Mutated and Hungry… – Octopus (2000)

If there is one thing that Octopus does right from the first moment it starts, it is to deliver an interesting backstory that tells the audience essentially how it is the titular creature of the movie comes about. The film begins during the Cuban Missile Crisis and soon cuts to the present day which involves spies and terrorists and all of them soon together upon a submarine in the depths of the ocean where they encounter a giant octopus looking for a little protein.

Of course, the movie does go into a little more depth and it does so quite well. There is history, character development and a giant monster to boot and all of it makes for a good watch. There is a bit of bad acting present which is just slight enough that it is easily overlooked due to the actual presence of a good story and that in itself is a bit of a miracle given that this was a made-for-television movie and even better, fairly good special effects when it came to the giant octopus. During those scenes where the monster is about to feed and it comes up out of the water with its maw gaping wide, it is quite terrifying and not only because of what the makers of the film accomplished, but because there is the possibility that a creature like that could be real. The oceans are deep and dark and mysterious and if giant squid can exist, why not giant octopus? Sure, they would probably not be mutated by nuclear waste or what have you, but one never knows what might exist within the bowels of the ocean and it makes this giant monster just a touch more relatable to the viewer because of it.

Out of everything in the film, there were two weak spots and that was actors Jay Harrington and Ravil Isyanov – the two responsible for the aforementioned bad acting and the poorest performances found within. Not only that, their characters were fairly unlikable and it did not get any better no matter how far into the film one got. Carolyn Lowery was decent, as she was in just about anything she appeared in, but if the casting could have been just a bit stronger, the movie would have been far better than it ultimately turned out to be.

As far as B films go, as good as some monster movies might be, Octopus turned out to be all right. The creature effects were good as was the story as a whole; it just needed a little fine tuning to be great.

2.5 out of 5

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