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Sharknado 2: The Second One

Year: 2014
Production Co: The Asylum
Studio: Syfy
Director: Anthony C Ferrante
Writer: Thunder Levin
Cast: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica Fox, Kari Wuhrer, Judd Hirsch, Billy Ray Cyrus, Andy Dick, Jared Fogle, Robert Hays, Perez Hilton, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Ripa, Wil Wheaton

Sharknado 2: The Second One has a secret ingredient that completely works and gives the series (let alone each single film) its human backbone, and that's Ian Ziering.

With plenty of the other characters and cameos do it wryly, sometimes with just a little bit of tongue in cheek, Ziering does what Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges did so beautifully in the Airplane movies. Despite how intentionally ridiculous the set-up and action is, his hero Fin plays it completely straight.

Even when he takes part in the film's most hilarious exchange – 'do you realise what we just did? We jumped the shark?!?' – with a co-star, Ziering does his best action hero facing an unthinkable threat, constant scowl and slitted eyes fixed throughout.

In grand 'it's happening all over again' tradition, Fin and April (Tara Reid) are flying to New York to spend time with his estranged brother and family, but as he wrestles with his newfound fame and fortune on the flight across America, Finn is horrified when the plane flies through a huge storm, the swirling winds outside containing familiar foes.

After the plane is damaged and Finn has to single-handedly land the plane, only he knows the truth. An even bigger Sharknado than the one he battled in Los Angeles is heading for his hometown of New York.

As family members and various friends you know will become shark chow sooner or later fan out across the Big Apple to see the sights, shop and go to a baseball game, the storm closes in – all of it monitored by real life talk TV personalities Matt Lauer and Al Roker.

When the sharks hit the fan, it's again up to Fin and the gang to try and get everyone to safety and cut the storm off at the knees. The system generates two giant shaknadoes either side of Manhattan, and when they converge on the Empire State Building, they'll bring a rain of hungry sharks the likes of which the world has never seen. It's time to strap on the weapons, fire up the chainsaws, cook up the homemade bombs and set out.

It's the exact same gleeful, ridiculous fun as the first film and you'll respond to it the exact same way you did to that one. It's a cinematic hamburger and chips, with absolutely no creative or nutritional merit apart from the jolt of short term, easily digestible enjoyment it delivers, and it would get tiresome a lot quicker if not for Ziering knowing exactly what his job is.

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