12/8/09

Want some advice? Don't love the ocean too much. It doesn't love you back.

And with that line, Mega-Shark vs Giant Octopus really got rolling.

The best part of the movie had to be the story. No wait, it was the special effects. Or maybe it was the acting...sorry, I don't know where in this steaming pile of awesomeness I should start the tour.

After some deliberation, I've decided that there is just no way I can review this movie. It's too horrible and yet unintentionally laugh-out-loud funny. I simply cannot do it justice.

I fully intended to give you an actual serious review. I did. I swear. I even sat through the entire thing and took notes. That's how dedicated I was to this idea. Instead, I present you with my notes. You can make your own judgement.

It starts with stock footage. The stock mountains. The stock glaciers. The stock under-sea life.

A fake ice slide occurs, to show us that fake ice slides are always occuring:



A nefarious government helicopter drops a low frequency active sonar device. LFAS. The helicopter pilot inexplicably yells "Holy crap!" and then flies straight into an ice wall and explodes.

A fake mini-sub is watching a pod of whales lose their shit because of this LFAS. In this sub are Debbie Gibson and some fat guy who has no business in a mini sub:


The whales are crashing into the ice walls, confused by the sonar.

Suddenly you see:



A drawing of Mega Shark and Giant Octopus! Behind a wavy piece of bathroom privacy glass!

Debbie makes her combo scared/disbelief face:



Someone shoots a bb-gun at the glass (what it looked like) or it got hit by a whale (what actually happened) and they're free:



....and they drift down to the ocean floor, somehow still alive and not frozen to death.

Cut to an oil rig, where there is a mystifying conversation about peeing on a co-worker and something about how Japanese custom frowns upon that. Then, this happens:


Now we're back in Cali, on the beach with the fat guy and Debbie. There's a beached whale with giant chunks taken out of it. I'd like to interject here that Debbie looks like a washed up stripper:


Also, there are some of these:


Then she steals a giant prehistoric shark toof out of the blubber:


Next we go back to Tokyo where a guy who looks like substitute Sulu is interrogating one of the oil platform guys.

Then we're flying somewhere on a fake jet:


Just so you know, this face:


is what happens just before this:


Then Debbie gets fired for trashing the sub and goes to see Sean Connery. Well, not really. It's just some old Sean-lite Irish guy who is an "ex-navy paleontologist guru," and they play with colored water in test tubes and computers with pretty graphics and then he tells her that what she has is a giant prehistoric shark toof.

So then SubSulu flies in to Cali and meets up with Sean-lite and Debbie and they put two and two together, and discover that he has a giant octopus to match their giant shark.

"The polar ice caps are melting because of our thoughtlessness." Debbie says, staring wistfully out to sea. "Maybe this is our comeuppance."

Then they climb into their car with the Obama Change bumper sticker and drive away.

And then we're in a battleship, with the crazy captain who looks like the love child of Hunter S. Thompson and Dr. Cox from Scrubs:


He's tracking the Megashark, but then suddenly it's swimming right at them at 500 knots, and it's not leaving a wake:



That's some awesome special effects right there. As is this:



Of course, Coxhunter's orders from Washington are to destroy the Megashark, which he does. Just kidding. He only thinks he does, and then the shark eats the battleship and his acting career is over.

Then Subsulu, Debbie and Sean-lite get abducted by Government agent Lorenzo Lamas, who can't admit he is no longer Renegade and so still has a pony tail and a coating of grease:

They aren't really prisoners, he just needs their help - and taking people at gunpoint is obviously the best way to get help from people who actually want to help.

At this point, things got dicey, and I stopped taking screen shots and just started jotting down random thoughts as the movie unfolded. Favorite quotes, observations, questions. Oh yes, I have questions.

"They don't rest. They just kill."

Debbie Gibson, Super Scientist. She's making octopus and shark pheromones to lure them together to capture them, but her experiments fail, I think because mixing test tubes full of water tinted with food coloring really doesn't make pheromones.

I thought for sure Subsulu was gay. Then he and Debbie did it in the storage room. My gaydar must be off.

Yay! Good pheromones. You know how I can tell? Because it's no longer food coloring in water, it's the stuff out of a green glow-stik.

Oh, I see. They are trying to draw them in with "breadcrumb trail" of pheromone droppings.

"What, may I ask, is your trap exactly?" "Oh you can ask."

Oh, Lorenzo. It's been too long. Only Bill Shatner rivals you in the overacting department. Or maybe Coxhunter.

And then a fighter plane is slapped out of the air by a tentacle.

"We're going into their world now.. Their pond..."

Cartoon experimental mini-sub again.

Hey, it's a 500 knot shark. (faster than a jet, she says.)

