You know it’s summer when sharks attack. No, I’m not talking about Shark Week, silly. This is about SyFy’s Sharknado. Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, to be exact. The fourth installment of the made-for-television film premiered this past Sunday and it’s just as you expected… Completely outrageous possibilities jampacked into an hour and a half. Did you really expect something different from a franchise that brought David Hasselhoff to space? Didn’t think so.
Just to recap, this Sharknado movie takes place five years after the last Sharknado attack. The audience takes a glimpse into Fin Shepard’s (Ian Ziering) life while taking care of his son, Gil, with Fin’s mom. At this point, it’s still unclear whether or not his wife April is alive after she was crushed by a piece of aircraft at the ending of the last movie. It was up to the viewers to decide whether or not she lives by using the hashtags #AprilLives or #AprilDies. Spoiler alert: April lives… Sort of! She’s modified like a robot with a limited life span. Can’t we cut April some slack?
Sharknado has taken place in Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, and this time, we’re headed to the city of sin, Las Vegas and Kansas. (To answer your question, yes, there were Wizard of Oz references. Tornados + Kansas? Not a coincidence) Fin heads to Vegas with his cousin Gemini (Masiela Lusha) where he’s expecting to be reunited with his son Matt (Cody Linley). Cut to Matt in the middle of getting married to Gabby (Imani Hakim). In the midst of all of this, a tornado is brewing in the middle of nowhere (a likely story) and hits the latest hotel to open up on the Las Vegas stripclub called none other than “Shark World.” As you expected, there’s sharks in the hotel and so begins the sharknado attack!
And that was just the first ten to fifteen minutes into the movie.
No, really. I even had my friend next to me ask, “When is this movie over?” when it JUST started. If this isn’t action packed, I don’t know what is. I found myself saying, “OK.” “OH!” “WHAT JUST HAPPENED?” “LIKE THAT CAN REALLY HAPPEN?” sporadically throughout the whole movie. Each response varied from scene to scene, of course. Just when you thought director Anthony C. Ferrante thought of all the craziest things to ever happen with sharks and tornados, you’re easily proved wrong because this time there’s an oil-nado, fire-nado, and even a cow-nado.
And look, Sharknado is not meant to be taken seriously. It’s up there with Austin Powers and The Naked Gun. It’s ridiculous and pure entertainment. For example, would a chainsaw store REALLY exist? Would anyone really let their youngest kid handle a chainsaw to tear apart a shark? Would the Eiffel Tower really make its way across the Atlantic Ocean into the United States? If you said yes, I just want to know what world you live in.
I attended this movie’s panel during San Diego Comic Con and didn’t believe it when the cast said the movie would be crazier than we’d ever imagine. It lived up to the hype. The best news of all is that it seems as if the ending of the movie alluded Nova Clarke (Cassie Scerbo) will be back and there may be a Sharknado 5 on the way.
If exaggerated comedies aren’t your cup of tea, skip out on this movie. If you need something to laugh at and take you out of reality just for a bit, this is exactly the thing you need to watch then! Let’s just pray a sharknado never happens in real life.
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