It’s the sequel that seemingly everyone has been waiting for. Sharknado was an absolute sensation whenever it first premiered, but the sequel looked to top its absurdity, gore, hilarity, and sheer awesomeness. So does “The Second One” accomplish all of that? Pretty damn much.
Sharknado 2 takes place shortly after the events of the first. Having had quite enough of the beach and their shark related weather disasters, Finn and April are heading to New York to spend time with his family, Finn is almost instantly recognized on the flight, although no longer as a professional surfer, but rather as the hero that got eaten by a shark and lived to tell the tale. April’s famous too as a successful author of her new book “How To Survive A Sharknado” (they have to be in stores soon). However, the film jumps right into the action as the plane is hit by a Sharknado that comes inexplicably out of nowhere. April loses her hand, the pilots become shark lunch, but Fin (the professional surfer) luckily knows how to land planes and saves all the passengers… minus April’s hand but whatever she has a second one. April goes to the hospital, while Finn goes to meet his sister Ellen and her husband and oldtime friend Martin and their kids. The family doesn’t believe Fin when he warns them that the Sharknadoes are coming back, but the family obviously finds that silly and they all go about their day. The movie makes more of an effort than the first to have somewhat of a story as you can see with the relationships the family has with each other which isn’t exactly perfect especially whenever Fin’s sassy old lover Skye comes into the picture.
After all that boring “plot development,” the Sharknadoes hit and death falls upon the poor New Yorkers. All while this is happening the actual Weather Channel is reporting hourly updates such as “incoming southern shark winds” and “how many inches of shark will be falling per hour.” Because you know, that shit makes total sense! You seriously can’t make this stuff up.
Sharknado 2 decides to pull an Adam Sandler and use dozens (literally) of pointless cameos that serve no purpose to anything relevant. It’s really obnoxious in Sandler’s movies, but whenever the movie isn’t trying to be good in the first place, it’s downright hilarious! Some of the highlights are when Will Wheaton gets decapitated, Jared from Subway gets his friend’s blood on his $5 foot long, and the Michael and Kelly show gets invaded by sharks. Michael Strahan catches a shark with his bare hands and Kelly impales one with her heels! Al Roker even kills one with that terrifying smile he manages to have even when up at 6am.
As you can tell, the action is as outrageous as the original, but does the finale live up to its predecessor? Although it IS good, it’s not quite as outrageously amazing as the original. April gets a chainaw arm, but she totally stole that from Evil Dead. The discovery Fin makes at the end of “The Second One” rivals Fin pulling out whatever her name was of that shark.
If one’s going to be serious and make a few criticisms, the film IS almost identical plotwise to the original film. Although hilarious, it’s a tad lazy. That being said Sharknado is the one weather phenomenon you don’t want to miss this year!