Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Script: Thunder Levin
Cast: Ian Ziering, Cassie Scerbo, Bo Derek, Mark McGrath, Frankie Muniz, Ryan Newman, Mark Cuban, Jack Griffo, David Hasselhoff
Running time: 85 minutes
After saving the President of the United States from a Sharknado attack, Fin (Ziering) and his Mrs, April (Tara Reid), head across to sunny Florida, hoping to be free of inclement weather, the kind that comes with a ‘red for danger’ health alert! Unfortunately for them and their teenage daughter, Claudia, the Sunshine State is soon battered by storm force winds and a dangerous tumult of rain. The family, plus some friends that they meet along the way, find themselves in the midst of a savage Sharknado, which looks like it’s due to become bigger than any they’ve encountered before, as it joins forces with other similar storms, up and down the coast.
With its tongue wedged most firmly against its cheek, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! really amps up the collateral damage to new extremes, and also the overall level of human carnage. Consequently, this time around, the stakes are even higher, the gag level is more ridiculous, and the number of stupid, gory deaths has increased exponentially. Plus it’s obvious that the film’s budget must have been a bit more than previous entries in the franchise as there are quite a few celebrity cameos to spot, including David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff, WWE’s Chris Jericho, Jerry Springer, Jedward (gulp!) and the original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, who also has a cameo as a Whitehouse security guard who asks for a selfie with Fin!
Improving on the first instalment, (I haven’t seen the second one yet), this third part is as crazy as ever, with tons of ridiculous dialogue, lots of hammy acting and cheesy one-liners, and even more dodgy CGI sharks than you can shake a harpoon at.
There’s no point with this kind of film trying to do a ‘serious’ critical review or to try and analyse the plot points, as the whole story was probably written out on a napkin in some flash LA restaurant just a few hours before shooting started! However, I will say what I thought of the film…
Sharknado 3 kind off blows its wad a bit too soon, as I think the prologue’s set pieces, set in and around the Whitehouse, are probably among the best in the film, and the film never really returns to those giddy, manic heights again, unfortunately. However, it moves along at such a fast clip that it’s never boring, and the actors, to be fair on them, try and play it all out with straight faces. The film makes good use of some iconic locations and some of the sets look quite impressive, and because the plot is even more bonkers than the earlier films one can only really laugh along with the whole thing, instead of at it. There are even a few catchy tunes thrown into the mix on the soundtrack.
A few other scenes kind of stand out, including the sharks dropping in on a NASCAR rally, the shark sliding down the water slide in a theme park, and sharks rolling around eating people on a rollercoaster! Oh, and then there’s the shark in space…
Coming across more like an affectionate piss-take of B-movie action movies, rather than as a creature feature, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! will probably appeal most to fans of the Scary Movie franchise and other daft comedy vehicles that are aimed mainly at the short attention span teen market.
If you enjoyed the previous instalments, you’ll almost certainly want to see this too.
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment has recently released Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! There is only a, admittedly cool, trailer for the film, plus a couple of preview trailers for forthcoming features, including The Forger and Deadly Target, the latter starring the awesome Michael Jai White.