Sunday, October 14, 2012

Raging Sharks (2005)

Synopsis: Doctor Mike Olsen returns from his oceanic observation station, where his wife Linda feels in charge, when it's reported in desperate trouble after a sudden shark attack wrecked the oxygen supply. The accompanying ship and even the coast guard are also attacked, and soon other sites in and around the Bermuda Triangle, where a few years earlier an alien space ship crashed, which now seeps a mysterious organic crystal. The US Navy sends a submarine, which also carries bureaucrat Ben Stiles, who berates safety and other violations aboard. More dangers lurk inside as getting out proves physically daunting.

A better, non-embeddable trailer can be found here.

Here's something you don't see everyday. A movie with a poster that looks like a really terrible boring documentary that is IN FACT a movie about mutated alien sharks! Maybe not so physically mutated but the alien crystal that crashed to the ocean that the sharks are gobbling up is DEFINITELY making them irritated. It's like they all have massive ear infections and since they have no hands in order to scratch their ears they take their frustrations out on Corin Nemic.

If there's anything a direct to SyFy channel/straight to video creature feature can do to make itself countless times better, it's casting Corin Nemic. This guy was made for TV acting. I love him. He takes every character he plays and cranks it up to 11. You need him to be crazy, he'll be psychotic. You need him to panic about the death of a coworker...he'll go down right ballistic. (This part of the movie is easily the single greatest part of this movie. Worthy of 3 rewinds from yours truly.)

The effects are shockingly good in this movie. Well, the alien effects are good. I'm going to assume they found the alien suits in a Universal Studios trash bin and rehashed them for this movie. They are excellent, terrifying looking monsters. You see them in the first 5-10 minutes and then it's all about an underwater station going bonkers for an hour, then the aliens return to get their crystals back. (Which is pretty much stolen from the movie Night of the Creeps but I'm totally ok with that.) The shark effects are...meh. Bad CGI here and there mixed in with lots of stock footage. Pretty standard fare for a movie of this caliber and is at this point in cinema today to be expected.

The deaths are a lot of fun. Sure they're in an underwater laboratory but the writers of this movie found a lot of ways to get the actors outside to be eaten.

Raging Sharks was a surprise to me. I own it on a 4 pack with 3 other pretty bad movies and I was ready for this to be just painful. Wrong. I really enjoyed it. And I'm all about space and aliens and if any movie can find a way to mix that into a shark movie, it has approval from me. The pacing is good, the acting is fun, the absurdity of it all will keep you glued to the screen. (WHAT OTHER COMPLETELY INEPT AND IMPOSSIBLE EVENT WILL HAPPEN NEXT!?!? WHO KNOWS...must keep watching)


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