Sharknado 3 (2015) Review: Better, Not Great
“Oh Hell No!”
Synopsis: A monstrous tornado unleashes ravenous sharks from Washington, D.C., all the way down to Orlando, Florida.
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Sharknado 3 is the first movie in the franchise to actually be worthy of such a ridiculous premise. Unlike Sharknado and Sharknado 2, the third movie actually leans into its silliness from start to finish. There’s a lot less attention paid to family drama, and the pacing is much improved from the earlier films. As in the second movie, Sharknado 3 takes the better parts of the previous attempts and adds them in. It’s not quite “third time’s the charm” – but it’s closer than I would have expected this franchise to get.
There’s very little attempt at logic when it comes to this script. Everything is bigger, badder, funnier – and more nonsensical. Honestly, there’s no remote attempt at a coherent plot… and the movie is better off for it. The president has a bandolier of grenades; a shark climbs up a roller coaster; they go into outer space. It’s almost refreshing to have the franchise finally give in and go completely crazy. I just wish the filmmakers had done it two movies ago.
Along with the unbelievable scenarios, the movie also takes a cue from Sharknado 2 and loads the movie up with cameos. Most people play themselves – we see Grant Imahara, Jared from Subway (again), and Frankie Muniz. By far the best addition to the movie is David Hasselhoff as Fin’s father; his part is suitably ridiculous for such a legend.
Of the first three movies in the franchise, Sharknado 3 comes the closest to a “so bad it’s good” level B-horror movie. It doesn’t quite make it, but it’s nice to see that after a couple of attempts, the filmmakers are starting to catch on. If you’re into madcap creature features, it’s not a terrible addition to a tipsy horror evening. I still recommend watching with friends and alcohol, but you don’t need to risk a hangover for this addition to the franchise.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: C
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