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Has some good elements from the first film but mostly just turns out a "teens in peril" style movie
It has been years since the shark attack that terrorised the small island community of Amity and many wounds have healed as tourism has grown back to booming levels. However the disappearance of divers, a mysterious explosion of a speedboat and a body of a killer whale with chunks missing out of it has Chief Brody back on his high-horse again. Running around shouting "shark" without any real evidence does little to impress Mayor Vaughn, who as usual has his eyes on the fickle tourist dollar. However is Brody just reliving past experience or is he right? (Hint: the clue is in the title).
Following up what is considered Spielberg's classic lesson in fear was never going to be easy but doing it in the manner that this film did it meant that it was rather on a hiding to nothing from the start. The sequel is strongest when it repeats the build up and unseen fear of the original. Sadly this is the minority of the film as the majority is about a load of teens being terrorised by the shark in the way that other groups of teens have been terrorised by everything known (and unknown) to man in an attempt to get the "youf" market in the door. In fairness the first half of the film does have some interesting stuff in it but mostly it wastes these as part of the build up. The best example of this is Brody himself he does appeared to be unreasonable and carrying a lot of pain and fear from the first time but this is never something we explore as the film instead just retreads the whole thing between him and the Mayor to little effect.
Talking of effects, the shark is as rubbery as before no better no worse. However what is different is Szwarc's apparent desire to show the shark as a matter of course and does so to the detriment of building up gradual tension out of little touches. The cast are very mixed. Scheider returns as does the best he can but there is no help from director or writer here; so he does his same character the best he can but the viewer is never in any doubt that this is an inferior product. Gary and Hamilton also return but are given very little of interest to work with. The rest of the teen cast are annoying. It is not really their fault because they are told to be teens and scream lots, which is what they do without really achieving much.
Overall then a very so-so sequel that has some strong elements that it has lifted from the original film and then lots of lesser elements fill out the film. The "teens in peril" aspect is a bit tiresome and doesn't do much other than provide fodder for the shark. In its favour though, the film looks like Citizen Kane when viewed alongside the other Jaws sequels.
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