Thats all the setup given by the Roger Corman production, and really all a Syfy-weaned audience asks of it. Before we proceed, allow me to explain the complex concept: Dinoshark is half-dinosaur, half-shark. Please re-read that as many as needed for your mind to grasp.
The glorious, sun-soaked Puerto Vallarta is the site of many of a dinoshark sighting and nearly as many human meals. This threatens to spoil the resorts upcoming, all-girl water polo match. For we, the viewers, it damn well better!
Leading the charge against Dinoshark is hunky, blue-collar bad-ass Trace McGraw (Eric Balfour, TVs Haven), he of the sunglasses, deep tan and wardrobe of wife-beaters. Joining him is the requisite hot female scientist, Carole Brubaker, played by the Croatian-born Iva Hasperger, who Im dubbing the Fabiana Udenio of the 10s, which I mean as a total compliment.
The knowingly cheesy Dinoshark plays just like its knowingly cheesy Sharktopus predecessor, as if the script were written with a Mad Libs-esque template, where each entry under "impossible mutant aquatic creature" that previously read "Sharktopus" now reads "Dinoshark."
Even Corman returns in front of the camera, but not in a silent cameo. He gets a bona fide supporting role, and he's good, quite convincing as a man who kindly asks a mariachi band to please keep the volume down.
Some wonderfully goofy dialogue includes such smile-provoking gems as Sharks don't have horns! And Alaska? That's a long way!, That's not a dolphin. That's a shark. Now row! and the Schwarzenegger-ready Welcome to the endangered species list, you bastard. In keeping with every sea-terror flick since 1975, the music score pays tribute to er, rips off Jaws.
Director Kevin ONeill also helmed Cormans ahead-of-its-time Dinocroc in 2004, so he obviously has the skills for successfully bringing nonexistent prehistoric monsters to corners-cutting CGI life on the screen. My entranced 6-year-old wouldnt agree, but I cant say Dinoshark delivered quite as much big, dumb fun as Sharktopus; however, Sharktopus lacks this films climactic leap from a moving Jet Ski and hurl a grenade into the monsters mouth showdown. Weve screencapped it for you, but the real deal is something to see. Rod Lott