While this isn’t really a horror film, per se, there is an element of fear involved in the ludicrous idea of a giant shark flying through the air to destroy a 747. Am I right? Right…
I’m not going to lie. This is definitely one of my favorite bad movies of all time. Let me explain.
This film is pretty rare in the fact that one of its main characters is an Asian man who is shown as being a romantic interest and sexually active. This doesn’t happen often at all. It’s pretty great. It’s important to talk about the positives of breaking stereotypes in media and media representation as a whole.
On that same topic, another one of our protagonists is a woman, and she’s pretty great in her own right. She’s a scientist, independent, assertive (both professionally and sexually), and similar to the Asian male protagonist, she does a pretty decent job at media representation.
Another way in which the movie is pretty good in terms of media activism is that whenever offensive and stereotypical things are said about the Asian male protagonist and the female protagonist, it is immediately called out. A lot of movies will let sexist and racist remarks slide, as if, “oh that character is just a jerk. Don’t mind him. Nobody else is being affected by his words!” In fact, when movies normalize this type of language, it further naturalizes its usage in every day life. The fact that this movie makes it a point to say that this language is not okay is a step in the right direction.
Aside from my adoration of that aspect, the movie has a lot of gems that make it worth seeing at least once. I mentioned the 747 attack in the introduction to this review, and believe me, that’s enough of a reason to see the movie. It’s a pretty short scene, and the acting is pretty bad, but it’s worth it. It is so worth it. I would link to the scene itself because it is on the internet, but I don’t want to spoil it.
There is also another scene with the Golden Gate Bridge which is similar in almost every way, and it’s also great. I do recommend.
Now for the bad stuff. It’s not a big budget movie by any means, so the special effects are not super high end. This is not to say that it’s not good for what it is. It’s just not up to the caliber of a Hollywood movie which people are used to seeing. In this same line, the acting isn’t the best. Many lines sound extremely forced (one instance of this which is extremely hilarious.. See 747 scene). The writing isn’t perfect either. There are some plot holes that I’ve noticed and some lines are just awkward.
If you can get past the cons of the movie being lower budget and such, then I would say that Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus is definitely worth a watch, at least once! It’s an experience.