It Flies? Super Shark Reviewed

11 Jan
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He makes Jaws look like Flipper…

Rare is the movie that gets it all right. I don’t mean that in a “Silence of the Lambs”, “The Godfather”, or “Joe vs. the Volcano” way. I mean when a movie hits a certain level of bat-shit crazy, so bad it’s good, b-movie awesomeness and keeps things there for most of the film. And never takes itself too seriously – a fatal flaw many movies of this ilk suffer from. Mega Piranha comes to mind when I think of the short list of movies that have hit this “zone”. With Super Shark, I’m happy to say a new movie has made it to that list.

Sarah Lieving stars as a microbiologist who hates sharks (as they do). After an oil rig sinks off the California coast, she comes to a nearby beach town looking for answers, and quickly finds out that Big Oil is the lesser evil at work here. The oil rig has unintentionally woken up a prehistoric mega-shark (no, not this one), and boy is it pissed.

Insane premise? Check. Mind boggling character decisions? At one point the military patrols the beach, waiting for the shark to arrive, and every single one of them has their back to the ocean (I guess they were expecting a covert shark air drop), so check. Laugh out loud cheesy set piece? There’s a battle between the shark – on the beach – and a walking, kicking tank that must have been constructed from the best leftover parts World War Two had to offer. I think you can guess the answer here.

Special effects were what you’d expect from a movie like this, given the budget. There were no horribly fake rubber creatures that you’d see in an Asylum film, but this won’t be confused with Jurassic Park anytime soon. One that really missed the mark was the walking tank, though its incredible CG fake-ness actually helped with the guffaw-inducing epic beach battle scene.

Acting is what you’d expect – hit and miss. Fortunately, most of the “miss” comes from bit players – the main characters all do decent jobs. Tim Abell does a good job as Skipper Jack, though casting Bruce Campbell in that role would have taken this movie to an even higher level. John Schneider gets top billing as the “evil” oil executive  but his is more of a bit role. After all, he isn’t the antagonist – the shark is. The less said about the extended cameo from JJ Walker the better.

Fair warning – keep in mind that you still have to be in the right mindset to enjoy a movie like this. You still have to be able to embrace the camp. Super Shark is great for what it strives to be – a cheesy, camp-tastic romp that won’t take itself seriously and sincerely hopes you won’t either. The “I’m in for something awesome” grin will stick with you for most of the movie, which is probably the best compliment I can give a movie like this. If you are a fan of these movies (and I can’t imagine you’d be reading this post if you weren’t), I highly recommend finding this movie on DVD or streaming it from Amazon.


9 flying, tank-fighting sharks out of 10

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3 Responses to “It Flies? Super Shark Reviewed”

  1. phoenixx24 January 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    This looks AMAZING!

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    • thomasserio January 12, 2013 at 12:04 am #

      Yes. Yes it is… 🙂

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