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'Sharknado 2' takes a bite out of New York

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When “Sharknado,” one of the SyFy Channel’s cheesy low budget creature features, aired last year it became a surprise hit, based a lot on the buzz of some of it’s over the top insolence on social media. Knowing a good thing when it saw it, SyFy greenlit a sequel, “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” which premiered Wednesday night on the cable channel dedicated to all things geeky. This time the flying sharks hit Manhattan, wrecking crazy death and mayhem.

For those who don’t have cable, the original “Sharknado” depicted Los Angeles being flooded by a freak storm. Along with the rising flood waters came deadly, man eating sharks. Worse, freak tornados lifted many of the deadly fish into the air to fly about to rip off the heads and other body parts of people unfortunate enough to be in the way. It featured (spoiler alert) a man leaping into the belly of a shark to rescue his previously consumed girlfriend by cutting his way out with a chain saw.

Fast forward about a year later, two of the survivors of the first movie, played by Ian Zeiring and Tara Reid, are in an airliner headed for New York. Zeiring’s character is still suffering from a touch of PTSD because, after all, he got eaten by a shark. This is not helped by the fact that the plane is in the middle of a storm. Then, suddenly, he sees something with fins on the wing of the plane….

The sight gags, bad puns, cameos, and cheesy dialogue are all too numerous to mention, though Time Magazine tries to note some of the highlights and lowlights. The SyFy Channel was able to put some more bucks into the CGI so that the TV viewer can properly enjoy New York being trashed by not one but two sharknados.

Needless to say that, after some considerable death, destruction, mayhem, and over the top stunts, the day is saved. This is a good thing because it looks like “Sharknado 3” is likely a go. But where will it hit this time? Some place on the Gulf Coast, perhaps New Orleans, would be a good guess.

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