Movie Review - Sharknado 2: The Second One
When Sharknado 'touched down' on the Syfy Channel last year, my expectations were low. Not only did it look like a cheap Piranha 3D rip-off, but Syfy hasn't exactly won me over with any of it's other intentionally shlocky 'Creature Features'. So when I started hearing rave reviews about it, I had to see it with my own eyes. And lo and behold, it was fucking awesome. It's complete lack of pretense and over the top silliness were infectious, I couldn't help myself. But, come on. Surely there's no way that they could stretch the gag into a whole other movie, right? Wrong. Enter Sharknado 2: The Second One. Which not only delivers as many corny one liners, ridiculous gags and cheap laughs as the first one, but doubles down on the cheesy fun. Syfy, you've done it again.
Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) is a man who cannot catch a break. Not long after he saves the city of Los Angeles, Fin is accompanying his ex-wife April Wexler (Tara Reid) on a flight to New York City to promote her book, How to Survive a Sharknado, when suddenly their plane runs into a freak storm. Fin has become somewhat of a reluctant folk hero who seems uncomfortable in the limelight, and given the events of the first film, it's understandable when some turbulent weather gets him a little shaken up. It should be quickly noted, that the nod to the classic Twilight Zone episode here is brilliant. But when it becomes apparent that this is no ordinary storm, Fin and April must join forces with the citizens of New York to destroy yet another Sharknado.
The stars of the original are joined by a great cast of supporting characters, like Judd Hirsch as the Cab Driver and Vivica Fox as Fin's ex, Skye. Then there's 90's MTV staples Kari Wuher and Downtown Julie Brown. Not to mention Judah Freidlander, Andy Dick, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, Billy Ray Cyrus, and even a hilarious cameo by Jared from Subway. But the film isn't just a series of guest appearances from celebrities that are past their prime, that's just the icing on the cake. Because, truly, the most insane scenes revolve around Fin, and Ian Ziering plays every moment with the perfect amount of deadpan seriousness.
There isn't too much more I can say about the film as it is exactly what you expect it to be: Sharknado on steroids. So if you enjoyed the first one, then by all means, dive headfirst into The Second One. You will not regret it. But you'd better hurry, as there's no telling when another Sharknado is going to hit. So you'd better bring a rain coat and a chain saw. Cheers.