MEGALODON RISING (2021) Review and overview of The Asylum sequel

 

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‘Too big to fail’

Megalodon Rising is a 2021 American action horror film about the return of history’s greatest aquatic predator. An armada of modern warships is sent to destroy the massive shark but they may not be a match for the voracious beast… The movie is a sequel to Megalodon (2018).

Directed by Brian Nowak (Meteor Moon) from a screenplay written by Andrea Ruth (Shark Season; American Psychos). Produced by Paul Bales and David Michael Latt.

The Asylum-First Class Productions movie stars Wynter Eddins, Freda Yifan Jing, O’Shay Neal, Tom Sizemore (Apocalypse of Ice; Monster HuntersBlack Wake) and Zhan Wang (Swim).

Reviews:

” …Megalodon Rising is among some of the better movies that The Asylum has been spewing out. The sharks actually looked adequate […] Oddly enough, The Asylum still reverts to using the good old thing with recycling and reusing previously used footage in the same movie again and again. The cast in the movie was for the majority actually fair enough.” Paul Haakonsen

“The effects in Megalodon Rising never rise above passable and frequently fall short of even that low bar. Footage spliced in from what looks like a WWII naval film doesn’t help the film either. While they have been putting out better films lately, Megalodon Rising is a throwback to The Asylum’s earlier days. Not just as a sequel to one of their older films but in look and overall lack of quality.” Voices from the Balcony

Release date:

Megladon Rising was released on August 27, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Wynter Eddins … Captain Lynch
Freda Yifan Jing … Doctor Lee
O’Shay Neal … Lieutenant Commander Ahearn
Tom Sizemore … Commander Moore
Zhan Wang … Captain Ping

Technical details:

1 hour 23 minutes

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Trailer:

MOVIES and MANIA says:

As expected, Megalodon Rising is the kind of bollocks The Asylum has served up again and again with seeming no shame. That said, it’s not as bad as Megalodon (2018) which was a real bore. Here, Chinese “hacking” initially drew “the megalodons” because they have a vendetta against the ships responsible. What?

The unrealistic interplay between the typically few members of the American and Chinese navy is at least amusing in its stupidity despite the lack of shark action. And ‘star name’ Tom Sizemore is hilarious every time he appears onscreen in fatigues. The battleships seemingly interact with zero airstrikes and no government panic at a senior level. Crew members at all levels question orders. It’s all utterly ridiculous.

Megalodon Rising is desperate stuff that fills the running time with verbiage rather than fishy action. Worth a laugh, if nothing else.