Rating: 5 stars
Seen 2 times
Seen on: 03/23/2020, 09/13/2013 (rewatch)
A freak hurricane hits Los Angeles, causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in tornadoes and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar-owner Fin sets out with his friends Baz and Nova to rescue his estranged wife April and teenage daughter Claudia.
Rated NR | Length 86 minutes
Tara Reid | John Heard | Ian Ziering | Jaason Simmons | Robbie Rist | Cassandra Scerbo | Chuck Hittinger | Julie McCullough | Marcus Choi | Alex Arleo | Connor Weil | Adrian Bustamante | Diane Chambers | Sumiko Braun | Aubrey Peeples | Christopher Wolfe | Heather Jocelyn Blair
Still not a good movie but viewing it via Prime versus SyFy broadcast back when it originally aired was an improved experience.
Watching this now is interesting because this movie was completely done in earnest without all the buzz and hype and umpteen guest celebrity cameos. It’s ridiculous yes yet still a straight up shark attack flick. It’s just a lower budget “hero saves his family during a disaster” movie. Although it came out before SAN ANDREAS (featuring Dwayne Johnson) it shares the same template.
I can overlook the shoddy digital FX but it’s the photography and editing that brings this down. For example, when they’re speeding away in the Hummer, they keep cutting to closeups of the tires spinning to indicate they are driving fast, “look how fast they are going by seeing this tire!” It’s dumb and lazy shorthand. If they did it once okay but they do it repeatedly.
I forgot how Tara Reid’s role was such a weak ass character when she’s introduced. I was neat to see the Van Nuys airport and hotel where I stayed for week back in 2007 with Yumi while on a work vacation.