on a plane!?
When someone names a movie Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and releases
it straight to DVD, you know what you are about to see is going to be
absolutely fantastic. It is the kind of name which instantly screams out
that this is a movie made to be as fantastic as possible, simply because
it promises a “mega” shark fighting a giant octopus. How could
it possibly be bad? Or, if you are of that other persuasion when it comes
to movies, how could it ever be good?
Fantastical title aside, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus is, well, a movie
about a prehistoric shark, a megalodon, and an equally ancient octopus
terrorizing the sea, the air (yes, really, one of the best scenes in the
entire movie!) and even land a tiny bit. Unfortunately, someone decided
the budget or human factor was too low, so rather than simply having shark
and octopus scenes for two hours they had to try and tack on some human
characters which don't get eaten after five seconds and also add some
dialogue not entirely related to being consumed by a giant shark or octopus
in the entire thing.
The good thing about this is that at least they picked actors who knew
how to properly ham it all up just enough so one never feels bad about
mocking it. Lorenzo Lamas (yes, the guy from Falcon Crest) makes a terrific
performance as Allan Baxter, a Navy.. something or other, we're talking
“wow, that's terrible acting!” shouts here. The rest of the
characters, played by Deborah Gibson, Sean Lawlor and Vic Chao, don't
quite make it to Lamas level, but to say the performance is good would
be rather hard. Or maybe it is simply the incredibly bad dialogue and
all the plotholes that are big enough for the aforementioned sharks and
octopi to fit through.
This is all par for course, one would assume, just like the constantly
reused clips of the shark swimming, because presumably the special effects
budget, which must be the larger part of the production, is absolutely
tiny. This is, sadly enough, the movies biggest flaw. There is simply
not enough Mega Shark or Giant Octopus, and while the movie is still absolutely
hilarious, the fantastic idea behind it seems a bit unfulfilled.
All in all, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus falls into the same category
of movies as the classic Snakes on a Plane, it knows what it's doing,
it tries its best to be excellent at it, and sadly, it falls just short
of the mark. However, all is forgiven because it has a title like Mega
Shark vs. Giant Octopus, and also, because it is at least in all ways
a better movie than Aliens Vs. Predator. All in all, not a bad movie to
rent or pick up for cheap if you are a group of people who like unpretentious
movies. We did, and laughed our heads off, after all.