Roboshark full movie review - Insanely enjoyable and one of their absolute best
After ingesting an alien sentinel, a Great White Shark turns into a robotic, armored machine and begins a rampage of destruction across Seattle and forcing a reporter and her daughter to find it's purpose on Earth and stop it.
This is right at the top of the Sci-Fi Channel's best creature features. What really impresses about this one is the far more adept and post- modern story at play here, managing to come off smarter and more self- aware about it's origins without making it a distraction or a running joke throughout the story. The ever-present social media here, from the YouTube video of the opening plane attack that no one believes, to the helmet-cam footage of the opening attack and the later ability of capturing the creatures' rampage on video and letting it spread around the world in order to get the official word out since there's no other survivors of the attacks, is an excellent ploy about modern society and the state of the world with everyone commenting and liking the story enough to finally understand the real motivations behind the accidents. It even manages to go into the absurd realm in the later half with the Twitter updates and feeds there that not only make this unbelievably cheesy and smart but also inject a far more sympathetic light on the creature and really give it a heart despite the fact that it's an emotionless robot until then, and that turn is ingenious in it's execution. Likewise, the fact that there's so much action here is another stand-out factor, with spectacular highlights in the opening coffee shop attack, the strike at the sewage plant and the a fantastic shootout at a mall that all come off really well, and the later scenes of it appearing in the park, down in the school's swimming pool and the final ambush at the Space Needle and the park surrounding it make for plenty of fun with the creatures' still-destructive antics, plenty of outstanding military attacks that bring along plenty of action and the need to keep the family members in check and out of harm's way provides some thrilling suspense to keep the action centered along nicely on the usual flair for cheesy spectacle. That leads into the film's other positive point here, as this one also manages to contain the ever- present level of cheese here with the initial motivation for the creature's biological change, it's overall design and the running jokes here with the celebrity impersonator appearing but also for the early feature of having a shark swimming along in the city's sewage pipes without it being detected despite a creature of that size being able to move through there as fast as it does, not to mention how in the first place. While the CGI might not be the best, this is still one of the best entries produced here.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence and Language.