Trailer Park Shark 2017 6 out of 10
Have you ever wondered what happened Mr Belding from Saved By the Bell??? Or Thomas Ian Nichols from American Pie
Well Mr. Belding got old and fat and became a greedy Boss Hog type delevoper and Thomas Ian Nichols is living in a trailer park as a part shark movie. The developer characters greed leads him to hire some thugs to blow up the levee in order wash out a local trailer park. The levee blows and drowns the trailer park, but in the process also electrifies a killer shark and unleashes him on the white trash rednecks. Fellow American Pie Alum Tara Reid also makes a cameo.
This movie had some potential at the beginning. There is a cool one shot of the trailer park near the beginning where the camera travels through the trailer park showing all the wacky inhabitants fighting and arguing in true white trash redneck style. I wish they had just had the cast of My Name is Earl in this story. This scene was so good that it gave me high hopes for the film that it never reached. I could imagine a funny trailer park movie based on this cool opening scene that doesn't even involve a shark.
Rednecks are the last group that we are still allowed to make fun of in this politically correct world. I give the film some points for finding a new and interesting setting for a shark movie and shark movie plot. Trapping the sharks victims on top of trailers from a drowned trailer park with the added element of some villains on jet skis Water World style terrorizing the survivors.
The problem with the movie is it's small budget. The electrified CGI shark is cheesy. The action is at times underwhelming like watching Thomas Ian Nicols character making a make shift paddle out of his hand using duck tape (a hand paddle that disappears without explanation later in the film). The film features a decent showdown with Mr Belding at the end who is cruising around on one of those old school swamp boats with the giant fans.
The best scene of the movie is when one of the rednecks gets pulled into the water by the shark and ends up skiing behind the shark barefoot style.
I was going to rate this a 5 out of 10, but while writing this review decided that despite it being less exciting than I it could have been I need to give it some credit for its new original take on a killer shark movie--when so many other movies just copy the same general "Jaws Scenario" plot lines.
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