The latest SyFy "Original Movie" is The Philadelphia Experiment. I guess the "Original Movie" designation must have a statute of limitations as there was another Philadelphia Experiment movie in 1984. Ironically, Michael Paré was in both movies.
The movie actually started out decent, the special effects were even fair. I was hopeful. But when the hero discovered that he could throw lightening bolts and make quasi deflector shields with his hands, the movie truly Jumped The Shark.
Of course, being a Time Travel movie, the obligatory, unexplained plot holes that would cause a paradox were unavoidable. Does anybody know how to write a time travel movie that doesn't have HUGE holes in the plot?
Once the lightening bolts and deflector shields started flying, it was all downhill from there.
This movie didn't really Jump the Shark, it Jumped the Sharktopus. I need to get little Sharktopus silhouettes to give it a rating.
In it's never ending quest to destroy the Science Fiction genre, the SyFy Channel once again lives up to it's expectations and gives us another cheap, poorly written, knock-off remake.
This movie was so bad that the only picture available online was a single image from the SyFy Channel website.
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Legendary film mogul, Roger Corman, the genius who produced such great movies as the original Little Shop of Horrors, Last Woman on Earth, Vampirella and Dinocroc vs. Supergator, has produced what could arguably be considered his magnum opus. Sharktopus.
A shark / octopus hybrid, affectionately known as 'S11", a genetically manufactured as a secret military weapon by research scientist Nathan Sands (played by Eric Roberts), is controlled by a computer chip implant. The control chip malfunctions (who would have ever seen that coming?), and allows the monster to go on a rampage up and down the coast of Mexico, using the many beach resorts as an unlimited bikini buffet.
Not only is Sharktopus a murderous beast in the water, but it can walk on it’s tentacles, and continue it’s buffet on land.
The hero of the movie, Andy Flynn, graciously agrees to track down and subdue the Sharktopus, for $300,000. The caveat, Sharktopus must be taken alive.
After failing to subdue, kill or even hurt Sharktopus for most of the movie, in the final act of heroism before the Sharktopus is destroyed, the Hero, clearly not a rocket scientist, having drawn Sharktopus into a freshwater stream, dives into a pool in the stream, at the base of a waterfall. Perhaps it's me, perhaps it was just "artistic license", or perhaps it was just bad writing, I have to wonder why the hero would try to evade Sharktopus, by jumping into a pool of water - it's native habitat, instead of running into the densely wooded forest only feet away.
The dialog is bad. The CGI is bad. The effects are bad. The acting is worse. The scientific accuracy is non-existent. The only thing that could possibly make this movie any worse would have been if Daniel Baldwin was in it. On second thought, I'm wondering if Daniel Baldwin played the Sharktopus itself.
Sadly, the term "Jumped The Shark" loses all meaning when it clearly should now be "Jumped by they Sharktopus". This is like the ultimate "Land Shark" delivering a bad candygram.
While maintaining their tradition of trying to destroy science fiction as we know it, the SyFy channel aired this film debacle on September 25, 2010
Gratuitous bikini scene from Sharktopus.
Early concept models of Sharktopus.
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Welcome to Bad Science Fiction.com! Science fiction is an amazing genre, unless of course the science "fiction" suddenly leaves the realm of believability, and becomes science "stupid".
The very nature of science fiction requires that we suspend belief long enough to enjoy the speculative fiction masterpiece that we're being presented with, whether it's a science fiction movie, book , art or short story.
Sometimes writers and producers take artistic liberties, even creating a silly deus ex machina just to move the story along or make it more dramatic.
The SyFy Channel (formerly known as the SciFi Channel) is great at this. They seem to have made it a goal to ruin science fiction as we know it.