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Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Year: 2015
Production Co: The Asylum
Studio: SyFy
Director: Anthony C Ferrante
Writer: Thunder Levin
Cast: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Bo Derek, Mark Cuban, David Hasselhoff, Frankie Muniz, Matt Lauer, Michael Winslow, Ann Coulter, Lou Ferrigno, Lorenzo Lamas, Jackie Collins, Jerry Springer, Penn Jilette, Ray J, Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison, Harvey Levin, George R R Martin, Al Roker, Jared Fogle

As this series continues I'm finding it harder each time to say anything meaningful about it that I haven't said. Not only do TV studio SyFy and director Anthony C Ferrante know exactly what they're doing, they're skilled enough at it to not deviate a single millimetre from the conceptual framework and the particular elements (hilarious celebrity cameos, atrocious visual effects, chainsaws) they use to execute it.

We meet sharknado expert and national hero Fin Shephard (Ian Ziering) arriving in Washington DC to receive a medal for his service to the nation from the President (Mark Cuban). He's far from comfortable with the fancy suits, accolades and attention, but he's soon called to duty as a sharknado descends on DC and he and Pres have to suit up and tool up to battle the man-eating killers raining down on the capital.

Even after he contains the threat in Washington, Fin can't help worrying about his family, wife April (Tara Reid) his teenage daughter and his mother in law May (Bo Derek) who are enjoying themselves at Universal Studios Orlando.

Determined to get down to Florida, Finn comes across the sexy Nova, a character (apparently from elsewhere in the franchise I didn't recongise) who's styled herself as a road warrior-type sharknado seeker and shark disemboweller.

They team up, and on the way to Florida Nova and Fin are met with another sharknado brewing that soon develops into the big one, a sharknado storm system that will lay waste to the entire east coast.

The only way to deal with it is to fire a top secret orbiting laser weapon into the storm system before it breaks. That means Fin has to go into space to access and repair the laser platform, so it makes perfect sense than David Hasselhoff shows up as his estranged and stoic former astronaut father who has to fly Fin to space so they can save the day.

The laughs, as always, are in the line-by-line jokes as well as the places the story goes (sharks drifting through earth orbit seeking out victims to chow down on). But in another common element, Ferrante and his producers apparently have the talent to feature camero appearances by names that will be swept up in scandal. After his role in Sharknado 2: The Second One, disgraced newsreader Matt Lauer has an expanded presence here, as does convicted paedophile Jared Fogler, and it's already been reported that they were negotiating with Donald Trump to make an appearance in a later instalment.

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