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"Sharknado" tidbits

July 31, 2014 - Karin Elton
Watched most of “Sharknado 2: The Second One” last night. I couldn’t give it my full attention because I had my 2-year-old tornado er, granddaughter, but I saw most of the good parts.

“Sharknado” is a cautionary tale about a superstorm so powerful that it scoops up sharks (and apparently leaves other marine animals behind) and whirls them around and somehow they escape from the maelstrom and swim in the flooded streets of Los Angeles breaking through business and house windows to get to Angelenos.

Syfy re-ran “Sharknado” before “Sharknado 2.” Tara Reid, who played April, the ex-wife of Ian Ziering’s character, “Fin” Shepard, was better in the second one. She was hard to watch in the first one. Pretty much checked-out. She didn’t know the low-budget movie was going to be a phenomenon, but she should have given it her all because you are getting paid and you might as well do your best.

For example, in the first one, she was anxious about getting to her grown son. Halfway through the movie, they find him. She didn’t give him a hug or acknowledge him or act like his mother in any way. Just the same blank stare that she employed throughout the movie. Maybe she thought, with her good looks, she doesn’t have to perform.

She put a little more oomph into her role in the second feature. April sure knows how to bounce back. She got up after surgery and left the hospital in full make-up, wearing a chic ensemble and was ready to battle sharks and Viveca A. Fox, who was interested in rekindling a romance with “Fin.” “Sharknado 2” takes place in New York and I’m sure New Yawkers got a big kick out of seeing their familiar landmarks ravaged by sharks and precipitation.


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