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Jaws 2 is a 1978 horrorthriller film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is
the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's 1975 Oscar winning classic Jaws.
Although there would be two further films in the series, Jaws 2 is
generally regarded as the best of the sequels. Set four years after the
events of the original film, another great white shark arrives on the
shores of Amity Island. After a series of deaths and disappearances,
police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) suspects that the culprit is
another shark. However, he has trouble convincing the town's selectmen.
He has to act alone to save the group of teenagers, including his two
sons, who meet the shark during a sailing expedition.
Like the first film, the production was troubled. The original director, John D. Hancock, proved to be unsuitable for an action film and was replaced by Szwarc. Scheider was also unhappy during production and had several heated exchanges with Szwarc.
The film's tag line, "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...", became one of the most famous in movie history and has been parodied and homaged several times.
This time, the shark takes it personally.
With the return of all the major players (except for Richard Dreyfus), this worthy sequel manages to generate the same level of atmosphere, excitement, and enjoyment as the first. There are two factors that make this inferior.
The first factor is the story. The premise has been done now, so the fresh edge is done and gone. That doesn't detract from the work, and opens the opportunity for the story to take over. And it does so, with a vengeance.
The second factor was the absence of Dreyfus. He was the strongest supporting character the horror genre had ever seen, and this work lacked for lack of him.
I found this remarkably good, slightly inferior, but still quite enjoyable.
It rates an 8.2/10 from...
the Fiend :.
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My Take: A huge step-down from the first, but definitely not an awfully
bad sequel as it might have.
(This is an extended version of the review I wrote on February 2007)
If there's one thing bad about JAWS is that it spawned a series of sequels that try so hard to duplicate the success the original, that they tarnish the goodness. The aptly-titled JAWS 2, the first among these follow-ups, is not nearly as bad compared to where the series has fallen, but where else could all this possibly start?
This sequel to the blockbuster-hit classic "Jaws" lacks the right pacing unlike the first. Moves a bit slow and almost all the shark attacks take place in the second half. But still, this sequel is a distance from the oblivion JAWS: THE REVENGE has reached.
Roy Scheider reprises his role from the first film, and manages to be a fine. His heroic battle in the last parts was especially exciting. The film also has another good scene where the shark sinks the rescue helicopter (who even knew he could do that?) . But still, some parts show great suspense like the first film. But all is occasionally worn down by some blah human dimension that only wears down the pacing. Not even some effective performances can save these slow scenes.
Overall, I kinda liked it, although not much as the original, but still "Jaws 2" is good stuff, a nice movie to add to your collection.
Rating: *** out of 5.
"Jaws II" isn't as good as the first one, but it's actually really
decent on it's own merits.
As Amity prepares for a new resort complex to be opened, Police Chief Martin Brody, (Roy Scheider) and wife Ellen, (Lorraine Gary) are still taking care of sons Sean, (Marc Gilpin) and Michael, (Mark Gruner) due to their constant involvement in the water. A series of boating accidents in the local waters prompts Martin to suspect another shark in the area, which is laughed away by Mayor Larry Vaughn, (Murray Hamilton) for fear it would ruin the local developers. When a false alarm at a public beach leaves him without a job, he imposes a stricter ruling on his sons going out in the water. When he finally gets evidence that it's a shark in the waters, Michael goes out with friends Tina Wilcox, (Ann Duesenberry) Jackie Peters, (Donna Wilkes) Eddie Marchand, (Gary Dubin) Andy Nicholas, (Gary Springer) Brooke Peters, (Gigi Vorgan) Paul 'Polo' Loman, (John Dukakis) Timmy Weldon, (G. Thomas Dunlop) Larry Vaughn Jr., (David Elliot) and Doug Fetterman, (Keith Gordon) and goes water-skiing. When they are attacked by the shark, Martin races to their rescue before it takes them out.
The Good News: There is actually a lot to like in this one, and it's surprisingly decent. The shark in here is the best feature, being featured prominently and getting a chance to show off how great it looks. It's more believable than in the first one, and there's some really good suspense fathered from it's deformed and scarred face. The burn marks go the extra mile and give this beast a little more menace to it since it really looks more demonic and with the personality demonstrated, it makes for a more effective threat. There's a couple of great early attacks, where the fin surfaces behind an oblivious water-skier and trails them underwater for quite a long time until the eventual chomp, and the suspense is full-on and never really denied. All of the attacks lead to the film's one truly imaginative scene, the debacle at the beach when what Brody thinks is the shark turns out to be nothing more threatening than a school of blue-fish. The suspense apparent at the beginning is obvious, as the approaching figure does vaguely look like a shark at the spot from which it's spotted at, and the ending resolution is a nice twist. The film's main feat, though, is the sailboat massacre, which is a long, drawn out affair that really serves as the film's best part. From the moment the fin breaks the surface, causing general pandemonium to the continued assaults and breakthroughs of the defense barriers that follow, this sequence never stops. Throwing in the fear of devourment with a couple of really well-done stalk-and-bite scenes that really hold up quite well. The one scene that really holds a lot of cleverness is the spotting of the one place of sanctuary and upon realizing they're going off-course, paddle toward it only to be reminded of the shark and all immediately remove their hands and look around for it. Those little touches really make it effective. The helicopter downing is handled nicely, having an obstacle thrown at them that hammers home the hopelessness of the situation really clearly. The method for dispatching the creature isn't new, but it's nicely handled and really gets some suspense going, especially the shot of the massive creature bearing down on it. All in all, this wasn't all that terrible for a sequel.
