Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)   2/52/52/52/52/5


Deborah Gibson in Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)

Gibson Jumps the Shark

When a giant octopus and a mega shark are inadvertently released from a frozen ice cap it reignites an age old battle between the beasts which puts people in danger. Whale expert and rogue marine biologist Emma MacNeil (Deborah Gibson) is approached by a government agency to help out. With the help of an Irish professor and a Japanese scientist they try to stop the beast's campaign of terror.

Maybe it is just me but when I come across a movie with a title as daft as "Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus" I only expect one thing, a bad movie. But that doesn't put me off as I like bad movies especially bad movies which entertain because they are bad and when approached expecting bad "Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus" is kind of entertaining. I say kind off because whilst it ticks those boxes when it comes to bad it takes itself too seriously and spoils things.

Now as to those tick boxes well that starts with Deborah Gibson, better known as pop star Debbie Gibson who has the ability to pose in every single scene which is simply funny. Then there is the Irish professor who constantly has to drop in a bit of "Lassie" and "I'm Oirish" to remind us that he is suppose to be Irish. There is also the romantic subplot between Emma and the Japanese scientist which is all lustful looks which is hysterical and a wham bam thank you mam scene.

But that is just the cast and "Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus" whilst having solid camera work is low budget and you can tell that by the fact that some footage is used more than once through out the movie. Then there are the special effects and let's be honest you don't expect much and you don't get much with plenty of poor CGI work. Yet from a giant octopus attacking an oil rig to wait for it... a mega shark leaping in the air to take down a passenger plane it is hysterically over the top. But it is what you expect and anything less than preposterous would have been a disappointment.

What this all boils down to is that "Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus" is a bad movie but it is what you expect and kind of want from a movie with such a preposterous title. But for all that is entertaining for being bad about it there is something about it which prevents it from embracing that it sucks.

Tags: Shark Movies


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