As I was driving along this afternoon, listening to Paco on Panama City’s 97X, Paco made mention about a movie that was on Syfy last week that had suddenly made social media go wild. As it turns out, Syfy was runnning an encore of it tonight, and I got my chance to see Sharknado.
The story starts in the Pacific fishing grounds, where the unscrupulous Captain Carlos Santtiago (Israel Sáez de Miguel) is trying to unload some shark fins to a buyer, Mr. Palmer (Marcus Choi), whom is just as unscrupulous. The two come to an impasse of guns and money after Palmer gets a sample of shark fin soup. suddenly the winds blow up, and soon the fishing boat is awash with spray and waves from an unusual hurricane that is coming up the Pacific Coast from Mexico. Along with all those huge waves are sharks that soon devour the crew, and the unlucky Mr. Palmer.
Meanwhile, in Santa Monica, people are enjoying fun in the sun, and the surfers can’t get enough of the swells that Hurricane David is producing. Retired surf champion, Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering), and his Aussie friend, Baz (Jaason Simmons) are not an exception, and want to get in one more wave before Fin has to open up his bar on the pier. He has a little circle of friends that keeps him company. There is Baz, waitress, Nova Clarke (Cassie Scerbo), and retiree, George (John Heard). Life out in L.A. is about to become very difficult for these four, as the hurricane brings an different kind of thing falling from the sky besides rain. As with the tale of fish falling from the sky in Rhode Island, all kinds of tropical weather anomalies occur in this weird storm. Fin is concerned about his estranged wife, April Wexler (Tara Reid) and kids, Claudia (Aubrey Peeples) and Matt (Chuck Hittinger) in Beverly Hills, and the bar quartet heads inland to check on them.
As they drive east, the storm surge comes in, bringing many sharks along with it, and soon the streets and drains are filled with them. April is unconvinced that she is in danger from the storm, until a shark ends up in her swimming pool, and breaks the window and eats her new boyfriend, Colin (Christopher Wolfe). They have to get out and fast, only Matt is not home. He is at a flight school in the Valley, but Fin was under the impression that he was in Florida, and safe from this storm. Now they have to go get Matt before they can truly head to safety. There are many perils along the way, lives saved and lost, and one might be a little upset when they see likable characters fall victim to nature’s wrath or become part of a shark’s Happy Meal.
This was a fun diversion for a Thursday night, and it will be interesting to see when Syfy will come up with next. It’s already become such a big hit, they are talking sequel with a setting on the East Coast, but most likely not on Amity Island, which is supposedly a fictional town near Martha’s Vineyard. We shall see, and soon. How many weird weather pattern can they fit into a ninety-minute film, along with hostile sea life? Are you going to stick around to find out. I think I might!
I give this film a Musing review of