won’t – unless you’re really up on your American pop culture). That said, some of the cameos make little sense beyond just having a (borderline) famous face in the role while others are missed opportunities (Daymond John from Shark Tank – the US Dragon’s Den – for example).

Overall then, the acting is terrible, the special effects look like they came right out of a 1990’s sci-fi show and the story seems to have been written in 10 minutes on the back of a Shawarma restaurant napkin; yet still, it's recommended viewing. It’s the very definition of a “switch your brain off and just enjoy yourself” type movie and has no pretentions within itself that it is anything more than that. Which is oddly refreshing! The honest, 'is it any good' film rating would be 3/10; however, our final score comes from pure enjoyment. This is really, what these films are all about.


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