The “Terminator” riff notwithstanding, it’s again a hodge-podge of movie and pop-culture references, with the uninspired nature of the cameos suggesting even talent agents have gotten wise to the notion placing their clients in shark’s way isn’t likely to yield the exposure it once did.
Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo and Vivica A. Fox all reprise their roles, along with some other familiar faces and director Anthony C. Ferrante and writer Scotty Mullen. But the action is even drearier than usual, despite the ocean of possibilities baked into the premise, and the buffet of historical figures at their disposal (literally, as often as not). The movie also has the unfortunate timing to arrive right after “The Meg,” which ups the ante size-wise on summer shark fare.
Syfy asked critics to avoid spoilers in any reviews, but it’s hard to “spoil” something that has already grown this stale, serving up a composted collection of gags. The bottom line is that “Sharknado’s” insatiable pursuit of the bottom line does contain an environmental message about the perils of overfishing, until a stream that wasn’t all that deep to begin with has long since run dry.
“The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time” premieres Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. on Syfy.