Beautiful girls are in danger. At Sunny Beach, a huge shark is waiting for his prey. College students Miki and Mai arrive on a private beach on a tropical island. They can't find the hotel ... See full summary »
Michael Brody and Sean Brody, the sons of former Amity police chief Martin Brody, work at Florida's Sea World, a seaside park run by Calvin Bouchard. Sean befriends Kelly Ann Bukowski, and Michael's girlfriend Kathryn Morgan is Sea World's head scientist who always works with Sea World's dolphins Cindy and Sandy. In its man-made lagoon, about 40 feet under the water, Sea World opens the Undersea Kingdom, a new set of underwater glass tunnels that have their own control room, and Calvin's friend Philip FitzRoyce is there to do some filming. When Sea World diver Shelby Overman vanishes, everyone is worried. Michael and Kathryn head into the water, where they find a baby great white shark and decide to bring it to Sea World to put it on display, but at Sea World, the baby shark dies. When Overman's body is found, Michael vomits when he sees it. Kathryn looks at the body and knows that the baby shark could not have been the shark that killed Overman, because the baby shark's bite radius ... Written by
Jaws 3, People 0 really would have been a fitting title for this weak and forgettable film
When a series that starts out on top greatly declines in quality by the first or second sequel it's really too bad. In the early 1980s the 3-D gimmick was used for a few third installments in popular franchises, the first being 1982s 'Friday the 13th part 3.' In the case of this film it worked and it is liked by many fans. Not that the film is a contender for winning an Oscar, but it's very good for what it is. However in some cases it turned out that the 3-D thing was used to fill up the seats and bring in the bucks. Such is the case with the third 'Jaws' movie, which was preceded by a classic film and an above average first sequel. By this point it seemed that Universal and the makers of the film didn't care about quality because even on it's own 'Jaws 3' is a loser. It's a case of a decent concept poorly executed and the result is a film best forgotten.
Pros: A great new setting. Nice underwater photography. Cast does a decent job. Moves at an OK pace. The film finally comes to life in the last third with some action packed moments.
Cons: Poor screenplay. Lousy special effects. Mediocre score except for the use of John Williams' theme. Apart from one scene in the first half, the rest of the film lacks the tension of it's predecessors. Looks like a made for TV movie thanks to Joe Alves bland direction. The first two films have human drama too, but here it's poorly written and directed and just bogs the film down.
Final thoughts: Let's face it, we didn't need even one sequel to the first film, let alone more. The first film stands on it's own and is truly the best of the killer shark films. 'Jaws 2' is an unnecessary sequel, but the talent involved make it worth a look. This installment isn't even a guilty pleasure, it's just a waste of time. A shame because the water park setting had potential and in the right hands this could have been a treat. Unfortunately the studio didn't learn their lesson with this one and had to sink the series even further.
My rating: 2/5
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