Saturday, August 3, 2013

Originally Aired July 11, 2013; In Select Theaters Friday, August 2, 2013 
1 hr 50 min

When the film originally aired on the Syfy network, it set the twitterverse ablaze with #Sharnado trending among viewers including stars such as Wil Wheaton and even Cory Monteith just prior to his death.  When it aired a second time a week later on Syfy, the number of viewers jumped from 1.37 million viewers to 1.89 million viewers.  As a result they decided to hold a one day showing of the film in theaters nationwide yesterday at midnight.  With all the hype of the film and already a sequel announced, my curiosity was piqued to say the least.
After watching the film, I can see why the film has developed an instant cult following.  But as far as movie plots and acting go, cinematography  this has to be one of the worst disaster films I've seen from Syfy and that's saying a lot.  People are naturally attracted to disaster films, the end of the world or the sky is falling kind.  But also to films that are just so bad, you can help but laugh at it kind.  This movie is both.

Let's start with the plot.  I'm no oceanographer, but I'm willing to bet we won't see a sharknado ever in our lifetime or our next generation's lifetime.  Sawing a shark in half just as in falls down in half is pretty cool looking, but again, it just ain't happening.  (Spoiler, skip this last sentence if you actually plan to watch this.)  Getting eaten by a shark that among all the hundreds and thousands of sharks also happened to eat your friend and your friend is alive, yes, again quite ludicrous indeed.

The acting, oh my, with a cast that includes two Beverly Hills 90210, no less is brave for doing this movie. I'm sorry, but Ian Ziering and especially Tara Reid is just horrible.  The saving graces are Cassie Scerbo and the veteran John Heard for delivering believable performances in an otherwise unbelievable scenario.

While the special effects are adequate half of the time, the sequencing of the film are just horrible.  In particular when Ian's character stops his car by the tunnel to save motorists.  With water over flowing the walls into the tunnels with sharks, how can they go back into the tunnels when the water with sharks have beaten them to it?  Nothing makes sense in this movie, including our innate compelling desire to view train wrecks.

Overall, I would only recommend this film if you would like to waste about 2 hours of  your life and satisfy your curiosity as to what everyone else with too much time on their hands was watching.  Otherwise just skip it and visit your local aquarium.  

Rating: 1.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars.



  • Ian Ziering as Fin Shepard
  • Tara Reid as April Wexler
  • John Heard as George
  • Cassie Scerbo as Nova Clarke
  • Jaason Simmons as Baz Hogan
  • Alex Arleo as Bobby
  • Neil H. Berkow as Carl Hubert
  • Heather Jocelyn Blair as Candice
  • Sumiko Braun as Deanna
  • Diane Chambers as Agnes
  • Julie McCullough as Joni Waves
  • Marcus Choi as Palmer
  • Israel Sáez de Miguel as Captain Carlos Santiago
  • Tiffany Cole as Derek
  • Trish Coren as Nurse Holden
  • Chuck Hittinger as Matt
  • Aubrey Peeples as Claudia
  • Michael Teh as Weinstein
  • Connor Weil as Luellyn
  • Christopher Wolfe as Colin
  • Steve Moulton as Convenience Store Clerk
  • Robbie Rist as Robbie the Bus Driver
  • David Bittick as Nada the 2nd in Command
  • Derek Ian Caldwell as Driver
  • Adrian Bustamante as Kelso
  • Petunia as Herself

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