Oh Jesus Christ. I bought this DVD at Wal-Mart for $5. So already I knew the quality. The fact that it’s an epic battle between a… well… mega shark and a giant octopus… let’s just say I knew it was going to be crap, but probably a fun watch anyway.
Boy was I mostly wrong.
First up, if you’re going to use CGI to do a fair amount of the action for you (shark coming towards naval ship for example), don’t use the SAME DAMN SHOT three or more times. Or when your shark and octopus are fighting.
There were other instances as well. Stock footage is weak. It’s even weaker when used multiple times.
Second, if you’re going to write a movie and fill it with nobodies, at least make sure they can act. These people cannot. And, along with this, make sure the plot is believable. For the most part, this movie is not bad in that regard, but the ‘love story’ is complete shit. People don’t know each other for a day or so and then fall madly in love to have sex on a navy ship. Just doesn’t happen.
Finally, continuity errors are crappy, especially when they are brutally blatant. If you remove those, chances are you’re on your way to a brighter future as a filmmaker.
And include some kind of special features on the DVD! A “Making Of…” or “An Interview With…” or even a drunken commentary track.
Unfortunately for me, however, there is also a sequel. Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus, which naturally I now have to hunt down and buy, simply because it stars Jaleel “Steve Urkel” White and Robert “The Doctor” Picardo, and looks to be a better movie in general.
Check the trailers for both flicks below.
4 out of 10.