Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009)
Directed by Jack Perez
Written by Jack Perez
Starring: Lorenzo Lamas, Deborah Gibson, Sean Lawlor and Vic Chao
Deborah Gibson plays Emma, a marine scientist who borrows a submersible to watch whales. When the whales start to behave erratically, due to the government dumping sonar transmitters into the ocean, they start to bang into the ice caps causing them to crumble away. As Emma tries to guide her submersible out of danger, she spots something in the glaciers. Little known to her, a mega shark and a giant octopus were frozen in combat millions of years ago and now, thanks to the disruption to the ice, they have been freed. The two beasties soon wreak havoc onto the world, with the octopus sucking down an off-shore oil rig, and the shark flying thousands of feet into the air to eat a passenger aircraft. It’s got to be seen….
Emma investigates the creatures with the help of her old tutor, Lamar (Sean Lawlor), and Japanese scientist, Seiji (Vic Chao). The group are called up by government official, Allan Baxter (Lorenzo Lamas) to destroy the creatures. Together they must defeat these pre-historic beasts before they kill humanity.
This is one of The Asylum’s best loved films and it’s not hard to see why. Yes, the effects are cheesy, as is the dialogue and everything else that it has going on, but it’s pretty fun to watch. The main actors put real gusto into their roles in what really is a mediocre yet passable storyline. Most people who will be watching this know what the are expecting though: a CGI B-movie. Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus manages to tick those boxes and deliver one hoot of a feature. It even has a sex scene in a broom cupboard, for gods sake! 😉
My only quibble, apart from the romance that sprung out of fresh air, is the fact that Giant Octopus is fairly overlooked and does not get as much attention as Mega Shark. Clearly, Mega Shark is the Julia Roberts of the animal kingdom whilst Giant Octopus is Tori Spelling. Also, the ultimate showdown (Thrilla in Manila) between the two whopping creatures is pretty short and unfortunatly the glimpses we do see are not very good.
Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus delivers charm and wit despite its budget limitations. It even has a scene of a shark eating an aeroplane. I mean, if that’s not worth a watch, what is??!