The last day of November and we get to play another round of one of my favorite movie games, “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Or Can He?”. Yes, today’s movie stars Corin Nemec which means I get to enjoy watching and seeing if he lives or dies during the movie. So far, in the 4 movies that he stars in and I have already watched for this blog, he has a pretty good record of 3-1 for Not Losing. But will he be able to improve that record with today’s movie, Raging Sharks? Let’s find out.
The plot: In outer space, a space ship collides with a space station, causing them both to explode and sending a container hurtling through space. The container eventually falls to Earth, where it crashes through a tanker ship before plunging deep into the ocean in the Bermuda Triangle. 5 years later, Dr. Mike Olsen and his wife Linda are heading up an underwater expedition in the area inside their underwater lab, Oshana. They notice some magnetic spikes in the area and an increased number of sharks but are unable to find any other results due to their outdated equipment. Mike is preparing to head to the surface for a meeting and talks with Linda about quitting what they are doing and settling down to start a family and Linda says they will talk about it more when he gets back. As one of the scientists, Jonas, studies some strange orange crystals that were found outside, two maintenance workers head outside to make some repairs. When a group of sharks attack the divers, Linda goes outside to try and help them but is too late and manages to stab one of the sharks in the eye and make it back inside before she is killed as well. Vera tries to radio to their support vessel, the Paradiso, but the sharks chew through the support cables, cutting off the radio and oxygen supply. In Boston, Mike is heading towards his meeting when he hears about the incident and is told to head to the docks to board a submarine, the U.S.S. Roosevelt, in order to head back and rescue the rest of the crew on the Oshana. On board, he meets with Captain Riley, who is not happy about his sub being used for the mission, as well as Ben Stiles, who works for the M.O.A. and is trying to find out if the accident was due to negligence on Mike’s part. Meanwhile, the Paradiso sends a diver down to inspect the cable and he is killed, as is a member of the coast guard when he is knocked off of their plane as it flies over the site. A group of sharks attack some people at a beach in Bermuda but one of the sharks gets caught in some netting and drowns and when the authorities dissect it, they find the same orange crystals in it’s stomach. Elsewhere, a film crew hears about the shark attack and heads towards the area in a boat but the sharks attack and sink their boat, then kill the film crew. Hearing about the shark attack, Mike asks for the test results to be sent to him and learns that they contain unknown elements. Reaching the Oshana, Mike learns that the Roosevelt doesn’t have any rescue apparatus and prepares to swim out to the Oshana along with Stiles, who threatens to have Mike detained if he doesn’t allow him to go. As they make their way towards the Oshana, Stiles starts taking pictures of the sharks activity, which causes the sharks to swim towards them and they are nearly attacked but manage to make it inside. Once inside, Mike tells everyone that they are abandoning the station and starts having them back-up all of their data so they can head towards the Roosevelt. When a surge from the container causes some of the Roosevelts systems to malfunction and preventing them from opening any hatch for 35 minutes,
Mike and another crew member, Carlo, are forced to go out to fix their oxygen reserves as they only have 20 minutes of air left. Taking one of their mini sub outside, they attempt to make the repairs but the sharks attack them, killing Carlo and trapping Mike in a reef. Mike has Linda send a message to the Roosevelt, asking them to fire a torpedo into the sharks in order to give Mike a chance at escaping and they reluctantly do. Mike survives the blast but as he is heading back to the Oshana, he notices the cylinder and takes a sample of the crystals back with him. Back on board, Mike argues with the chief engineer Harvey, who has a panic attack and steals the last mini sub to attempt to escape but he is attacked by the sharks and killed. Realizing that Stiles has disappeared, Mike asks Riley to make a call to the M.O.A. to find out about him. Meanwhile, Jonas examines the crystals Mike brought back and learns that they are stabilized cold fusion but when Mike and Linda get up to the room, they find Jonas is dead. When Riley contacts Mike to tell him that the M.O.A. has never heard of Stiles, Stiles suddenly appears and begins shooting at them, revealing himself to be military intelligence and that his mission is to silence the Oshana team. Stiles kills Vera, then Lou when he attacks him, and though Mike and Linda manage to get away, he grabs Simona but when he learns that she can’t help him escape, Stiles traps her in a room as it floods. With their oxygen running low, Mike and Linda fight with Stiles and eventually manage to kill him but with the Roosevelt ordered to leave, they resign themselves to their fate and sit back to die. Suddenly, a spaceship appears in the water and Mike sees two aliens on the oceans floor retrieving the cylinder and then flying off before the Oshana explodes. Riley tells the crew about the destruction of the Oshana but they are surprised when Mike suddenly begins knocking on the hatch and drags an unconscious Linda inside with him. After reviving Linda, Mike asks Riley if he saw the aliens and theorizes that the sharks were protecting the cylinder but Riley doesn’t believe him, thinking he is merely suffering from oxygen depletion, but Linda says she believes him as the two embrace.
Once again, Parker Lewis can’t lose. This was an entertaining movie for me to watch, for a number of reasons. The acting was pretty decent, with Corin Nemec (Mike) doing a good job in his role, as did Vanessa Angel (Linda) and Corbin Bernsen (Riley) but I thought Todd Jensen (Stiles) was too stiff in his role. The story was a little odd but I understand why they made the addition of the alien angle in order to explain the sharks acting as they did. The special effects were decent and the camp factor that you would expect in a low budget movie wasn’t as prevalent as I had hoped. Personally, one of my favorite parts of this movie is how they reused some footage from some of the other shark movies that Nu Image Films made, somewhat similar to how Raptor (which also starred Cobin Bernsen) used footage from the three Carnosaur movies. One of my favorite instances of this involved the scene with the film crew, where they reused footage from Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, but had new actors in the close ups wearing similar clothes as the people in the old footage so it did not look too bad, so long as you disregard the whole gender swapping that occurred with some of the characters. A decent sci-fi shark movie to watch if you have some time to kill, but there are some better ones out there, both in quality and campiness.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5