In 2013 Syfy released the cult hit Sharknado, in which a freak hurricane had hundreds of sharks rain down on the unsuspecting citizens of L.A. The movie was relentlessly torn apart by critics, but picked up an enormous cult following thanks to the project’s ridiculous synopsis. Of course when they realized they had a hit on its hands, Syfy quickly followed suit with a sequel a mere one year later. After the relative success of Sharknado 2, a third installment was just matter of time.
The Sharknado trilogy, technically speaking, is not a series of well put together films. They feature stilted acting from mostly no-names with the exemption of an occasional once-upon-a-time star (Tara Reid, Bo Derek). The CGI work is shoddy, the direction amorphous, and the plot so far in the realm of nonsensicality that it’s laughable. But dammit, that’s the reason why they’re such a blast.
If you’re not too pretentious to shut off your brain for a couple of hours, Sharknado 3 is a great bit of fun. Picking up from the last installment, our hero Finn has just been presented with an upstanding citizen’s award from none other than the President (played by reality shark Mark Cuban) for his valiant actions. The celebration is short lived though as another deadly series of sharknados are brewing along the East Coast, and it’s up to Finn and his ragtag group of shark killing comrades to stop the madness. Eventually Finn teams up with his father (played by cult hero David Hasslehoff) to bring the gigantic storm down. Luckily for Finn his father was a technician for NASA, and soon the two strap themselves in a rocket to equalize the pressure in the main section of the storm in order to stabilize . . .
You know what, I’m just going to stop entertaining the thought that this movie has a comprehensible plot. The bottom line here is that it’s two hours of full-blown, outlandish mayhem. Sharks are sliced in half by laser chainsaws, our heroes fight the sea creatures floating through space, and David Hasslehoff is given free rein to pilot a rocket ship even though he has no past experience with flying.
If you thought the last two Sharknados’ plotlines were bizarre, the plot for Sharknado 3 is almost ineffable. The whole film is one long setup to finally get the Sharknado to where the audience knew it would go; outer space. Crazy? You bet it is, but I can tell you I was laughing uncontrollably for the last 20 minutes straight. Whether it was the director’s intention to have me laugh, I could care less.
Another bit of fun comes from the crazy amount of cameos the film seems to sport. Among the enormous list is Sharknado alums Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Mark McGrath, as well as newcomers Frankie Muniz, Penn and Teller, Jerry Springer; even Lou Ferrigno gets in on the action as a very awkward security guard.
It’s ostensible that Sharknado isn’t a thought provoking masterpiece for art and film majors to drool over. Go watch Solaris if you want pseudo intellectualism. This movie is for someone who wants to see sharks get blown up with ray guns and torn apart by golden chainsaws. Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! is an over the top, no holds bar action-comedy. If it doesn’t want to take itself too seriously, then hell, why should I?
Just sit back and enjoy the shark annihilating ride.
Watch the outrageous trailer here!
Recommended if you like the first two Sharknados, B-grade movies, great white sharks fighting David Hasslehoff in space
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