Mega Shark vs. Kolossus
|Mega Shark Films|
Nature's deadliest creature against man's deadliest weapon
Mega Shark vs. Kolossus is an American giant monster film produced by The Asylum, and the fourth entry in the studio's Mega Shark series. It was released on DVD and VOD in the United States on July 7, 2015.
One year after the third Mega Shark incident, the global economy is in shambles, with both Russia and the United States ratcheting up tensions. In Rio de Janeiro, the U.N. is in the process of installing another sonic buoy in its Mega Shark early-warning system when two Unicorn submersibles detect a Russian trawler in the area mining Kopporlyte ore, a key component in a "miracle" energy source called Red Mercury. With Admiral Jackson of the USS Hartung threatening to open fire, Russians agree to report to port for arrest, but their drilling disturbs a Mega Shark egg, which immediately hatches. The buoys fail to stop it, and it quickly sinks the trawler. The Unicorns fire Oxygen Destroyer missiles at the beast to little effect, and it launches one into the Christ the Redeemer statue. The other harpoons Mega Shark and activates its self-destruct, but to no avail.
In Chernobyl, a team of mercenaries led by Benedict discovers a giant robot called Kolossus, along with a canister of Red Mercury. The substances scrambles radio waves, causing one of his associates, Moira King, is exposed as a CIA agent. As she engages in a standoff with the mercenaries, Kolossus activates. Moira subdues Benedict and escapes, while the robot crushes their would-be benefactor, Ivan, along with the Red Mercury. The Mega Shark continues to grow, snatching an American fighter jet out of the sky in Cape Verde. At a defense meeting in Florida, Jackson reveals that he has now been authorized to use isotope warheads in the campaign against it. Dr. Alison Gray, who believes the Mega Shark primarily acts in self-defense, proposes that electromagnetic fields be used to lure it to open water where it can be studied, but Jackson passes over her in favor or her colleague, Dr. John Bullock. She is promptly recruited by tech CEO Joshua Dane, who agrees that Mega Shark should be studied so better countermeasures can be invented. He believes the species is part of the natural order, which is why it keeps reappearing.
King is suspended from the CIA after objecting to the U.S. plan to let Kolossus rampage until it attacks an allied country. Spotting a folder labelled "Kolossus" on her superior's desk, she follows up with its author, Spencer. He explains that the robot is an old Soviet superweapon, powered by Red Mercury and designed to counter the American Strategic Defense Initiative with a walking nuclear bomb. Worse, it has enough fuel and resilience to detonate a thousand times over. He also gives her the names of its inventor, Dr. Sergei Abramov, who disappeared after sabotaging the project 35 years ago. She convinces him to travel to Russia with her in the hopes of finding Abramov and learning the robot's weakness.
Dane takes Gray to his ship, the Redolent, which is equipped with her electromagnetic-field generators. Meanwhile, Jackson's fleet follow Bullock's advice and uses chum to lure Mega Shark to a trap in the Bay of Gibraltar. Gray offers to intervene, but Jackson is determine to proceed regardless of the collateral damage. After tackling one ship ashore, Mega Shark swats a torpedo into King's plane as it flies overhead. She and Spencer regain consciousness aboard the Redolent. He determines that Abramov has returned to his family farm in Romania. Dane offers them use of his Osprey to travel there. Bullock's next lure is a whale rigged to explode, but Mega Shark tosses it onto the deck of an aircraft carrier just before it detonates, sinking it.
King and Spencer find Abramov in an otherwise-deserted town. He is despondant, believing that neither he nor the world that made him built Kolossus deserve to live. He was also the inventor of Red Mercury, which was never able to serve a more benevolent purpose, and the Soviets executed his wife Anya under suspicions of being a spy, leading to his defection. Before he can tell King the location of his controller, Russian soldiers attack. King kills them all, but not before they shoot Abramov. Dying, he leaves Spencer a locket containing a picture of his wife as a clue. They escape just as Kolossus stomps into the town and detonates.
Gray agrees to help an increasingly-fanatical Jackson kill Mega Shark. Her EMF generator traps it in the center of the fleet, but it blows a circuit before they can finish the monster off, and Mega Shark sinks two more ships. Jackson takes one of his sailors and Bullock to the computer core of the Hartung and shoots the sailor. He orders an American submarine in the South Pacific to launch nuclear missiles at Mega Shark, then kills himself to make sure the order can't be rescinded. Gray lures Mega Shark away from the fleet, increasing the time to impact, and buying Dane enough time to reboot the Hartung's systems, which he designed. They now recognize Lieutenant Commander Parker as the commanding officer, allowing her to detonate the missiles prematively. Nonetheless, the shockwaves rock the ship and send Bullock tumbling into the sea. Gray leads the Mega Shark into an inlet, and Parker's fleet seals the entrance. King rescues Gray in the Osprey just before the monster can reach her.
