Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

Number Rolled: N/A
Movie Name/Year: Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Length: 100 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Affiliated Companies: The Asylum, Syfy
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Writer: Thunder Levin
Actors: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Courtney Baxter, Dante Palminteri, D.C. Douglas, Tiffany Shepis, Raymond T. Williams, Judah Driedlander, Kurt Angle, Benjy Bronk, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton, Andy Dick, Perez Hilton, Judd Hirsch, Robert Klein, Matt Lauer, Biz Markie, Kelly Osbourne, Al Roker

Fin and April survived their California Sharknado storm. Romance renewed, they take a trip to New York in order to get together with Fin’s sister and her husband. They haven’t even arrived when the signs of another Sharknado hitting the Big Apple begin to appear. In fact, it crashes their plane and they are thrust into another episode of survival.

When Sharknado 2 premiered, you’re damn right I was watching it with a group of equally insane friends. I liked the first one and had been looking forward to the second one.

Ok, it’s not a masterpiece. It won’t be viewed as amazing cinema in the future, or at all for that matter. It may not even technically be a “good” movie – but it is entertaining and amusing. In the end, that’s what most viewers are really looking for.

As fun as the first one was, I think the second one was even better. Obviously, I’m not factoring in the terrible representation of science or the fact that critics apparently felt like they were smacked in the face by a fin (they hated it).

First of all, the plot was more confident. The writers didn’t have to wonder if anyone would watch; they knew that people would be tuning in to the premiere and then sticking around to watch the encore, possibly even recording it. So they had the freedom to be silly and punny, which brought up the “campy” factor quite a bit.

Secondly, the celebrity cameo’s elevated the interest level. Wil Wheaton, Kurt Angle, there was even Pepa from the 90’s rap duo Salt n’ Pepa. It was like a smorgasbord of awesome!

Third, the references were spectacular. I don’t know if they were on purpose or not, but there were a ton of Evil Dead/Army of Darkness references.

If you enjoyed the first Sharknado then, by all means, watch this one. Even if you don’t like creature features, you might enjoy it. A friend of mine avoids them like the plague and still enjoyed Sharknado and Sharknado 2.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 26%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None yet

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – N/A
Trust-the-Dice Score4/5

The Random Rating: Rated R – for strong violence with blood and gore

P.S. At the beginning of every month I generally do the Top 10 Movies to Look Out For – but nothing I’m going to recommend comes out on the first anyway, so the Sharknado 2 premiere came first.

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