SyFy Channel has been pumping out a tremendous amount of animal-run-amok creature features in the last decade. With Sharknado becoming a worldwide sensation, it is easy to get caught up in the world of man versus mecha-super-mega-octopus-shark-piranha-gators. On September 14th, 2013, viewers got to see Robo Croc. Sounds like Robocop right? Don’t worry as this film isn’t about a crocodile on the police force at all.
I was sold on the awesome cover art of a crocodile coming at you with robotic red eyes and a waterpark in flames.
No, when I saw the DVD cover almost a year later, I knew I absolutely had to buy this one. I didn’t even look at the cast list because I was sold on the awesome cover art of a crocodile coming at you with robotic red eyes and a waterpark in flames.
The premise sees a failed missile attempt with the package of a mysterious origin fall to the Earth below landing right in a zoo. What are those odds? Lucky for those gene-eating nano-bites inside that there was a curious crocodile approaching. We are then greeted to our lead character Duffy (Corin Nemic, of Stargate SG-1 and Supernatural fame) – resident animal wrangler now called in because of a Government team investigating the zoo area, specifically the crocodile pen where “Stella” is missing. Stella, our curious crocodile, has gotten herself out of the pen and en route to find food. Mission: Eat & Kill.
A waterpark full of Teen Beat jocks and Maxim centerfold girls…
Spliced into these events, we meet two teenage boys making their way into the crowded waterpark – a waterpark full of Teen Beat jocks and Maxim centerfold girls. They’re a little out of their league but try to make the best of it until one gets caught with his hand on his… phone… snapping some video of another guy’s girlfriend. They get tossed in the pool and publicly humiliated but live and learn. Turns out, one of the guys, Rob (played by Jackson Bews – most recently seen on CW’s The Flash), is Duffy’s son. At first it felt a bit confusing throwing these characters in but now the viewer understands… leads son… waterpark… killer crocodile on the way!
Ahhh, so there we have our story. Honestly, it’s not that bad. The CGI of the crocodile is better than some standard fare in this market, with some gruesome kills and the editing is just tight enough that it doesn’t spoil the fun. B-movie clichés and obligatory one-liners play their part to remind us that the film isn’t meant to be taken seriously. The only downfall to the CGI comes as the crocodile evolves into his full robotic form which then suffers the “mecha-shark” style flaws and looks more like a commercial for a kid’s Roboraptor toy.
The special treat for genre fans is the inclusion of the lovable Dee Wallace (The Howling, Cujo, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) as Government Agent Riley. Wallace plays this role straight down the middle, hitting her marks and delivering her lines with just the right amount of enthusiasm that you can believe she wants to be there. Her character is also one of the most interesting, because the nanotech experiment is her baby and she’s got a few secrets for the viewer to discover over the course of the 90 minutes.
Like I said, this movie isn’t that bad. A croc of shit it isn’t. Grab a beer and some popcorn because Robo Croc is actually one of the more decent entries into this sub-genre of recent years.
Have you seen Robo Croc?
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