What is a Halloween Marathon without bringing into some guilty pleasure in the form of Sharknado 3, right?
If you didn’t see my reviews for Sharknado and Sharknado 2, you can find them HERE and HERE! To save you some time, I am a huge fan of Sharknado in all its guilty pleasure and absolutely horribly fun stupidly ridiculous everything. Sharknado 2 was a little over the top, you know. It is kind of like Sharknado 2 was saying to its audience. You know what? You like stupid and brainless entertainment, just let me turn that to an eleven and see what you think about that. Except they turned it to 15 and it just got way out of hand. It was still a ton of fun. I won’t lie that I turn on Sharknado when I really want to just laugh at ridiculous stuff and not think. It is probably why it takes me so long to watch the next sequel.
Here we are! I celebrated the start of my second week of vacation and I did it as a staycation with a gloomy weekend afternoon watching Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Let’s check it out!
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Cast: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo, Frankie Muniz, Ryan Newman, David Hasselhoff, Mark Cuban, Jack Griffo
A monstrous tornado unleashes ravenous sharks from Washington, D.C., all the way down to Orlando, Florida.-IMDB
Man, Sharknado 3 is notched even higher in the ridiculous department. Honestly, I thought it was mad fun except with a whole lot of unnecessary stuff and gratuitous gore and massive stupidity. Its like cheese to twenty and dumb to infinity. That doesn’t mean that it is a “bad” movie. “Bad” because it is no doubt bad but you know this redeems itself a little from the second one. Sure, I am being extremely lenient with the third one only because I just don’t know how to criticize it because it is not meant to be criticized. Sharknado franchise is this wonderous world where it is 0/10 in quality and yet for those who like the mindless stupid fun, its like a 6 out of 10 with this last one. I mean, spoiler alert…they freakin’ fight sharks in space AND Tara Reid’s character April is pregnant and also goes to space. Is that even safe? Throw common sense out the window, because you sure don’t need it for this one at all.
What does make Sharknado endearing is that they can call back to their cast, especially the main character Fin, played by Ian Ziering. He is the bad ass this franchise needs and possibly banks on since he has some cheesy and funny one liners and kills sharks with chainsaws and is willing to always be a hero to save and protect his family. In his mind, if he saves the world in the process than even better. Fin is a great character because he is quite honorable. He sometimes makes some ridiculous things and the Sharknado franchise has made him do over exaggerated things and meet over the top people. At the end of the day, he is still a cool guy to watch. I have to say that I kind of liked Tara Reid a little more from the previous ones. She stands her own ground. I don’t think I’ve ever truly liked her character as April because her role and what happens to her makes the least sense at times.
Moving on, this time, we see the return of Cassandra Scerbo resuming her role as Nova who from the first movie’s sharknado trauma has launched a life goal of tracking and eliminating these disasters with the trusty help of Lucas (played by Frankie Muniz). I like the character of Nova quite a bit. I mean, she is here for a ton of sex appeal. There is no doubt about that especially when there was the one shot where her and Fin jump out of a helicopter or plane or something and land in the waters of Universal Studios Park and walk out in their underwear because you know, you have to keep your weapons and toss out your clothes in times of danger. The most laugh out loud moment of the entire film..kind of. On top of that, guess who else is here? Well, I guess you won’t be as shocked by it than I was if you aren’t a Shark Tank viewer. Mark Cuban has a cameo role here as the President of USA and he gets kind of cheesy bad ass like everyone else here. And of course, David Hasselhoff plays as an astronaut who also happens to be Fin’s father. Which explains how he had access to go out to space to shut down this Sharknado/Hurricane disaster.
Overall, if you were on board with the first Sharknado and embraced what it is. The Second One and Oh Hell No! sequels are pretty much amped up from that. Yes, at many times, it overdoes it a little and it gets incredibly improbable but no one goes into this movie with their brain turned on. If you are able to turn off your mind, this is a good choice. As ridiculous as this one was, somehow I liked this one a tad more than The Second One (which I don’t remember a lot of except for jumping on sharks and the final scene). It isn’t quite the so bad its good level that Sharknado reaches but Oh Hell No! has its own little ridiculous bits to make it worth it. Its able to not take itself seriously and expects its audience to do the same so Sharknado isn’t for everyone. If you liked the first one, you probably will enjoy this one to a certain extent! 😉
Have you seen Sharknado 3? Are you a fan of the franchise?