Sharknado 5: Global Swarming
Cast: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo.
Release Date: August 6th, 2017
Synopsis: As shark-infested storms grow stronger and more complex, the world braces for sharknado’s on a global scale. This year, the mission gets personal for chainsaw-wielding leader Fin Shepard and his bionic wife, April, when their young son gets trapped in a sharknado and is transported all over the world.
On August 6th, the fifth and latest instalment of the immensely popular Sharknado franchise aired on the SyFy channel worldwide.
The latest effort, has been called ‘Global Swarming’, and has been marketed with the tag line ‘Make America Bait Again’, which I have say, that although its simple, its effective and its brilliant.
The film itself tickles, delights, and horrifies you in all the right places.
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid return as Fin and April in what really is an absolute creature feature horror/fun fest. At the end of Sharknado 4: The Fourth Awakens, we saw April get a hefty upgrade from her father (Gary Busey), and now has all kinds of super powers such as a hand that can change into numerous damage dealing weapons, and amongst other awesome things, can now fly.
Fin is his usual chainsaw wielding, shark slaughtering, bad ass self, and continues to do what he does best… Being the go to guy for tackling Sharknado’s.
Nova, played by Cassandra Scerbo, who featured in the 1st and 3rd films returns after her battles in Paris, and has formed a sisterhood to fight back against the sharks, in an attempt to save the world. She has taken on a sort of Indiana Jones roll in this film, running around various locations looking for artefacts in an effort to better understand how Sharknado’s have tormented humans throughout history, and to find a way to stop them.
The Plot: Fin and Nova disturbing an artefact which is an offering to the Shark god, and start a chain of events which goes global, and types of Sharknado’s that have never been seen before, and wont be solved by throwing bombs into the eye of the storm. Little Gil (Fin and April’s Son), gets sucked up into a Sharknado, which at its core, has a portal that transports the Sharknado to a different location in the world.
The artefact that Fin and April are in possession of, allows to summon the Sharknado with the portal that contains their son. Diving head first into the storms in an effort to find Gil, the portal teleport’s them around the world, from the UK, to Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, Japan, and Italy, destroying iconic and historical monuments, and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.
Since Sharknado 2: The Second One, something we have all looked forward to is the list of celebrity cameo’s, and the latest instalment, without a shadow of a doubt has the best yet.
Playing themselves, were:
- Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb and Jeff Rosen from the Today news team in the U.S.
- Kate Garraway, Laura Tobin and Charlotte Hawkins from the Good Morning Britain news team in the U.K.
- Australian Network Nine news anchors Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson
- American talk show host Cat Greenleaf
- Poison front man, and rock god Bret Michaels
- Olympic swimmer Tom Daley
- Olympic ice skater Sasha Cohen
Also featuring in the film, were:
- Fabio as The Pope
- Downtown Julie Brown as the Vatican Consigliere
- Chris Kattan as the British Prime Minister
- Gilbert Gottfried as Ronald McDonald
- Katie Price as the Prime Minister’s PA.
- Lucy Pinder as the Swedish Ambassador
- Nichelle Nichols as Secretary General Starr
- Jena Sims as Nato Delegate Lee
- Charo as Queen of England
- Tony Hawk as The Hawk
- Geraldo Riviera as Dr. Angel
- Olivia Newton John as Orion
- Chloe Lattanzi as Electra
- Dolph Lundgren as grown up Gil Shepard
- John Hennigan as Rodolfo
- Greg Louganis as Zico
What a lot of people don’t get with these films, or seem to completely forget, is that this does not exist in any kind of reality.
It’s not meant to be taken seriously.
Its a franchise where the phrases ‘Too Much’, and ‘What the hell’ mean absolutely nothing. They’re films that you can just watch and enjoy.
If you havent checked it out already, be sure that you do…and have a laugh at how outlandish it is, and then squirm at the many, many people being squashed and eaten by many, many sharks, as Fin and his team of ultimate bad asses take on the sharknado’s.