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'Sharknado 2' takes SYFY by storm

Sharknado 2: The Second One

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Not long after surviving the world's first shark driven disaster, Fin and April journey to New York to visit family and to promote April's book about their sharknado experience. Not long before their plane is ready to land, the first wave of a deadly sharknado hits the plane. Faced with the reality of another impending sharknado, Fin races to save friends, family, and fellow New Yorkers from death by shark.

Shark Happens!
Shark Happens!SYFY Media, The Asylum
Shark Happens!
Shark Happens!SYFY Media, The Asylum

Premiering on the SYFY last-night (July 30th) and proving that subtext has no place in a film where no one is taking it seriously, "Sharknado 2: The Second One" wastes no time before a barrage of cameos immediately affirm disbelief. Starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, reprising a more shark wary version of their roles in the film's progenitor, Ian and Reid are immediately joined by a continuous flow of familiar faces. Heralding the onslaught of familiar faces, Kelly Osbourne, Robert Hayes, and Will Wheaton are amongst the first to die at the forefront of an endless tide of shark toothed terminations and appearances. Adding a transparently thin layer of authenticity, Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Kelly Ripa, and Michael Strahan offer up regular commentary and updates on the progress of the storm and the devastation being wreaked across the city and metropolitan area. At some point, both Ripa and Lauer join in on the shark slaying fun, Ripa using a 5 inch stiletto, while Lauer opts for a metal rod.

Despite the immediate dive into shark driven chaos, the film's main plot barely keeps its head above water, occasionally introducing new characters, and weak reasons for Ian to tow around famous friends, including Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, and Jud Hirsch. Amidst so much bad acting, bad dialogue, and questionable effects, lots of hokey moments slip through the cracks because of the film's ever increasing levels of ridiculousness. No matter how bad it gets, the constant cameos and irregular moments used to introduce and kill characters, makes it difficult not to laugh and let it all go. Unlike so many of SYFY's feature length fiascoes, Sharknado 2 and its actors don't even bother pretending to be anything more than an exercise in slapstick and comedic thriller production. All of the shots where the actors are running with smiles on their faces, as CG sharks rain down upon them, just drives the point home, as the film's director and editors didn't even worry about these character breaking moments. While it's obvious that the film's producers doubt the possibility of a sharknado, Tara Reid had her own theories, as published today on HollywoodLife.

“I mean, the chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen actually. Which is crazy. Not that it—the chances of it are, like, you know, it’s like probably ‘pigs could fly.’ Like, I don’t think pigs could fly, but actually sharks could be stuck in tornados. There could be a sharknado.”

While Reid may be busy calculating the chances of a sharknado making landfall, Ziering is hoping that the attention garnered by the Sharknado franchise will continue to flourish and grow, if not leading to a dozen more sequels, at least leading to a third on foreign soil. In an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife.com, Ziering expressed his hopes for the franchise's future.

“I am hoping this is a seven course meal! I would like the third installment be taken to foreign shores!”

In the end, only one thing can really be said about "Sharknado 2: The Second One," it's not the best thing out there and it's not the worst. It's just ridiculous enough to be enjoyable, no matter how stupid it is.