Four years after the events of the original "Jaws", the town of Amity suddenly experiences series of mysterious boating accidents and disappearances. Chief of Police, Martin Brody, fears that another shark is out there, but he is ignored by the townsfolk. Unfortunately, he's right. There is another Great White in the sea. And it wants revenge. Written by
Young actors appearing in the movie who were involved in the sailing scenes undertook four weeks sailing training. When the production shoot got interrupted at various times, it was often suggested they go out and practice their sailing. See more »
The old lady is looking straight at the boat when it explodes, yet she fails to see the shark on fire next to it before it drops back underwater. Similarly, she hears the sound of the boat moving earlier, as does Tina, yet neither of them (or Eddie) hear the boat driver's screams or the sounds of the boat being destroyed by the shark. In actual fact, the old lady had a book in her hand when she first sees the waterskier's boat and no doubt got back to her book up until the boat exploded. Likewise, Tina was no longer in in sight of the boat once she returns to Eddie in the dunes. As for the sound of the shark attack, the shark itself does not make any noise and woman's screams would not necessarily have been as loud as the boat engine (even if they were, it could have been mistaken for the women having a good time rather than terror). See more »
Was there ever a doubt that "Jaws 2" wouldn't stand a chance of equaling the
original film? One could only hope that on its own level it was a decent
film. And that is exactly what we get. To try and view this film and compare
it to the original is an impossible task. The original "Jaws" is one of the
great films of all time. Viewers need to approach "Jaws 2" with the first
film completely out of mind.
The sequel picks up a few years after the first film. The setting is the
same (Amity Island) and Roy Scheider is back as Chief Brody. Also returning
are Murray Hamilton as the Mayor, Lorraine Gary as Mrs. Brody, and Jeffery
Kramer as deputy Hendricks. Gary and Kramer have bigger parts this time
around while Hamilton still mills about not doing much of anything as he did
in the original.
The story this time centers around the teenagers of Amity Island headed by
the older Brody sons (who are amazingly quite older then just the few years
passed), particularly older brother Mike and his friends. They all like
parasailing and you know what that means right? Early on Brody starts
getting indications of another shark problem and takes his concerns to the
town board and mayor. One of the biggest flaws in the film is their
attitude, which is the same as the mayor's in the first film. Wouldn't you
think they might have a little concern considering what had happened a few
years earlier? The movie moves at a snail's pace for the first hour but
things pick up in the second half once the teenagers take the sailboats out
and realize the trouble that awaits them.
On the positive side the shark looks as good, if not better, then in the
first film. It is completely convincing. Scheider gives his usual solid
performance despite playing second fiddle to a mechanical fish. And the
second half of the film is quite suspenseful at times. There is one shot
that has to be seen to be believed. An unconscience Mike Brody is in the
water with the shark fast approaching. His friends are trying to lift him
into the boat. The shark comes out of the water and.... well I won't tell
you what happens but I think it is the best shark shot in the entire series
of "Jaws" films.
On the negative side the characters of the teenagers are pretty one
dimensional and we don't get to know many of them well enough to care if
they end up as shark dinner or not. One of the teens played by Donna Wilkes
spends the last half hour doing nothing but screaming. The screams are so
annoying either you almost wish she would fall in the water and be done with
it. A scene with a helicopter in the water is as ridiculous as things can
get. The ending (not revealed here) is a touch silly but if you think about
it the ending to the original was no more silly.
In the end "Jaws 2" is a decent but not great followup. For those that truly
dislike the film I invite them to watch "Jaws 3" or "Jaws: The Revenge".
Those films make part 2 look like the classic the first one
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