Mega Shark vs. Kolossus (2015) – Review

3 Stars

This is the fourth entry into the unlikely Mega Shark semi franchise for Aslyum pictures. Even though it may not be a direct mock buster, Kolossus bears a striking similarity to a certain, um, Terminator-which just happens to be arriving in theaters a few weeks after this is debuting on television. That is part of the innocuous appeal of the flick that features one-time staunch indie film supporter Illeana Douglas. A filmmaker so anti commercial that she infamously called out Jon Favreau for his escape into studio filmmaking, who now appears in a genre b-movie…go figure.

Appropriate this ‘monster movie’ has an anti-science paranoia that harkens back to the days Godzilla stomped around a post-nuclear Japan. Deep within the corridors of power in Russia, government lead scientists are searching for a new energy source. Their experiments go awry and reawakens a powerful 10 foot tall robotic device from the Cold War era known as Kolossus.

As is one threat to the world’s safety wasn’t enough, a re-energized and even larger Mega Shark emerges from the depths of the continental drop. What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? That’s the basis for a confrontation between man’s baddest creation and mother nature’s freak accident.

Obviously, this is movie has neither the imagination of Jaws or the sleekness of Terminator, but it has some rowdy fun a few chuckles, and more entertainment value than the over-hyped Sharkanado series.

Director: Christopher Ray
Stars: Illeana Douglas, Amy Rider, Brody Hutzler

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