Friday, March 8, 2013

Mega Shark versus Crocosaurus (2010)

Number Rolled: 24
Movie Name/Year: Mega Shark versus Crocosaurus (2010)
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy
Length: 88 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Christopher Ray
Writer: Micho Rutare, Naomi L. Selfman
Actors: Gary Stretch, Jaleel White, Sarah Lieving, Robert Picardo, Gerald Webb, Dylan Vox, Hannah Cowley, Steve Mason, Robert R. Shafer, Nicola Lambo, Michael Gaglio, Sean Cory, Tarnue Massaquoi, Bechir Sylvain

With a name like “Mega Shark versus Crocosaurus,” what could this movie possibly be about? A crocosaurus is found and captured by a hunter. In the attempts to transport it, his boat is attacked by a megalodon (or mega shark) that just finished demolishing a Navy ship. When the two monsters meet a battle of the giant predators begin. A struggle that causes severe devastation in its wake.

Creature feature. The mere utterance of the genre brings to mind the dregs of the sci-fi horror world. Despite the epic success of such creature features as the Jurassic Park series, Jaws, and King Kong, there is a huge stigma where creature features are involved. Personally, I enjoy them. I loved all of the three mentioned, but I also liked less celebrated films such as Anaconda and Arachnophobia. However, this genre of film is less known for its storylines than it is for bad acting, horrible graphics and the general ability it has to parody more well known creatures (such as the shark to the mega shark or the crocodile to the crocosaurus).

I’d love to say that this creature feature fit alongside the three greats mentioned or even the two goods. I can’t. The storyline was ridiculous. The graphics were even worse and the parts that were supposed to make me jump made me shake my head and laugh instead. Not one of those joyous laughs either, I was laughing at the movie – not with it.

There was one silver lining. I don’t know how they did it, but the actors managed to be really good at what they were doing. Despite the horrible script and the bullshit storyline, I believed Jaleel White was a Navy scientist. I believed Gary Stretch was a rugged hunter. I mean, there were duds among them, but for the most part, the actors really brought their A game to a very B movie.

Netflix makes no mention of it, but I made sure to look it up after getting the feeling that this was actually a sequel. It is. “Mega Shark versus Crocosaurus” is the sequel to “Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus.” Apparently, there are a couple of other films that might be out there that relate to this movie, “Mega Shark versus Mecha Shark” and “Mega Python versus Gatoroid.” To be frank, I wouldn’t watch this movie again, so I won’t go looking for those to see if they actually got made. Search at your own risk.

Overall Opinion – 1.5/5

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