CYCLONE attempts a to create a huge disaster film on a minimal budget, which it successfully manages to convey through an impressive opening storm and clever use of models and miniatures. The film gained notoriety for supposedly containing scenes where real human cadavers were fed to sharks, but the fact has never been confirmed. After a violent shipwreck, the stranded survivors face terrible storms, dehydration, shark-infested waters, and the inevitable cannibalism when the food supply runs low. This isn't your fevered and frenzied cannibalism from the Italian zombie films of the 70s and 80s, but a reluctant means for survival similar to ALIVE. It isn't long before paranoia and self-preservation begins causing strife on board, especially with water running desperately low. The dry documentary style filming and stifled acting fails to bring any heart to the picture, leaving the film to rely on the more exploitative elements to carry the plot. These are delivered in a few shocking moments where the survivors are eaten alive by sharks, a dog is skinned for meat, and human becomes the new menu item. In the end, the film lacks the emotional punch needed to win over the audience, but considering its size and scale, it is a valid disaster effort out of Mexico that is worth checking out!
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