I just watched a film called
……… not a joke…….
I will be referring to what I call the "derp level", the level of utter absurdity and fail throughout this review. In my view, derp level caps out at 9000.
It's about a series of hurricanes on the coast of California (seriously), and since it started in Mexico, all the sharks were swimming to the coast of California anyway. Derp level: 500.
So the hurricane hits California (in case you didn't know, Hurricanes do not occur in the pacific ocean) and brings thousands of sharks with it. This includes a ridiculous amount of Hammerhead sharks, which are critically endangered and would never appear in the numbers seen in the film.
The sharks proceed to terrorize and attack people, despite the stress of being sucked up into a hurricane and cast onto land (in a city, no less). Derp level: 1200
The hero, a surfer /bar owner named Fin [Derp level: 1300] and his employee go inland to rescue his estranged wife. During this time, he fights off flying sharks with shotguns, pistols, and chainsaws.
At the same a EF 5 Tornado develops In San Fernando Valley and makes it's way over to Los Angeles [Derp level: 5000]. The swirling funnel of sharks and debris continue killing people with the worst special effects I've ever seen in my life. THINK: CGI a la the graphics in the original Primal Rage video game for SNES.
The solution they come up with is, since tornados happen when cold and hot air meet, they will fly a helicopter with bombs into the tornado. Not to kill the sharks, but to "equalize" the hot and cold air. That's right. The plan is to blow up the tornadoes. Excuse me, the Sharknados. [Derp level: 8000]
Highlight: Dramatic speeding down a highway where they are chased by a shark infested tidal-wave [ON THE FREEWAY], during pouring rain. The special effect? It's clearly a camera mounted on the hood, facing the windshield. This was obviously filled in a drive-in car wash. How do I know? The windshield gets cleaner and cleaner, and clearly there was rain-x being applied. This scene includes shots of the passengers making dramatic faces, then shots of stock footage that clearly was not filmed in California, or even the united states, with hundreds of poorly animated sharks inserted.
There is a scene where someone is sucked up by the 'sharknado', while his friends look on screaming. Despite the tornado, and despite being mere yards away from the poor sap, their hair is not blowing in the wind, their clothes are dry, and they are completely unaffected by the storm.
The film ends with the the word Fin. Derp level: Over 9000. Yep.
So, was this a serious movie? It played out like a serious movie. Not a hint of Irony. Was it so-bad-it-was-good? Sure, until there were tornados [read: sharknados] in downtown Los Angeles. The level scientific inaccuracy is literally mind-boggling.
6/10 if considered for quality. 10/10 if considered for watching with a group of friends for a good chuckle. Possibly the most poorly thought-out plot I've ever experienced. I enjoyed the film. It's on netflix.