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An Exactly What It Says on the Tin movie, clearly aiming for Cool Versus Awesome. Whether it reaches it is up to you.A prehistoricgiantoctopus and a Megalodon shark have been frozen in an Alaskan glacier for millions of years when they're suddenly freed by illegal sonar experiments / a panicked pod of whales / a crashing helicopter / global warming / ice melting due to the proximity of a Hot Scientist in a minisub — it's not clear which. They immediately take up where they left off — eating everything in, on, and even above the ocean in order to fuel their vast bulk. Two Hot Scientists, a Professor and a Jerk AssMan In Black— aided by the US and Japanese navies — team up to combat this undersea menace.As with most Asylum films, the action sequences are few, and rely on terrible CGI, but the writing and acting are dramatic enough to endear it to some fans, particularly those of the Kaiju genre.Followed by Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus and Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark.The Angry Video Game Nerd, on Cinemassacre, has reviewed this movie in "Top 40 Shittiest Shark Movies."It seems to have spawned a subgenre of its own, as there are now several other films of the "Mega [Insert Animal Name]" variety, including Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. The two animals were even merged in Sharktopus, by another studio.
Artistic License – Military: Military default is not nuking. Military default is minimum effort for maximum effect. Nuking is last resort. Which is why they're not considered a conventional solution.
Artistic License – Physics: Aside from the megashark sea-to-air missile, there's the minisub that somehow races ahead of a predator traveling at "jet speed". Research subs are about as agile as tortoises, and move at speeds that couldn't outrun a kayak, let alone a jet. Or a perfectly ordinary shark, for that matter.
Big "NO!": What the Air Force pilot screams instead of trying to avoid the giant tentacle that is about to swat his fighter from the air.
One that continues to sound even after the jet had been destroyed by said tentacle.
Dolled-Up Installment: A lesser-known shark movie from around the same time called Malibu Shark Attack was later re-titled Megashark In Malibu for DVD release. That's right - someone out there wanted to ride the coattails of this film.
Double Standard / Positive Discrimination: At one point the Asian scientist makes a Too Soon joke about Hurricane Katrina. Not long after, the MIB agent says he can commit Hari-Kari if he doesn't want to work with them. Guess who the female protagonist says is horrible?
The sequel proves Mega Shark's immunity to depth charges, as it swims through a phalanx of explosions and only gets annoyed.
Helicopter Flyswatter: Uses the standard version when the octopus swats a fighter plane, and takes it far beyond credibility when the shark leaps 30,000 feet up to nom an airliner.
Hollywood Tactics: The navy fires deck guns at their undersea opponents, instead of using depth charges or anti-submarine missiles.
Hot Scientist: Clearly what they were going for, but both our protagonists are sort of plain-looking at best.
Idiot Ball: Luring two giant sea monsters towards heavily populated cities so they can be captured. Yeah, right.
Jerk Ass: The pony-tailed, misogynist and equal-opportunity racist The Men in Black Allan Baxter. Surprisingly he avoids becoming an Asshole Victim, though a "Making Of" clip on the DVD implies it was written in at one stage.
Laser Sight: When the soldiers burst into his house, The Professor gets one dot on the head and another over his heart (despite the fact that both rifles are pointing at his chest). Do they think he's going to attack them with a megalodon tooth?
Made of Iron: The megalodon's teeth chomp through planes, bridges and warships with impunity.
The Men in Black: Seen standing with blatant obviousness on the beach, as the female scientist examines a beached whale. At least they avoided an Incredibly Obvious Tail in a black van — the scientist only thinks the feds are following her.
No Budget: In so very many ways. The Sinister Government Agency is always guarded by the same guy. All the naval hardware is stock footage. Location shooting at a powerplant serves for a ship, a lab, and a Sinister Government Agency. And (as noted below) they got their money's worth out of the effects shots.
Nuke 'em: The Army (well, one jerk with a ponytail) wants to do this, but is opposed by the scientists. Think of the damaged ecosystem! The risk to the population! The tsunamis! Much of which could have been avoided by not luring these monsters into shallow water near populated areas.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The movie review site Braineater counted how long the shark and/or octopus are on screen. End count? Including cutaways during their brief battle, five minutes and twenty seconds - cut by a third if you exclude repeated footage. Worse yet, half the footage is repeated from earlier in the film. There are, perhaps, five unique effects shots of the title characters.
Space Whale Aesop: Insert the requisite Green Aesop where it's suggested that TV dinner monsters are Nature's way of getting back at us for global warming. Fortunately it's only a single line so we can get on with the movie.
Stock Footage: Of naval warships, aircraft, and a dockyard which we're supposed to believe is a Japanese maximum security prison. A shot of two guards passing each other gets reused as well.
The truth of it is, every single shot with SFX in it is repeated at least five times in both this film, and its sequel.
Technicolor Science: Seen in the Hard Work Montage, which involves large amounts of pouring liquids from test tubes into larger test tubes. All of these liquids are colored. Later they come up with the idea of making pheromones, so it's back to the lab. More colored chemicals are poured. When the mixture glows, the scientists know they've succeeded.
Tempting Fate: You never tell the flight attendant you're going to be married in two days, because you just know a giant prehistoric shark will leap 30,000 feet into the air to chomp your Boeing 747! I mean, it's just common sense, right?
Deadline News: A news copter is reporting on the carnage when the crocasaurus swats it out of the sky.
Mama Bear: The Crocodile is extremely protective of her eggs and young. The explanation the two monsters are fighting is the shark is attracted to the cherping sound emitted by the eggs and the Croc is fighting to defend them. They even come to her aid when she's in trouble.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Had one of the heroes not had the bright idea of bringing the Crocodile and her eggs back from the jungle, she'd probably never have been a threat.
The second sequel contains examples of:
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: After getting hit a few too many times the Mecha Shark goes rampant in Sydney. Yes, in Sydney, it has extendable tank treads. However, subverted with Nero himself, the drone mode takes control away from him and once it's deactivated he is once again on the good side.
Animal Nemesis: Admiral Engleberg has a special hatred for the megalodon because it killed his brother. It gets him too during the battle of Sydney, but not before he gets to drop a lot of bombs on it and even shoot at it with his handgun.
During the battle for Sydney, the Mecha Shark is knocked into the Opera House.
Orbital Shot: The shot of Mike and Rosie embracing at the end does this to a dizzying degree.
Running Gag: Every time Jack starts telling an anecdote about his father, he gets interrupted.
Shock and Awe: The Mecha Sharks have an "Eel Skin" ability that, when online, shocks anything touching the hull.
The Stinger: Mike thinks he can finally get away with lighting a cigarette. Nope.
Tank Goodness: When the Mecha Shark goes rogue, it unfolds tank treads and goes on a murderous rampage in Sydney.
Time Lapse: Used several times to establish time passing for everyday people in Sydney.
Your Size May Vary: Most flagrant when the out-of-control mechashark's mouth shifts from a few feet across when it tries to eat the little girl to several yards across when it's rolling through Sydney's main streets. It's blatantly-obvious that they switched between the small model mechashark and the larger CGI-or-model-mouth version.