The Bad News: There really isn't a lot here that this doesn't do right, and most of that is the fact that film feels too padded out at times. It takes forever to get to the center-piece of the film, the assault on the sailboats, and the wait to get there is filled with certain scenes that really don't need to be as long as they are. It takes far too long to get started, as there's too much time at the opening party, the sub-plot of the firing takes a little too much time to come forward when it's obvious early on, and the several others, while necessary, just take a while to get going. The film also really falls short when it comes to the feel in the town. There's a flatness about it, a lack of imagination in the camera set-ups and the establishing shots, and along with an over-reliance on travelogue-y fun-on-the-water inserts, robs the film of much of its potential visual interest. One of the most annoying things, though, about this film is the repetition of the we-can't-close the-beaches plot thread from the original. The mixture of skepticism and greed worked in the first one, where no one had any reason to think there might be a shark around; and here, it's acceptable in the developer who is new in town. However, this attitude is farcical in anyone who lived through Amity's previous nightmare summer, and even more so in a man whose son spends all of his free time out on the water. The repetition of this useless and really irritating subplot really takes most of the film's energy from it, but beyond these, the film isn't that bad.
The Final Verdict: Unnecessarily maligned for such a really good film, this is a surprisingly watchable film that lives on it's own and really comes across as a decent film in it's own right. Watch it in a really open mind-state and it might be an entertaining thrill ride, but going in expecting a repeat of the original will really deprive of much that the film does right.
Rated PG: Graphic Violence and some Language
To this day and (Iam now approaching my 30's), I still think about what is underneath me when I swim in the sea, now this is completely down to the first film of course although Jaws 2 has received some battering, complaining of cashing in on the original but then thats what ALL sequels do, now admittedly this one badly lacks Dreyfuss and Shaw especially the drinking and singing "Show me the way to go home", however it thankfully still has Scheider without him I doubt if I would have bothered referring to films 3 and 4. Scheider's Brody still has the screen presence that you know he is about to kick some butt, the shark itself does still look a bit fake but then it was late 70's and it was not done by CGI, the shark still terrifies and quite frankly I was glad to see a lot more of it as it is basically the star of the film opposite Brody, all in all it is no way better than the original but then not many films are, but this is a worthy follow up..
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I recently just watched all the Jaws Movies on DVD. Jaws 2 starts four years after Jaws 1. Amity is still losing money because of the shark attacks 4 years ago. Roy Schieder returns as Chief Brody also Lorraine Gary and Murry Hamilton return from the first movie. The movie starts with two drivers exploring the bottom of the sea as they stubble along the bottom they find the "Ocea" as they are doing this they get attack and eaten by the shark. Its not as scary and thrilling like that start of the first movie because you see the shark and the thrill were's off. Jeannot Szwarc was the third director chosen to direct this film. Steven Spielberg was first choice but refused because he had already made his shark movie, second director John Hancock walked off the movie 2 weeks before filming started, he stated that this movie was too much for him, then French director Jeannot Szwarc took the director's chair and stayed. This movie is full of flaws and you can notice them in the film. First they show the shark too much in this film, the shark in this film worked better then the shark in Jaws 1 but it still couldn't move like a real shark that's why you hardly even saw the shark in the first movie. Second the story drags on and sometimes puts you asleep if you are really tired. The running time of 111 mins go's on and on and it feels like you watching "Titanic". Also I notice when I see this film it has some pretty weird camera angles and stuff like that. Jaws 2 made about 191 million at the box office and was the 5th highest grossing film of 1978, Producer David Brown said that it made about 40% world wide in the squeal business, and that's classify as great. My overall of Jaws 2 is a 8, it loses stars for showing the shark too much and for the slow story. But it still a good movie and it was the last good Jaws movie made. Jaws 3-D followed then Jaws the Revenge in 1987.
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The start of this movie is excellent...two scuba divers discover the
wreckage of The Orca only to be mauled by another Great White
Shark...John Williams majestic and wondrous opening music is one of the
few saving graces in this flawed sequel.
This movie has exactly the same setup and location as the first one, but it does not have as much suspense or sense of adventure.
