Netflix Review Series: Sharknado

Netflix Review Series: Sharknado

Chaz Giles, Staff Writer

This week in the BlueStocking we are trying a new segment where we review a movie or show from Netflix’s huge library, just in case you ever have a day where you just want to watch a movie to laugh at. We will review movies, both good and bad, for your reading pleasure.

To start out this review, I wanted to pick the crème de la crème of the bad movie world, “Sharknado.”  If you’re looking for Tom Hanks level acting, James Cameron level directing, and Michael Bay level explosions, this is not the movie for you. However, if you’re looking for a movie whose effects are so terrible that you cringe and only managed to get one B-list actor (Tara Reid), then this is the movie for you.

“Sharknado” beings with a fishing boat used to catch sharks for shark fin soup, under the command of Captain Santiago. Santiago is negotiating a deal with an Asian businessman to sell his sharks for the price of $1,000,000. This confrontation leads to a Mexican stand off between the two when a hurricane hits. Santiago, being the seasoned sea captain he is, thinks nothing of the strong waves and continues to try and get his million dollars from the businessman. Little did he know, the hurricane brought more than just strong waves; brought hordes of sharks of all kinds to the boat. The hurricane winds are so strong that sharks are being picked up from the water and thrown onto the ship.

Cut to a peaceful California beach where everyone is enjoying a hot summer day. Surfers are in the water; scantily clad women are sun tanning, and children are building sand castles. Hurricane David breaks this surreal scene with strong rain, big waves, and of course…more sharks. It’s basically the initial beach scene from Jaws, but exaggerated a thousand times with a sassy Australian best friend. The journey of the main protagonist is to somehow make it inland to save his ex wife and children from the shark-pocalypse.

I won’t spoil anymore, but this ridiculous journey includes a drunk man saving a dog with a stool, a police chase, and a flight school student trying to get rid of the tornado with home made bombs.

All in all, I laughed at this movie from beginning to end from the shear insanity of the film. It defies all physics and raises the point, is this possible? All jokes aside it was an enjoyable movie that sent an awful message about sharks. In reality, they aren’t the vicious killers that use tornadoes to their advantage as the movie portrays.

Since the point of this article was to find the worst, not the best movies, I would give “Sharknado” a 10 out of 10 on the Bad Movie Scale. You will laugh, you will cringe, and you will wonder how anyone could have possibly found the money to fund this masterpiece.

Thinking about watching it? Here’s the trailer.