Horror

When Old Meets New – Mega Shark vs. Kolossus (2015)


If there is one thing that is plainly evident, Mega Shark cannot be kept down and despite the Navy trying their best to take the creature out, it comes down to a giant robot named Kolossus to get the job done. To get to that point though, there is a lot of ship-smashing done by the behemoth as it swims around just trying to live its life. Factor in a crazy scientist lady played by Illeana Douglas who thinks she knows how to stop the Mega Shark, a power-mad tech mogul who has plans of his own, some CIA operatives looking to stop the Red Mercury infused Kolossus, a little death and of course, a bit of a rebirth.

Like all of the Mega Shark movies, the plot is fairly similar from film to film and there is nothing inherently wrong with that because if you are watching this movie, you do so because you know exactly what you are going to get – people fighting a giant shark. Like the Godzilla movies before them, the Mega Shark series follows a simple formula with the only difference being the cast and the opposition said shark is going to face. If going into this a person is expecting the film to change everything audiences love about giant monster movies through innovation and a rewriting of the book, then they are bound to be disappointed. On the other hand, it is not to say that The Asylum who makes these great movies makes them great. They usually feature exceptionally low budgets with the CGI leaving something to be desired, but at the end of the day, it is a part of the charm of these films and is easily forgiven as all anybody wants to see is a giant shark smashing and killing things.

Changing the scenery up by featuring a massive robot was good to see as not every threat the Mega Shark has to face should come from the oceans. Sure, the backstory of Kolossus was not all that good and it was a little sad to see Patrick Bauchau having to guest star in this picture, but seeing Kolossus and Mega Shark battle it out in the end was a lot of fun. If there is one thing that can be said of the pictures coming out of The Asylum, it is that they know how to do ‘over-the-top’ and there is no denying that Mega Shark vs. Kolossus is just that.

The acting and the production and the special effects all might leave a little to be desired at times, or all of the time, but for pure, mindless enjoyment, the Mega Shark franchise delivers on all fronts.

3 out of 5

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