Right under everyone's noses, a school of aggressive sharks finds its way to the broad Mississippi River, and before long, they attack a slow riverboat, snapping off the unsuspecting tourists' heads. However, with the famous annual fish rodeo just around the corner, the local authorities are not willing to let a few rogue sharks get in the way of having fun, and of course, making a few extra bucks, refusing to understand that, now that the underwater invaders have tasted the succulent human flesh, they'll stop at nothing to get more. Now, it's up to an old familiar face, along with a team of locals, to lend a helping hand, and try to fend off the blood-thirsty aquatic assailants before they all become shark bait. But, can they stop the ferocious Mississippi River Sharks?Written by
Goofy, but kinda likable sharks-in-the-river flick
RELEASED TO TV IN 2017 and directed by Misty Talley, "Mississippi River Sharks" details events in Mississippi when several sharks travel up the river looking for a new food source and threaten people at a fish rodeo.
Some of these TV shark-attack flicks take the serious route (e.g. 2009's "Malibu Shark Attack") while others shoot for campy amusement (e.g. 2012's "Jersey Shore Shark Attack). "Mississippi River Sharks" takes the latter approach. Thankfully, it's not all goofy; there's some serious drama thrown into the mix, like the blossoming romance between Tara (Cassie Steele) and the black dude (Tahj Vaughans), as well as issues with her dad (Miles Doleac). Jason London plays himself as the star of the fictitious B-movie franchise "Shark Bite," although he wasn't in "Shark Bite 3" (lol).
The meshing of silly comedy and cartoony gore with serious drama offers a mixed experience. It's entertaining to a degree, but you can't take it serious. The presence of Cassie Steele and cutie Ashton Leigh (in the prologue & epilogue) are never milked for their potential. The movie's likable, but overlong at only about 87 minutes. The weak final act drags.
THE MOVIE WAS SHOT IN Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with studio work done in New Orleans. WRITER: Marcy Holland. ADDITIONAL CAST: Dean J. West plays one of the three main protagonists while Michelle West appears as a pesky, but perky reporter.
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