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Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (2014)

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Mega Shark
> Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
> Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus (2010)
> Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (2014)
> Mega Shark vs. Kolossus (2015)
Genres / Traits:
Creature Film, Natural Horror, Sci-Fi Action, Science Fiction, Kaiju, Sharks
Director:
Emile Edwin Smith Emile Edwin Smith
Starring:
Christopher Judge Christopher Judge
Elisabeth Röhm Elisabeth Röhm
Matt Lagan Matt Lagan
Paul Anderson Paul Anderson
Debbie Gibson Debbie Gibson

2.6 / 10 - Overall Rating

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When another Mega Shark returns from the depths of the sea, world militaries go on high alert. Ocean traffic grinds to a standstill as everyone lives in fear of the insatiable beast. Out of options, the US government unleashes the top secret Mecha Shark project -- a mechanical shark built to have the same exact characteristics as Mega. A pair of scientists pilot the mechanical creature as they fight Mega in a pitched battle to save the planet. But when faulty mechanics cause the Mecha to go after humans, the scientists must somehow guide Mega to Mecha in hopes that the two titans will kill each other - or risk untold worldwide destruction. --TMDb
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Review by Crispy
Added: June 26, 2014
Having just watched Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, I thought I'd keep the trend going with Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark.

After two different appearances by a vicious megalodon shark in recent years, the U.S. Navy realized that if a third should show up, there may not be another giant animal showing up at the same time to pit against it, so they decided to build their own. The husband-wife team of Jack and Rosie has been hard at work on the Mecha Shark, a submarine that resembles a megalodon and is co-piloted by an artificial intelligence named Nero. Not a second too soon, as an iceberg being pulled by a tugboat shatters, releasing the megalodon inside. The shark makes his way across the world, destroying ship after ship, forcing the UN to harbor all merchant and fishing vessels, putting the global economy into a tailspin. With no time to lose, an overzealous Navy Admiral forces Jack and Rosie to pilot an upgraded, untested prototype version of the Mecha Shark and fry this ferocious fish.

It's amazing how often I type this, but this movie should have been incredibly hard to screw up. Should have been. Instead of just giving the viewers what we want to see, they have to get all creative and do their own thing. On the surface, you might think they've gone the simple route. I mean, the best route to take is to give me two sharks, let them go at it a time or two, raise the stakes, then let them finish it in the big climax. By all rights, they've done that, but it's that "raise the stakes" step they screwed up. I'm not going to spoil it obviously, but let's just say they focused more on the mecha shark than the megalodon. I let out a depressed sigh as I noticed what route they were going down for that final half hour, and let me just say, Stacy is one of the most annoying six-year-olds ever caught on film.

The few bouts between the sharks were also quite the disappointment. I'm not even talking about the CGI here; obviously, it's The Asylum's usual sub-par level, but I'm perfectly fine with that. No, that wasn't the problem. First of all, you could barely see what was going on because everything was so dark, and even worse than that, their fights were so boring. The two kind of jostle back and forth a few times, but they spent more time just circling around each other. With a "mecha" shark, there's no limit to the toys they could have given it, but they just gave it a few torpedoes and called it a day. They could have given it lasers, built in saw blades, jet thrusters, spinners. Something! Nope. Just torpedoes. Four of them if memory serves. Oh, and one other parlor trick that makes no sense considering what it was built for and has to do with the aforementioned final half hour.

When my brother told me about this sequel, I was incredibly excited. Unfortunately, the final product left me incredibly underwhelmed. There's a few moments here and there that put a smile on my face, but ultimately, left me disappointed. 4/10
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