Destination Truth’s Joshua Gates hosted the television premiere of Sharktopus with director Declan O’Brien and actor Ralph Garman.
Nathan Sands runs Blue Water Corporation with his biomechanical engineer daughter, Nicole. The United States Navy hired Blue Water to create a weapon to use against combat enemies and drug traffickers. So, Blue Water genetically engineered a water monster that is part shark and part octopus. They refer to the monster as S11. Commander Cox of the U.S. Navy visited Blue Water and demanded a demonstration of S11. Nicole advised against it because S11 was a prototype. Commander Cox said he would not give Blue Water anymore of the taxpayers’ money until he sees a demonstration of how S11 will cross enemy lines. The Sands had no choice but to go after a civilian speedboat for the demonstration. As they directed S11 towards the speedboat, the boat made a left hand turn grazing against S11’s control plate. The plate broke off and S11 escaped; free to roam the open oceans. Commander Cox was furious. He cut all funding to Blue Water until they captured S11.
Blue Water tracked S11 to Mexico. Upon arrival, Blue Water engaged the services of Andy Flynn, a former employee. For $300,000, Flynn leads Blue Water employees on a search and recover mission. Before they stop S11’s killing spree, an obnoxious CNE reporter captures S11 on camera attacking civilians on the beachfront. CNE called the sea monster Sharktopus.
This television movie is definitely not a love story. Sharktopus is a cold-hearted movie. For instance, a girl walked along the beach with a metal detector. She stopped to dig up a large gold coin. An old man taking a walk was watching her. As she looked at the coin, tentacles slithered out of the water, grabbed her, and dragged her into the ocean. The old man watched the whole thing. Instead of calling authorities, he picked up the gold coin and happily left the beach.
Sharktopus is not an Academy Award nomination movie, but it’s not entirely cheesy either. The idea of a half shark and half octopus killing machine is pretty unique. The creators of Sharktopus get an “A” for an original idea. Also, it is obvious that someone did research on science and marine life for the script.
Children or people with weak stomachs should not view Sharktopus. Target audiences are college kids and horror movie fans.
April MacIntyre, “Syfy’s Sharktopus on Sept. 25, Eric Roberts Talks Tentacles,” Monsters and Critics.