Movie Review: Sharknado 4: The Fourth Awakens

How many ‘nado puns can we fit?

All of ’em.

This movie featured a lot of twists on the old fashion sharknadoes from the series so far: lavanado, sharkberg, nuclearnado, and my favorite, cownado, just to name a few. They really went all out with that, and that sort of humor: and to top it all off, there was a scene toward the end with a sort of Russian nesting dolls version of Jonah and the whale. Yikes.

The bizarre science and the puns get turned to 11. If that’s your thing, this is your movie. I liked it well enough but I think I might go into a cheese-coma from some of what they were doing. Again, this is a B-movie, I get it, but this is the B-est movie of all time.

Chaincaliber (or whatever they named the chainsaw sword) should have had way more screen time. Especially given the scene of the chainsaw in the stone later on in the movie.

There were a healthy dose of cameos and guest stars in this one, continuing the trend in the series. Seriously, thinking back, every cornerstone of the series so far gets cranked to the maximum in this movie. There’s a Wayne Newton appearance. A Dog the Bounty Hunter appearance. A reference to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. References to a lot of pop culture. Just drips with it.

My biggest complaint: “Astro-X” sounds like a sex lube for space cadets.

I might take a break before taking on the fifth and sixth movies in the series. Jaws was four movies, too, and I don’t know if I want to dedicate six weeks in a row to this one series, when this is 9 of 13 in the Shark movies set.

Report Card:
Running Time: An hour and twenty-five minutes.
Shark Death Total: Less than the last movie, still hard to tell in places.
Acting: It is a B-Movie. It’s about right on with the series average.
Shark Effects: Very CGI. And in some cases… just crazy.
Gun Use: And science use…
Gore: The most so far I think.
Creepy? No.
Funny? Sometimes.
Nudity: No.
Pacing: I think we hit peak crazy with this one.