Four years after the traumatic episodes at Amity Island, that was terrorized by a 25 foot long great white shark that was devouring beach goers. After the shark was destroyed, Amity Island was at peace and opened a hotel at the Holiday Inn. Days after the opening, beach goers begun to disappear along with a half eaten killer whale that was beached. Brody, was getting concerned about those incidents and, felt that another great white is on the loose.
The shark in Jaws smashed through the port side of the Orca, but at the beginning of this film when the divers find the wreck of the Orca, the port side is untouched. There's a sign saying "Orca" under the pulpit of the boat which was not there in the original film. The only place where the name "Orca" appeared was at the back of the stern. See more »
There are five scenes edited from the theatrical cut of the film that were re-added to the Television Version:
Ellen, adding wine to the fruit punch, and tells the waitress to smile and look cute.
Brody, given Peterson a parking ticket because, he was parking at a "No Parking" zone. Peterson tries to talk Brody out of giving him the ticket, and a half-exasperated half-joking Brody tells Peterson to just "pay the two dollars."
The Council argues about the incident at the beach before Brody turns up with the photograph. Len Peterson wears down Vaughn until he agrees that action needs to be taken against Brody.
The Council goes into Mayor Vaughn's office to take a vote to fire Brody; Mayor Vaughn alone votes against Brody's firing.
The shark attacks the helicopter pilot, after capsizing it underwater.
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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