If anything, the Amity kids who are into day sailing are just plain boring and irritating, especially when they are all attacked by the new shark towards the climax, Donna Wilkies as Jackie goes way over the score in the screaming stakes and in the end i did not really care for any of them...well okay, i liked Kevin Gordon's character, he was good but that is it.
Its up to the great Roy Scheider as Martin Brody to save the film and this he does with considerable effort, despite the fact he did not want to be in the picture it just goes to show how good he is in a star making role.
As far as the shark thrills and spills go, the best action sequence in this movie is when the water skier gets hunted down and gobbled up. A very tense and exciting moment enhanced by William's music. The climax is a little bit like the end of the original, instead of an exploding shark we get a sequence where Brody rams a power cable into its gaping mouth and it gets fried. Its good, but you laugh when Scheider shouts 'All right ya big bastard, a got something for ya now!'
7 out of 10.......one good bite deserves another!
jaws was a blockbuster in 1975,it made people afraid of the ocean. so you know this sequel was coming.it picks up after the first,this time centering on chief Brody and family.another shark comes to amity,possibly related to the first,maybe a brother..., or sister. the action is there,there's more of the shark then the first one. the mayor of amity is still a jerk,even after chief Brody survived the last outing with a great white.not returning is Richard Dreyfus who moved on to do the goodbye girl with Marsha mason.Roy sheider delivers a great performance,as well as co-stars;Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton as the mayor.Steven Spielberg didn't direct this time around. when this was released in the summer of 1978,its main competition was grease with john travolta/Olivia newton john.but i think jaws 2 is a good sequel,not great, but good.8 out of 10.check it out.
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Distributor: MCA home video
Plot: It's been 4 years since the great white shark attacked the small town of Amity, but there is another one in the ocean. Now Chief Brody must fight to save teenagers (including his kids) who are trapped on sailboats in the middle of the water.
Audio/Video: Not too bad considering the one I viewed was a VHS from 1983.
Extras: None. Not even any trailers from other MCA attractions.
Final thoughts: For some reason I really liked this one. Maybe even more than the original because it is more exciting, more intense. Buy it right away because this is a worthy sequel to the classic Jaws.
There's definitely something in the water surrounding Amity Island.
Three years after the Island's police chief improbably blew up a great
white shark with a gun and a canister of liquid oxygen another
sub-aquatic serial killer decides to do the copycat thing and help
itself to the victims, sorry Islanders. If you think the serial killer
conceit is a nothing, throw away kind of comment then its time you sat
down and watched Jaws 2 again. The first and best sequel, not that
that's saying much, in fact its like saying blood in the urine is
better than a cleft face, is the one where the shark makes the
transition from mere man eater to evil teen-stalking murderer. This
one's got more in common with Halloween than the first film in that all
the victims here tend to be attractive adolescent girls and their
slightly awkward boyfriends plus in true, have I watched Scream
recently or something - sequel style, the body count shoots up in
addition to the ante. This is all backed up by a curious supernatural
undercurrent - a sort of evil killer back from the dead kinda vibe. The
crucial scene is the one in which the marine expert tries to put Brodys
mind at rest by making the factual (and obvious) point that Sharks
don't do revenge. Brody has other ideas though and as the hero is
ALWAYS right in these situations, especially when up against any kind
of institutional expert who holds the opposite view, we know there's
something in his idea that "If one shark were killed, you don't think
another shark would..." Would what Chief? Come back to kill you and
your sons and all his friends? You better believe it. In fact as he
looks ominously out to sea and up comes those foreboding strings, we
know we're not dealing with any normal finned muncher - this one has an
agenda. If the plan is to lure Brody out to sea for what it imagines
will be a fairly one sided contest (this thing isn't afraid to eat a
HELIPCOPTER!) then the execution is faultless. The first shark's
twisted twin knows exactly how to push Brody's buttons. Kill a
water-skier? Fine. Feed the police a few sinister pictures - not the
face, just the eyes? Done. Build his on land based paranoia to threaten
his career and sanity? Easy. And of course target the teens knowing
that the great man will be duty bound to follow through and come
looking? Holy human-steaks, its like a moth to the flame. In the end
the Chiefs only hope against this Machivellian chew-machine is the pipe
dream that the ocean will throw up a giant bolt of lighting from its
mud strewn floor to fry the undersea equivalent of Peter Sutcliffe. If
you were a betting man you certainly wouldn't be fielding a monkey on
the local law enforcement.
So thats Jaws 2, or to put it another way some text I've written about it. In a movie where Sharks survive explosions and what happened in the first film isn't enough to alert anyone to the potential dangers you just have to suspend your disbelief that little bit further. It's very watchable but more in a throw away fashion than the essential way in which you tend to regard the original. The guy who directed this when on to do Supergirl y'know. Makes you think doesn't it?
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