Sharktopus comes to DVD

Sunday, 20 March 2011 12:56

I jumped at the chance to review this film, fighting off all competitors to the delights of this fishy tale of a hybrid shark/octopus killing machine. What’s not to like, the cover image on the DVD is homage to “Jaws”, the opening scene is homage to “Jaws”, there is even a producer cameo by Roger Corman which could be homage to Peter Benchley popping up in “Jaws”.  To say this film is a tongue in cheek spoof is to say that sharks are meat eaters. It soon became apparent that this film was not to be taken seriously.

Let’s get the negative bit over with.  Eric Roberts (“The Expendables”; “Doctor Who – The Movie”) would be that negative. Was he sleepwalking? His performance as the scientist responsible for the abomination that is Sharktopus, is wooden at best. He seems to be trying to chew the scenery but cannot quite pull it off. Sharktopus chews more convincingly.

Sharktopus sneaks up on DVDHowever the rest of the cast are better, Kerem Bursin and Sara Malakul Lane make a good pair of Sharktopus chasers,  with Liv Boughn as an investigative reporter and Hector Jimenez (“Nacho Libre”) playing her cameraman rounding out our fishing quartet.

The action begins with a demonstration gone slightly awry. Nathan Sands (Roberts) is demonstrating with the help of his daughter, Nicole (Lane) their shark/octopus hybrid to the Navy. They believe the creature will become the militaries next killing machine. Sharktopus breaks free of its control collar and heads of on a rampage of its own design.

It is up to Nathan and his daughter to get the creature back in their control before too much devastation and death is caused.

They enlist the help of Andy Flynn (Bursin) a top shark fisherman. Along the way they are joined by Stacy Everheart (Boughn) and Bones (Jimenez) who help and hinder in equal measures.

The film has reasonable CGI, the creature is integrated physically well with its surroundings but is too shiny to be believable. Some of the set pieces are great, some are not. The death of a bungee jumper could have been so much tenser. But some of the beach attacks are great. Unsuspecting bikini clad girls are pulled into the sea to be ripped apart by Sharktopus. It is a credit to the film that none of these scantily clad ladies become even less clad as is normal for films of this genre.

It is unfortunate that we are treated to a full viewing of Sharktopus within the first 10 minutes of the film. There is no gradual build up; he is there in his full tentacled glory for all to see. But his dextrous tentacles and very expressive face do lend him a certain charm.

It would not be a good idea to contemplate the science involved too much, I’ve read somewhere that the hybrid would have no means of propulsion due to its anatomy, but we have to let the poetic license win out and not worry about it. After all if Sharktopus was chasing me, I would not be thinking about where he came from or how he moved, I would be thinking about getting away.

You will be laughing out loud at plenty of the deaths and cringing at some (but not all by a long way) of the acting. This film is great fun, as I knew it would be. On first seeing the title you would be forgiven for thinking it could only be awful, but by sending itself up mercilessly this film makes good entertainment. Roger Corman is probably quite happy to have put his name to this as a producer.

“Sharktopus” has a ‘15’ certificate, a running time of 89 minutes approx, and is out now on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment with an RRP of £5.99, or get it for less at www.culttvstore.com

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