Well since Sharknado turned out to be such a success (Who would’ve guessed so many people like the clearly fake CG-creature features) SyFy has just aired the sequel aptly titled “Sharknado 2: The Second One”. I just love that subtitle… it’s for everyone that doesn’t understand the 2 after Sharknado. Guess they don’t think much of their audience, and considering the source material I can’t really blame them.
This time New York is surrounded by a couple of sharknado’s right at the same time when last movie’s survivors Tara Reid and Ian Ziering are entering New York airspace. Of course their plane gets sucked up in the sharknado which ends up with Ziering putting the plane down successfully but not before Reid loses her hand and Kelly Osbourne loses her head to those nasty shark jaws. Osbourne’s appearance is the first of many cameos in the movie, most of them being merely walk-on roles but other quite “clever”; Judd Hirsch plays a cabbie, while Robert Hays flies the plane form the opening scene.
Reid was going to promote a book and Ziering was going to meet up with his sister (Kari Wuhrer, not a stranger to CG-beast movies herself) and her family. Reid ends up in the hospital under the care of Dr. Billy Ray Cyrus and is taken out of the equation so the majority of the movie has Ziering teaming up with Vivica A. Fox trying to get one half of his family reunited with the other half. In the meanwhile they have to dodge sharks everywhere, even in the subway, while also dodging the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty which is on a roll and seemingly unstoppable.
Just like the first this movie can hardly be taken seriously and eventually this ended up being this motion wallpaper movie. The kind of movie where you’re on your phone half of the time only looking when something funny happens because I’ve seen this type of film so many times before. No matter how many cameos it has, the basics are the same and every time they use a gimmick (Dinoshark, Sharktopus, Sand Sharks etc) it’s novelty mostly runs out after the first 30 minutes. The same goes for Sharknado, which is actually nothing more than an excuse to have it rain sharks.
This made me thinking. I could be on to something here so I might just have to register it somewhere, but what about “Land Sharks”? It could even be this whole evolution thing explanation where sharks have grown legs and come on shore. I should be writing this all down, oh wait, I am.
If you enjoyed the first one you’ll probably like this one. The entertainment comes mostly from the outrageous situations the makers come up with. A baseball legend batting a shark across the stadium: check. Ian Ziering riding a great white in the sharknado and landing on the top of the Empire State Building: check. Tara Reid going all Evil Dead with a buzz saw prosthetic: check. Not to spoil everything for you, but if this sounds like your cup of tea, then you can indulge yourself with Sharknado 2, which is the second one by the way.