Friday, August 8, 2014

Sharknado 2 Vs Sharktopus 2: Battle of the bad shark movies

LET the battle of the bad Shark Movies begin!

Sharknado 2 : The Second One 2014 6 out of 10

 The first Sharknado was just the perfect storm, A So Bad that it was Good masterpiece. So many things went wrong (right) all at the same time in the first groundbreaking Shark/Storm movie.
 It has a terrifically bad story ---a random non-sense plot and some super cheesy effects.   It just worked in all the wrong ways and somehow caught fire with the public and on social media. So of course there was going to be a second one and the second one hit just the other night millions of people watched it…. And it garnered a billion tweets (I don’t even know that is possible). 
So Lightning can strike twice…or at least a Sharknado can.

 The movie itself……Well it started off great with Ian Ziering on an airplane having a William Shatner Twilight Zone moment.   Then we get the first of many cameos –Robert Hayes of Airplane fame was flying the plane which was classic.  He even had a line about what he had for dinner (a perfect throwback to Airplane).
But this storm just didn’t have the same so bad it is good feel. 
So Bad it is Good just happens it can’t be forced. Sure you can try to be cheesy---but you just can’t create on purpose that special SO BAD it is Good feel. I don’t think it is possible to recreate the terribleness of the first one.  The problem with Sharknado 2 was that it was actually decent in its intentionally over the top cheesiness and therefore was just a decent –bad sci-fi Storm/Shark movie. Another problem with the film was the overuse of recurring cameos . It was funny to see Al Roker and Matt Lauer discussing the Sharknados the first time, but by the 4th time it just took away from and slowed down the movie.   Lighting can strike twice, but the second one isn't as big of a jolt.

Here is what I thought of the first one.

Sharktopus vs Pteracuda 2014 5 out of 10 

So the plot is basically this:  Some evil genius (played by former Revenge of the Nerds  star Robert Carradine)  has created a Pterodactyl/Barracuda hybrid as a weapon.  The government didn't want it, but he created it anyway.   The testing goes badly and it takes off and starts killing people instead of responding to its programming.    Meanwhile a marine biologist has found and egg sack that survived from the first Sharktopus that got blown up in the original movie. So the new Sharktopus ends up an attraction at her uncle’s sea park.  The bad guys decide to buy and release the Sharktopus in order to battle the Pteracuda.   In between scenes of the two digital creatures battling in what looks like video game CGI –we get a dull filler plot about the  bad guys and marine biologist tracking the creatures.  As much as I like the idea of Sharktopus, he kind of disappoints in this boring sequel that was missing some of the qualities that made the first one much more watchable

The Verdict:   A weaker storm front full of Sharks is still better than some video game level Sharktopus battling another mutant 

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