Movie Review: Sharknado!

They’ve made enough of these that I could probably finish the shark movie reviews just watching them. But we’ll see how many I actually sit through.

This is very much an intentional B-movie, or as they’re mostly known today, “A Syfy Original.” This one spawned a whole franchise (six movies), so clearly they got something right. It may not be great cinema but it’s entertaining as hell.

You are going to have to suspend your disbelief regarding: physics, tornadoes, sharks, guns, explosives, gasoline, and the human body for this one.

It isn’t the best B-movie in the world but if you go into it expecting it to be just what it is, then you’ll see an entertaining, insane premise put to film. Seriously: multiple shark-filled tornadoes throwing sharks around Los Angeles. There’s nothing realistic about it, but damn it if that isn’t hilarious and over the top. It’s like the early 1990s in pro-wrestling.

The acting is all over the place, and I’m not even sure who to blame for that.

The effects are at the top of their budget, and you can see the computer graphics. I have no idea how the actors pulled off even the level of acting they did: how do you do this with a straight face?

That said, there are some downright neat if implausible things they do. Like blowing up tornadoes with propane tanks.

Check your sense of disbelief and knowledge of physics at the door.

Report Card:
Running Time: An hour twenty-seven.
Shark Death Total: Unknowable, but a lot — the news early on says the sharks have “killed several people” so we won’t get an exact count.
Acting: It is a B-Movie, but some of the actors are D-list.
Shark Effects: Very CGI.
Gun Use: Off the charts unrealistic in my opinion.
Gore: Kind-of.
Creepy? Not even a little.
Funny? It’s called “Sharknado.” Yeah it’s a fun, funny B-movie.
Nudity: No.
Pacing: It’s all out from very early, with some dips.

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