To make the sub go faster, you just have to lean forward in your seat really hard and look serious. Who knew?

Oh shit. It just ate the golden gate bridge. As far as I can tell, its entire diet consists of planes, battleships and bridges. That can't be good for your digestion.

The octopus is still in Tokyo. "Our military has only succeeded in angering it. My god. What have we done?"

OK. The navy wants to nuke them and not capture them, but you knew that.

"I suggest we get some rest and reconvene. Nothing can be accomplished in this state of exhaustion." Yeah, let's take a break while all this shit continues to go down.

Oh no! Dream sequence! Kissing SubSulu! Seeing stuff that only we saw from our omniscient standpoint!

Debbie's breakthrough! Get them to kill each other! Just say no to nukes!

"They were frozen in battle." Wait, how fast did this ice age happen? It's not like Pompeii for fuck's sake.

"They are natural born enemies. They chose to stay and fight to the end. A hate stronger than their combined survival instinct is our only hope."

So what he's saying is, they basically hung around getting colder and colder, and their fight got slower and slower until it looked like a fight on Walker, Texas Ranger, and then they went into suspended animation somehow.

"Neither has followed a consistent pattern." "Yeah, but somehow it makes sense."

annnd...then he quotes Julius Caesar.

The people actually driving the sub? Perfectly still. The people in the back? Bouncing around like they're in a washing machine.

"I want that commander on report!" "That commander saved your ass!" "He should have done it in a more timely manner!"

Emergency turbos activated? Subs have emergency turbos? I'm seriously expecting someone to yell "the engines canna take any more, Captain!"

"We must remain optimistic," he says, looking like he has to shit really bad.

Nuclear subs are driven by one guy with a joystick. Who knew?

"Captain, I'm picking up a massive underwater disturbance. Two bogies. Hard to say what they're doing."

Oh, apparently, they're fighting. From what I am seeing on my TV, I would have sworn they were fucking. And why does it sound like a little kid splashing around in the sink?

"Who has the upper hand? It's impossible to tell. It's just a massive sound." Of a kid splashing around in a sink.

Ooooh, sharky just bit off a tentacle and got hisself inked. The tentacle is back again. Now it's gone. Now it's back.

Could have sworn the captain of the Japanese sub just said there was a massive disturbance in the vicinity of hairy slut. No wait. It has to be something else. OK, I rewound it three times. They are heading towards hairy slut. Case closed.

Everyone in the sub gets tossed to the floor, all the emergency lights go on, there's smoke, all sorts of beeping...and what does the captain yell? "Something hit us!"

Giant Octopus handled that sub like a loaf of french bread.

I just saw Debbie's "O" face.

It's the fight to the death!

"Looks like they finished what they started 18 million years ago."

Oh no, Subsulu is dead.

Debbie is sad.

No wait! Subsulu is alive.

Debbie is happy.

Epilogue: Beach blanket conversation with Debbie and Subsulu.

They're kissing again. Subsulu is so gay in real life. It's like watching George Takei after he came out.

Suddenly, Sean-lite is there. They are needed by the government to chase other newly thawed giant creatures in the north sea. As a team. How romantic.

Roll credits!

Awesome. Go watch it right now.

I'd watch it again, but I have to watch Frankenfish.

36 comments:

  1. I have to know.

    Did she really use the word 'comeuppance'? My Netflix queue update depends on this.

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  2. Wow, Johnnie. You didn't watch this movie with the help of your robot friends, did you?

    It's nice to know B- (and apparently C- and D-) movies still get made.

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  3. I read this once, and I didn't understand any of it.

    I'd read it again, but my head hurts.

    Style points to JV for sitting through this whole thing in the name of science.

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  4. I may have to watch this movie just to see the massive shark launch out of the water and eat an airplane. Although it may scare me so much, I'll never take an overseas flight again! Thanks for the heads up!

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  5. Anonymous5:33 AM

    can't wait for the frankenfish review!

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  6. Anonymous7:26 AM

    Sadly, thanks to your very funny review, there will be a lot of people watching this. I wonder if the actors will go into shock when they get an actual royality check for this?

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  7. Dude, that was some funny shit.

    Now I have to go rent this retarded film.

    Thanks.

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  8. All that and no Academy Awards? Such a shame.

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  9. Does Tiffany star in Frankenfish?

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  10. I have a massive fear of flying...NOW I have to worry about ginormous sharks hurling themselves out of the water...and EATING US?!?! Holy Shit - What's a girl to do. And seriously? Those are some AWESOME effects. I'm sure James Cameron will be calling them any day now.

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  11. Debbie Gibson still makes me feel funny in the groinal region.

