Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (15)

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Review byMatthew Turner06/08/2009

One out of Five stars
Running time: 89 mins

Sadly, this isn't anywhere near as much fun as it sounds – the acting is terrible (and not in a good way), the script is boring and if you've seen the trailer you've already seen all the effects shots.

What's it all about?
Written and directed by Ace Hannah, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus stars Deborah Gibson (aka ‘80s popstress Debbie Gibson) as oceanographer Emma MacNeill who happens to be present when a secret government experiment shatters a glacier and inadvertently wakes up a giant octopus and an enormous prehistoric shark known as a Megalodon. Soon all hell is breaking loose, with the shark and the octopus attacking, variously, a whale, an oil rig, a passenger jet, fighter planes and the Golden Gate Bridge.

As the death toll rises, Emma teams up with her old professor Lamar (Sean Lawlor), Japanese scientist Shimada (Vic Chao) and shady government official Baxter (Lorenzo Lamas) to try and come up with a way of stopping the creatures. Could glowing green pheromones be the solution?

The Bad
Like Snakes on a Plane, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus is one of those films that has its premise in the title and hopes to lure you in with a kick-ass trailer. Unfortunately, in this case, if you've seen the trailer you've already seen every single effects shot in the movie and the lesser ones (notably the shark moving through the water) are repeated countless times throughout.

The Worst
It's a shame the filmmakers weren't a bit more self-aware, because with a knowing, witty script, this could have been a lot of fun. Instead, everyone takes it all terribly seriously, which only serves to highlight how terrible the acting is.

In addition, the production values are so shoddy (especially Emma's sub interior set) that they're almost the funniest thing in the film, except that they're not actually meant as a joke.

Worth seeing?
The title suggests that Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus will be one of those so bad it's good movies but unfortunately, it's just plain old terrible. Watch the trailer instead – it has all the best bits and is about a thousand times more fun.

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