Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassandro Scerbo, Heather Jocelyn Blair, Jaason Simmons, Aubrey Peeples, Diane Chambers, Alex Arleo, Julie McCullough, Neil Berkow, Sumiko Braun. Action/Sci Fi. Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante. Synopsis: A frak storm caused by global warming swaps Los Angeles and the vicinity, unleashing nature’s greatest killers-sharks-on the population as the animals terrorize and kill in the water, on land, and through the air.
Okay. (Deep breath) When I was watching Sharknado, the one question that kept running through my mind was, “C.mon, guys, you’re not serious, are you?” To tell you the truth, I’m not so sure this wasn’t meant as a huge joke or parody movie. What I am sure of is that this flick fails-miserably-with all due respect to its short lived run as a cultural phenomenon on the Sci Fy Network and the fact that it spawned a sequel.
This campy production seems to be doing its thing tongue in cheek, but the below average production values, sub par acting, and borderline idiotic dialogue makes this a miss, and it doesn’t have enough heart to make up for what it lacks. The production values aren’t great, though they did have some budget to work with here as reflected in the CGI and a cast with a couple of notable actors. We have continuity issues, cutaways from what is supposed to be an epic storm to an otherwise sunny and tranquil L.A. in, supposedly, the same scene. The dialogue just tries way too hard to be funny, and more often than not, just falls embarrassingly flat. Here are some examples: “Something unnatural about them (Waves).” Response: “There’s something unnatural about everything.” How about this one: “I hate sharks, I’m from Wyoming.” Or this one: “Why do you build a retirement home next to an airport?” Response: “Because old people can’t hear.” Surfer after being bitten by a shark: “I guess he just wanted a snack.” O.k., no more, I promise.
The flick opens with an apparent heist on the high seas, though who the people are and why they’re doing what they are doing is never really fleshed out or referred to again. Pretty much, these guys are more interested in the double cross for the big money than the rough weather on the seas. The real purpose of the scene seems to be for us to see someone be eviscerated by an airborne shark, something we will experience a good bit of throughout the flick.