FILM REVIEW: Sharknado 2 – The Second One

Okay: quick catch-up… the first Sharknado film centered on a freak hurricane that swamps Los Angeles, resulting thousands of sharks terrorizing the water-logged population. Our two protagonists Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, save the day, by bombing the origin point of the twister, thus dropping all the sharks from a great height to their deaths. In that bizarre improbable way that produced B-films like Snakes of a Plane, Sharknado was kitsch, tongue-in-cheek and in it’s on way, quite original. So a sequel was always on a the card…

Sharknado 2 is an unashamed rehash of the original, with some the variables changed (location, scale etc), but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for a some novel & entertaining nods to genre cult favorites. The film starts of with an homage to the first Airplane!, a tail-fin cutting through the clouds to music similar to the Jaws themes (but not enough to land it in legal hot water), just in the same way that the classic 80’s comedy lampooned Bruce’s fin cutting through the water. And to top that, this plane, bound for JFK, is actually piloted by none other than Robert Hays, the lead in both Airplane! movies. As the twisters rise with their sharks about to attack the plane, there’s a nod to the Bill Shatner’s gremlin on the wing episode of The Twilight Zone, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, as well as the afore-mentioned, Snakes on a Plane. And for you celebrity spotters, there are a list of cameos from the likes of Kelly Osborne, and genre favourite Wil Wheaton (and wife)! The plane is also being patronised by Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, heroes for the first film, and we are also introduced Ian’s family who are visiting Statue of Liberty in NYC. Sufficed to say, the sharknado is heading also heading for the Big Apple . and so the race is on to get the plane out of the skies safely, and for our heroes to rescue their extended family.

In New York we are treated to some more nods: the wonderful Taxi star Judd Hirsch as a taxi driver, the sight of a crocodile in a sewer being pursued by a shark, and yes, someone actually gets to use the phrase in context “Jumped the shark”! And throughout the film, we are given intermittent weather updates by real TV weather anchor-men who manage to keep a straight face whilst explaining the mechanics of this perfect storm. And as the film descends into more banality, we get a nod to Ash from the Evil Dead films as one of the key characters replaces a lost limb with a weapon of mass-destruction.

Look, these films are not going to win any awards, but their tongue-in-cheek humour and cinematic nods do mean they stand up to repeat viewings, preferably with some like-minded friends, and not a little alcohol added to the mix. If you’ve seen (and enjoyed) the first one, then give this a viewing, and if you haven’t, then see them both in a Sharknado marathon… to get ready for the third one!

GS Rating: 3/5

GS Blogger: SilverFox

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