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  12. The giant shark flies out of the water and attacks a plane? Really? That might be the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. Really.

    Awesome review, though. Totally makes me want to watch it just for the train wreck factor. :)

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  13. Anonymous12:58 PM

    Holy shit, I am buying the damn DVD right now.

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  14. I've seen Frankenfish. Which is good, because I need to see this steaming pile immediately!

    Great review. What did Netflix recommend you get next, based on your love of Megasharktopus?

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  15. "MSTJV"... Spectacular review. Thanks!

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  16. SM, YES. comeuppance! right out there for everyone to hear.

    Sarah, no, but I was thinking of that the entire time.

    Trav, you have no idea. It gets better every time you see it. I'm fully convinced I will see a boom mic in the shot if I watch it again.

    Dingo, it's amazing. First, they're in the clouds. then they're flying at I'd guess 1,000 feet off the water. Then they're at about 10,000 feet, then they get eaten by a flying shark.

    Anon and Anon, it's so horrible it folds in on itself like some kind of black hole and becomes awesome again.

    Ed, get drunk first. I'm telling you.

    BG, I think it got nominated. Best special effects.

    Alli, dear god I hope so.

    MS, they can fly. No shit.

    Shamus, you're a sick man.

    KJL, yes. And so well done. You'd almost believe it happened. If you were a member of a lost amazon tribe seeing TV for the first time.

    Chris, you don't want to know....

    Tracy, you're welcome and I'm sorry.

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  17. Well, I've updated my Netflix queue and gonna watch it just as soon as I'm done with supper.

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  18. My roommate just freaked out because all she could hear from the living room was this strangled choking sound. Which was me, trying not to fall out of the chair laughing hysterically.

    You know perfectly well the writers had to be smoking some serious crack when creating this screenplay. Maybe that's why I haven't become famous yet.

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  19. Update here: Apparently, I have a friend who thinks this movie is the greatest thing ever made. Has the HD version on his portable hard drive, watches it like 8 times a day. I'm gonna send him over here for this review. (I found out about it whilst trying to trick another of my friends into watching it by saying that you said it was awesome.)

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  20. This is everything I hoped it would be and more. Thanks for stopping the screen shots. I realize they are incredibly fake, but my heart still cannot take the shark ones.

    So...wait did they kill each other? They are both dead? Did they make any sort of hint that a sequel is in the works?

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  21. P.S. I think you should write the sequel. Holy crap how FUN would that be??

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  22. Note to self: Move up Mega-Shark vs Giant Octopus to #1 on Netflix queue.

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  23. Anonymous12:27 PM

    Captain Kirk loves the mountain

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU2ftCitvyQ

    (and if that link doesn't work, search "shatner of the mount" in YT.

    You can thank me later -

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  24. The best still shot was the shark going after the plane. I really lol'd on that one!

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  25. This was awesome. Like the blog version of MST3K.

    Moar plz.

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  26. Aaaaarrrrgggghhhhhh hh

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  27. I'm with Heather Cherry. That was just like so totally awesome and now I wanna watch the move myself, only first I'm gonna get a six back and maybe smoke something so it will all kinda like sorta make sense.

    word verification: angstr. Which is of course as everyone knows is from the Sartre version of Starwars, where Luke SkyWonderer blows up the angst star

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  28. Oh, you so need to change your "I'm just a bean trying to get some sleep" quote tag line to one of these master crafted lines.

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  29. Anonymous9:07 AM

    It's past 1am and I had to stuff my jumper into my mouth to keep myself from laughing my ass off and waking everyone else up! XD

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  30. Chris2:22 PM

    Dear God, WHY can't I learn not to read your blog while I'm at work? I'm snorting Coke Zero out of my nose and tears are pouring down my face while I try to keep my hysterical laughter under control. Damn you, Johnny Virgil......

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  31. You're going to want to see "Godzilla Vs. Destroyah" and "Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell." Both on Netflix, or at least they were last time my husband was home sick. I don't watch that crap. :)

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  32. This is the most amazing review of any movie EVER! It's perfect. I as well just rewound the dvd 4 times to confirm the final fight was indeed in hairy slut.....and that is one deep crevasse!

    Only thing I'd add is when she looks like the washed up stripper, her boss tells her to "go home and think about what she's done"......this was the first sign on the excellent dialogue to come!

    Bravo

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  33. Believe it or not this was on the sci fi channel this weekend and I just had to watch it! Hilarious!
    Loved the test tube scenes!

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  34. peter1:47 AM

    just in time to make your summer AWESOME, syfy delivers the goods!

    SHARKTOPUS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK2bBfuepKk

    i, for one, can't wait.

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