SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘Make America bait again!’

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming is a 2017 American comedy horror feature film directed by Anthony C. Ferrante (the previous Sharknado movies; Headless Horseman; Boo) from a screenplay written by Scotty Mullen (Zoombies; The Coed and the Zombie Stoner).

The film stars Tara Reid (Sharknado films; Charlie’s Farm; Vipers), Ian Ziering (Sharknado films; Tyrannosaurus Azteca; Godzilla: The Series) and Anthony Rogers (Darkness is Coming; Scream: The TV series).

With much of North America lying in ruins, the rest of the world braces for the inevitable: a global sharknado. From London to Asia, South Africa to Mexico, Fin and his family must put a stop to the sharknados once and for all…


“Jumping across the world worked so well, let’s see if jumping across time can keep the streak going. Sharknado 5: Global Swarming is a welcome return to form for the series that defined peak schlock TV cinema nonsense, with bad habits pushed down and even more steps taken back from logic. Once again, this series is providing the only thing a film that has the word “sharknado” in its title is supposed to do: bonkers gonzo entertainment.” A.V. Club

“There’s a theory that the even-numbered Star Treks are better than the odd-numbered … well, the any-numbered Sharknados are terrible. Not one-tenth as funny or outrageous as they wish they were, and proof that all the cameos and margin gags (there’s a nod to MAD Magazine’s Fold-In) in the world can’t make these enjoyable even on the level of a Raging Sharks or an Ozark Shark.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“Simply put, this series has run its course and is currently beating a dead shark. And that’s coming from someone who is more or less a Sharknado fan, or at least a defender of the first few films in the series, which, despite being stupid, have a certain low-budget charm to them. As time has gone by, though, the franchise has gone from amusing diversion to increasingly grating summer obligation.” Paste

” …with Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, the series has officially crossed the line from cheerfully nonsensical to vaguely irritating. Unless you are the type of person who loves to hear the exact same joke told in the exact same way five different times or are a Tara Reid completist (and to be fair, she gets the single best line of dialogue when she remarks “Now you want logic?”), there is no earthly reason to sit through any of it.”

” …there’s momentary hope that Sharknado might actually up its game […] All told, it’s a modest improvement over prior films that, admittedly, exhausted any ingenuity with their cheeky subtitles. Before it’s over, though, the movie feels as if it’s simply lurching between cameos…” CNN
“What sets Sharknado 5 apart from the other Sharknado films is that, about an hour into the film (80 minutes if you’re watching with commercials), Sharknado 5 takes a very, very dark turn.  People who you don’t expect to die, die. Places that you don’t expect to see destroyed end up getting destroyed. It all ends with an homage to one final film and a cliffhanger.” Through the Shattered Lens
” …the Sharknado franchise continues with this completely batshit entry that I have to confess was quite a bit of fun. Yes, making a deliberately ‘bad’ movie makes for spottier viewing than if they did it accidentally, but this is certainly a step back in the right (or wrong, depending on how you look at it) direction.” Shameless Self Expression

” …the weakest one yet (Fabio portraying the Pope? And how many women in this film had lips with too much collagen in them?), turning April (lousy actress Tara Reid) into nothing but a head and son Gil (Billy Barratt) into an adult (played by Dolph Lundgren!) in the end as they take off in a flying time-traveling vehicle that is a direct take-off of Back to the Future (1985).” Critical Condition

Cameos include:

  • Fabio (Model) as the Pope
  • Tony Hawk (Professional skateboarder) as a masterful weapons operative strategist
  • Clay Aiken (Musician) as Llewelyn, a cutting edge technology genius
  • Olivia Newton-John (Musician) and daughter Chloe Lattanzi as Orion and Electra, two brilliant scientists who help defend Australia from a looming Sharknado
  • Bret Michaels (Musician) as a visiting artist that gets trapped in the storm
  • Margaret Cho (Comedian) as a fussy bride whose honeymoon is interrupted by sharks
  • Charo (Musician, Comedian) as The Queen of England
  • Gilbert Gottfried (Comedian) as storm chaser Ron McDonald
  • “Today” hosts Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb as themselves
  • Olympic diving medalists Greg Louganis as Zico, a high-end art thief, and Tom Daley as himself
  • Olympic freeskiing medalist Gus Kenworthy and NBC News investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen as themselves
  • Porsha Williams (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) as Andromeda, an archaeologist, and member of the elite “Sharknado Sisterhood”
    Tiffany “New York” Pollard (“Flavor of Love”) as Vega, a Brazilian black market artefacts dealer
  • Chris Kattan (“Saturday Night Live”) as The Prime Minister of the UK
  • Cat Greenleaf (“Talk Stoop”) and Dan Fogler (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) as themselves
  • Ross Mullan (“Game of Thrones” White Walker) as Dr Wobbegon, a scientist who has made breakthroughs in meteorological studies to track Sharknado storms

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