First it was California, then it was New York, now Florida and Washington D.C. are the next targets of a deadly Sharknado. Fortunately, this time April and Finn have some back up from their relatives!
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! faces the difficult task of being bigger, better and more insane than its predecessors and for the most part, it succeeds.
As per usual, Ian Ziering is great. His straight-faced unrepentant heroism and reckless martyrism make him a fantastic hero and the perfect lead for the shark-based campiness. Cassie Scerbo makes a welcome return as Nova whilst Tara Reid gives her strongest performance yet as (the now pregnant) April.
The opening is a lot of fun with Washington DC being struck by a sharknado whilst Fin receives a medal (and a golden chainsaw) from the President. It’s super entertaining to watch famous landmarks being destroyed by flying sharks and it felt fresh as the film-makers had (probably wisely) not attempted it with New York.
When a freak monsoon floods California, beach bar owner Fin Shepherd must work together with his friends to travel inland and rescue his ex-wife and children before a deadly shark swirling tornado wipes LA off the map. Will he be able to outrun the Sharknado?
The Asylum historically focus on making cheap and crappy knock-offs but their recent run of successful creature features continues as although Sharknado is low-budget and poorly executed, it manages to be what it is better than most of its peers.
Ian Ziering leads the cast and easily gives the best performance. He makes the shift from easy-going beach bar owner to stern and responsible protector of his family believable and both he and Cassie Scerbo are able to carry some of the weaker members of the cast.
However the bane of nearly all cheap creature features is shooting outside and Sharknado suffers greatly. The inconsistent cinematography bounces from exposing to the bright sky, causing the actors to become blurry silhouettes to exposing to the actor’s faces, causing the sky to become a detail-less glowing white explosion.
The Sharknado is back but this time in New York, can Fin and April save the day again so far from home?
Sharknado 2: The Second One ramps up the action of the first film but so too the campiness and cheesiness.
Once again, Ian Ziering is the best thing on-screen. Zaniness can only get you so far and with a weaker lead star, the Sharknado films would undoubtedly be not nearly as successful as they are. Ziering is a great actor who whilst able to wink at the audience every now and again, is still the serious emotional centre of the film.
There are a few new additions worth noting as well. The new cast led by the Kari Wuhrer and Sugar Ray are entertaining enough whilst the increased threat of having one Sharknado collide with another to make a super Sharknado is a great way to up the ante from the first film’s finale. The celebrity cameos are unnecessary but fun (Oh hey, it’s Kurt Angle and Biz Markie!) and the degree of shark related insanity reaches a whole new level of fun.