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Jaws, the Revenge
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Directed By
Joseph Sargent

Written By:
Michael deGuzman

Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest, Karen Young, Mario Van Peebles, Michael Caine, Judith Barsi, Lynn Whitfield

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Jaws, the Revenge (1987)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
December 19th, 2007

'Jaws the Revenge' is jaw-droppingly awful, one of the worst and most pointless movies ever made. Lorraine Gary returns as Ellen Brody, wife of Roy Scheider's character in the first two films. Now, he is presumably dead, and she believes that a shark is stalking her and her family. It borders on paranoid obsession. As if Jaws 3 had never existed, Michael Brody (Lance Guest) is not at Sea World, but works as an oceanographer or a marine biologist, along with his partner, Jake (Mario van Peebles, with a half-hearted Jamaican accent). So, Michael is out on the water a lot, and Ellen has nightmares about the shark, and one has to accept that sharks are capable of holding vendettas against humans, and pursue them from Amity to wherever they choose to go, even the Caribbean, more specifically, the Bahamas. Ellen takes a boat into the ocean and intends to settle the score once and for all, confronting her fears, and seeking vengeance for her son's death (guess what killed him?). Or she may be ready to sacrifice herself, hoping that if the shark will claim her life, then it would spare Michael's. The whole plot is stupid and senseless, and what a travesty to see Michael Caine waste his talents playing Hoagie, a pilot who romances Ellen, and eventually flies to her rescue. He actually missed accepting his Oscar for Hannah and Her Sisters because of this film, which ranks alongside On Deadly Ground as one of his worst. Gary goes overboard, and Guest is wooden, and the shark looks fake. Michael, as a marine biologist, is like Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfus) in the original Jaws, he has copious amounts of equipment to detect and track the shark, and knowledge of the creature itself, yet it acts unpredictably and he is at a loss to know what it is doing or where it is at, but it thankfully makes sudden, frequent appearances, taking him and Jake by surprise, though there is little reason, as I said before, for either of them to be caught unaware. 'Jaws the Revenge' is an exercise is shameless exploitation, and is predicated on the idea that people might actually care to find out what happened to characters we last met in Jaws 2, ones overshadowed by the presence of Roy Scheider.

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Dec 24, 2007 4:54 PM
Oh man! This is a god awful movie! It's still fun to watch though just to pick through the mistakes. Remember Michael swimming to the boat after he crashes his plane into the water? When he climbs on board, his shirt is as dry as it has been freshly laundered. Pathetic end to a franchise.

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