With the U.S. still refusing to attack Kolossus, Spencer and Dane discover the locket is a Red Mercury detector, leading them to an underwater Soviet base which happens to be in the same inlet as Mega Shark. King gets Kolossus's attention by flying a giant American flag beyond the Osprey. Mega Shark lunges at the plane, forcing her to eject, but the flag falls on its head, prompting Kolossus to launch an attack on the titan. Gray, Dane, Spencer, and King travel to the lab in a minisub. They find an incomplete second Kolossus there, as well as the control device. With the facility rapidly flooding as a result of the battle, King brings it aboard just in time. As Kolossus closes in on the Redolent, Dane brings the robot under his command. King moves to congratulate him, but he takes her pistol and his men hold them at gunpoint. Kolossus hands him a Red Mercury canister, after which he reveals that he was the one to hire Benedict - and sabotage the EMF generator. Mega Shark attacks, but Kolossus quickly subdues it and plants a control device on its back. Broadcasting worldwide, Dane announces his plans to save the planet by destroying the Earth's most polluted cities with both monsters.
Mega Shark and Kolossus easily repel an attack from the Russian, American, German, and Ukranian air forces. The U.S. turns to the Gipper, a satellite-mounted laser cannon. Kolossus flings Mega Shark into the satellite, causing its ray to hit the Moon instead of Redolent. Anticipating a nuclear attack, he threatens to vent Red Mercury into the atmosphere, dooming humanity. As he gloats, the control device falls out of Mega Shark, who promptly attacks Kolossus again, severing Dane's link to it. As King takes out Dane's guards, Kolossus fires a laser at his ship. He runs ashore, only for the robot to stomp him. Gray, Spencer, and King escape as well, and watch as the monsters resume their duel. Kolossus drags Mega Shark into the ocean's depths before self-destructing.
In the Agean Sea, another Mega Shark hatches, then devours Bullock.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Christopher Ray
- Written by Edward DeRuiter
- Produced by David Michael Latt
- Executive producer David Rimawi
- Music by Christopher Cano, Chris Ridenhour
- Cinematography by Laura Beth Love
- Edited by Alex Evans
- Production design by Fernando Valdes
- Assistant directing by David Michael Harwell
- Visual effects coordinator Sandell Stagl
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Illeana Douglas as Dr. Alison Gray
- Amy Rider as Moira King
- Brody Hutzler as Joshua Dane
- Adam Dunnells as Wilhelm
- Edward Deruiter as Spencer
- Tara Pricer as Lieutenant Commander Parker
- Ernest L. Thomas as Admiral Jackson
- Jeff Hatch as Dr. John Bullock
- Tim Abell as Ivan
- Milynn Sarley as Milynn
- Alison Haislip as Ali
- Rileah Vanderbilt as Rileah
- Clare Grant as Clare
- Bryan Hanna as Benedict
- Patrick Bauchau as Dr. Sergie Abramov
- Ozzie Devrish as Leader
- Jeff Houkal as Romanian Soldier
- Chris Clanton as Section Chief Steven Hardin
- Meg Rutenberg as Aral
- Marcus Weise as Commander
- Dustin Courtney as Dustin
- Robair Sims as Agent Sims
- Sean Christopher as Seaman Carter
Weapons, vehicles, and races
Mega Shark vs. Kolossus was shot in the Los Angeles area, with filming locations including Long Beach, the Santa Clarita Valley, and a World War II-era bunker.
- Main article: Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark/Gallery.
Mega Shark vs. Kolossus has a 2.7/10 rating on IMDb, the highest of the series.
The Asylum DVD (2015)
- Region: 1
- Discs: 1
- Audio: English
- Subtitles: None
- Special features: Behind-the-scenes featurette (6 minutes), gag reel (1 minute), "The Asylum VFX: Before & After" featurette (1 minute), trailers for Mega Shark vs. Kolossus and seven other Asylum films
Soulfood Music Distribution GmbH Blu-ray (2015)
- Region: B/2
- Discs: 1
- Audio: German (5.1), English (5.1)
- Subtitles: Unknown
- Special features: Unknown
- Kolossus was based on the Colossal Titan.
- The members of Team Unicorn appear in the film as pilots of the Unicorn attack submarines.
- Mega Shark vs. Kolossus includes multiple references to the Star Wars films:
- The Russian vessel the Unicorns identify is a Lambda-class trawler called Tyridium, referencing the Imperial shuttle stolen by the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
- In threatening the vessel, a U.S. naval officer cites "Order 66," Emperor Palpatine's command for the Republic Army to assassinate every Jedi in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
- Parker calls for "attack pattern Red Five," Red Five being Luke Skywalker's callsign in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In addition, the CIA jet King steals is called TK-421, the designation of an ill-fated stormtrooper in the film.
- The USS Hartung is a fictitious vessel, and the hats worn by its crew were originally used in the JAG episode "Promises."
- Another vessel, the USS Latt, is named after producer David Michael Latt.
- Prometheus docks in "Kuleshov's lab," likely named after the famed Russian director.
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