7 Aug 2014

Review - The Problem Here, is that 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' Tries Way Too Hard...

A freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites - and only Fin and April can save the Big Apple.

Remember when we all first heard of this “Sharknado” that everyone had seemed to be raving about even though it appeared just like the rest of those ridiculous Syfy “so bad its good” movies even though they were so bad they were just…well, bad; and just when you thought you were getting another just like the rest, you were right, but Sharknado was more than that, it was hugely entertaining.

Possibly one of the best worst movies ever, Sharknado with injected with unbelievably dumb sequences, hideously terrible one-liners, god-awful acting courtesy of the one and only Tara Reid, ugly CGI and a barrel full of laughs stemmed from each of the above. Let’s be honest, we all enjoyed Sharknado, and all of the points before made it what it is today; a huge success. It was fun, it was extremely entertaining and it was face-palm’ingly camp, but it made for one great experience that would surely have been enhanced with the odd vodka shot and a few too many beers. Sharknado 2: The Second One isn’t as such, and suffers under the heavy weight of trying to impress whilst underachieving.

I didn’t think it was possible for a film of Sharknado’s stature to fail on delivering on its infamous style which is uber-dumb, uber-flamboyant and unintentionally hilarious; but now, this time around The Second One tries to be all of those things and then some, only resulting on something that both comes across as if trying way too hard and really fraught. Nobody like a wannabe, and it’s even worse when a films goal is to try and be worse than its proceeder; clearly that is The Second One's goal but all that desperation is off-putting.
The whole delivery is both derivative and forced, resulting in a sequel that ends up being utterly ridiculous without much face; it’s like when someone tells a bad joke thinking it’s funny just to try and make people laugh when it clearly isn’t funny and the effort they went through just ends up makes it worse? That is my way of describing The Second One in a nutshell.

This may be one of life’s biggest failures on the small screen, but it does have its ugly little charms that shine from time to time, making you sit it out to the end regardless of how many times your hand hovers over the remote control for the television. It’s all in good nature and it’s the target audience who will get kicks out of this sort of bizarre slapstick that’s most promising moment involves its central character riding on a shark in the city destroying tornado, something that was so majestic yet strangely satisfying, almost like an episode of Xena The Princess Warrior; A glorious moment for all to watch and for all to love.

From a wild airplane in jeopardy opening to the wonderfully bonkers shark filled tornado ending, there is simply no substance worth indulging in between aside from the frequent fun cameos that are introduced when things get a little dull; and considering there being a lot of cameos, expect a lot of dull moments, it’s as simple as that.

VERDICT: The First had enough over-the-top bite to send us through a sharknado of emotions (see what I did there), from fits of laughter to some seriously cringe moments, but a lot of that charm is lost due to Sharknado 2's over awareness of its own brand; trying to be funny and being unintentionally funny is what separates Sharknado 2: The Second One from the first Sharknado.


2014 / 90 mins / Thriller, Comedy

Director: Anthony C. Ferrante

Writer: Thunder Levin

Stars: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer

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