Reviewing a Sharknado movie may just be the hardest thing I’ve ever done on this site. The Sharknado franchise is its own beast and should not be held to any basic cinema standard. This does not mean it’s bad, but it also means it isn’t good. Series director Anthony C. Ferrante has created a franchise that is immuned to reviews. Not that it won’t receive its fair share of negative reviews, their just not going to effect if people watch or not. Kinda like the Insane Clown Posse (only not grossly embarrassing). Those who love it, LOVE IT and are watching no matter what and those who don’t are probably going to watch it too, if only out of spite. FULL DISCLOSURE: I belong to the group of those who LOVE IT. So we all know where this review is going…
It’s been 5 years since we’ve last seen Fin Shepard (Ian Zering ) and the world is now free from Sharknados. This is due to Aston Reynolds (Tommy Davidson) and he’s invention of an anti-sharknado device, a device that creates a pulse whenever a Sharknado is about to form and prevents them from ever creating. This of course has allowed the world to relax and bask in a glorious world free of Sharknados. Fin has retreated to a quiet life on a farm in Kansas to raise his son, Gill. On a trip to Vegas Fin comes face to face with the first Sharknado in 5 years, but this is no ordinary Sharknado. Oh No! This nado is not sprouting up from the ocean, but from the middle of the dessert and therefore the anti-sharknado device won’t work on them. Now it’s up to Fin and his family to gas up the chainsaws and take down these Sharknados once and for all!
Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens is a hell of a good time. It’s bigger, crazier and jammed packed with so much Sharknado awesomeness I’m pretty sure a law will be passed that prevents future entries from using so much. Just when I thought they had done everything you could possibly do with sharks in a tornado, Ferrante and Co. hit you with a shark bat right upside the head. The running gag throughout the flick of all the different ‘nados’ (Oil-nado, fire-nado and even [my personal favorite] nuke-nado!) went from funny to mildly stupid to annoying to funny again and help keeps things fresh, but that could almost be said for the whole series. Keep hammering till it works!
It’s Sharknado so we can’t leave out talking about the cameos. We all know about Garey Busey and Carrot Top, but Sharknado 4 has a few surprises up it’s sleeve and delivers some amazing cameos (a big stand-out being a car made famous by Stephen King and John Carpenter) with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. I will say that the Ferrante seems to have gotten better with working the cameos in and this time around they are more than just 90’s has beens popping up on the screen. Although, there is a couple pop ups and Guttenberg deserved more screen time! It’s the Gutt! Lay it on thick man!
The effects are cheesy, the one-liners flow freely and the plot is so thin you can see through it, but I would be hard pressed to name another movie this year I had a better time with. Director Anthony C. Ferrante knows exactly what he is making and loves every minute of it. Maybe that’s why people connect with these movies and every year keep tuning in. Or maybe we just like watching B-list actors getting torn apart by huge freakin’ sharks! Either way I know what I’ll be doing a year from now.