Sometime I wonder what the plan was with the first Sharknado. Was it a calculated cult hit, or just another goofy production from The Asylum meant to be aired and then forgotten? When it first aired, it wasn’t such a big hit - the big success rating-wise came the second time, and it didn’t take long until Sharknado 2: The Second One got the green light. In all honesty, the first one wasn’t so good - it’s one of the more sloppy and sometimes even uninspired productions from The Asylum, a company I adore. But they made a lot better films over the years. Now when the second shark-tornado hits the US it’s a lot more inspired, there’s more money, a lot of cameos, some truly insane scenes of silliness and the same crappy visual effects. It’s easy to love, believe me.
Sharknado 2 begins good, really good. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid is on an airplane to New York, suddenly a sharknado hits them and he’s forced to land when the captain of the plan, played by the one and only Robert “Airplane” Hayes (possibly the best cameo in the movie!), is sucked out during a fight with one of them sharks! The Big Apple isn’t worried, it’s probably just normal turbulence that caused the incident - or NOT! Soon a huge motherfucking Sharknado is on it’s way to New York and it’s Ian and Tara’s destiny to save some people they know - I never fully understood their connection (among them Viveca A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Judah Friedlander and the always reliable Kari Wuhrer!) - and the rest of the city of course!
First of all, Sharknado 2 is crap. It’s shit. It’s sloppy and silly and a bit lazy. But that doesn’t stop it from being very entertaining. It’s made with its heart at the right place and fully accepts it’s silliness by inject as many absurd scenes as possible. Just the sight of seeing Ian Ziering riding a shark through the air, over a disaster-ridden New York is worth the time and money. Also finally getting to know what happens during a shark attack in the subway… and is there really over-sized alligators in the New York sewers? Sharknado 2 gives us all the answers and a little bit more. Or maybe not so much more, but at least it’s not boring.
Ian and Tara seems to have a lot of fun, and does what they have to do to sell the storyline. Which kinda is the most important thing with a movie like this. You need actors who take it seriously, without them it’s a joke without a punchline. That’s why it’s a bit annoying to see some of the cameos wasted just because they don’t believe in what they’re doing - and yes, you’ll see laughing extras running in the background.
Gore? I really don’t know, but version I saw was obviously censored (because we all know that movies like these are made for kids...or not. Idiots!) and even the attacks against the sharks were more or less removed. So I can’t wait to see an unrated version. But in the end: I dig shit like this. It makes me happy. It’s list masturbation, completely harmless but nice at the moment - and then it’s forgotten. And you rarely talk with someone else about it.
Except I’m confessing here of liking Sharknado 2: The Second One. But hey, it’s my mind being fried. Not yours.
And yes, I payed some dollars for a t-shirt and a couple of other perks - including naming a shark after our cats Buster & Kitek. Here’s the proof I got from The Asylum last evening: