– (2000) – A submarine crew falls under attack from a giant octopus. Does an okay job handling some of the horror mayhem, but fails in a big way when dealing with the dramatics of military meatheads. A poor man’s Deep Rising, but manages to overcome some of its many shortcomings.
– (2017) – A military guided expedition to an unclaimed island leads to the discovery of a massive ape. Gets off to a rip-roaring start, but after the first major action sequence, the pace takes a serious hit. Separate parties wander toward a rendezvous point amid sporadic creature battles, yet only one character has a background while others go missing for long stretches. The human scope is empty, but the mystique of Kong is top notch.
– (2016) – A young woman travels to a specific vacation spot to surf and recollect, and becomes stranded on a reef by sharks. Yet another water feature that might pretend it’s on par with Jaws, but has no such credibility as it’s more akin to the atrocious Open Water. A drab showcase of a prolonged victim who suddenly rises against an improbable occasion.
– (2016) – Whirlwinds of sharks (and cows) wreak havoc across the country, laying waste to washed up celebrities and those with no future. Gets off to an awesomely bombastic start in Las Vegas, but then settles into the safe corn this series thrives on. Goes to absurd places, and does have some fun vibes.
– (2015) – A theme park centered around deadly dinosaurs falls under attack from deadly dinosaurs. The characters are so blatantly empty that soulless animals gradually become the emotional heroes. A long, dull, and obvious rehash of events already seen in previous installments. This series is evolving in the wrong direction.
– (2015) – The western and eastern US seaboards are in line for a storm that brings sharks. A series that thrives on stupidity now expects everyone to have fun with forced manipulation. Strange in that it takes itself so seriously one moment, then exploits its own ineptness in another. Enough already.