I had heard about this film probably a day or so before it was originally broadcast, but had just shrugged it off as another of those SyFy films that aren't worth the time to record or watch. By the time I was getting ready for Comic-Con, it seemed that everybody was talking about it and even the Mainstream Media had to chime in. In San Diego it was amazing how many people were talking about it and SyFy was taking advantage of the word-of-mouth by passing out postcards on the street promoting a sequel. They were really clever by setting up a contest where folks could tweet in a suggested title for the film.
The film was instant 'cult classic' and if you've seen it you already know why. It's fun with full of overacting, fake violence and laughable dialogue. Pretty much all you need to be a success and start a franchise.
The basic plot (and it is really damn basic) is that a series of tornadoes over the Pacific Ocean off of California ('natch!) picks up the schools of man-eating sharks that coincidentally have come to the area. Their first target happens to be the Santa Monica pier where hundreds of tourists suddenly find themselves chum. Fortunately, a few folks are able to take shelter in a bar owned by Finley "Fin" Shepard (Ian Ziering), a former champion surfer a couple of co-workers and bar regular George (played with gusto by John Heard). Hard to believe that Heard, a one-time Emmy nominee, is reduced to this stuff, but everybody has got to pay the rent. I also wonder if he only played George as drunk or was taking a few real drinks just to be able to get through the script until he met his fate.
Anyway, Fin and Co. make their way to his ex-wife's home to protect both her and his daughter. The fact that neither wants to see him or want his protection is something you can foresee from early on, but you also know that by about halfway through this adventure they will be a bit more grateful that he showed up. I'm not going to give anything else away, since you can probably figure things out for yourself from just the trailer and from having seen any film of this type the past twenty years.