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In the early 60''s Steven Spielberg released a film into the world that played on the claustrophobia of the ocean, played on peoples primal fears of sharks, and ultimately scared a generation of film fans out of the water for good. There were sequels and I admit that the quality was rapidly declining, but I just can''t imagine anybody would have ever expected any film, let alone a Jaws film, could ever be this badly made.
The tag line to the film is "This time it''s personal" and the sad thing is that the tag line was more than just a cheap sales pitch. See it''s been quite some time since the events of the first 2 films and Chief Brody has long since passed on. However his wife and now grown up son are still living on the Amnesty beach front. Problem is that the original sharks mothers, brothers, second cousin (or something) is still extremely ticked off at his good friends demise and has sworn blood vengeance against the family responsible. So it goes that when the son is out working on the water the new shark takes advantage of the situation to take him out. When old Mrs. Brody hears the news she comes down to the only conclusion possible, that the sharks are all out to get them (because the idea that living on a high risk beach he may just have been attacked by an unrelated shark was just too far fetched for her.) and the only way to protect herself from shark attack is, not to just stay out of the water, but to completely up and leave town.
Well it would seem this was actually the course of wisdom because our shark seems to have friends on the outside who have bugged her phone and informed it of her plans to escape a shark by moving to an island. So the shark follows, or more appropriately leads, as it gets to the Caribbean before that damn slow plane carrying Mrs. Brody. Yadayadayada the shark proceeds to munch on some locals, tries to get it''s teeth into the final son, and takes time out to find out what fresh helicopter tastes like.
Yeah I know it''s all dumb, but it''s not just script problems since the film also suffers some serious pacing problems that are not helped by the very mundane acting. There''s a large portion of the film granted to a romance between Mrs. Brody and her pilot (ewe crinkly dates) where you''re expected to care more about the characters than the shark but you can''t because both Lorraine Gary and Michael Caine (usually one of my favorites) are clearly giving more thought to their paid Caribbean vacation than to their performance. There''s also Mario Van Peebles painfully false accent and Lance Guest doing nothing with his role as Michael Brody.
Of course being a Jaws film you can rest easy knowing that when it gets going the film will have some worthy shark attacks. Just try and forget the fact that the shark has gone from rubber looking, to a big piece of plastic that never opens its mouth or moves its tail, and generally looks like something from a kids fairground ride. You can forget that because of the spectacle of a shark attacking a helicopter, the terror of a shark standing up on its tail and roaring...
No I''m not convinced either. The film fails in that regard to. In fact it just plain fails! Only John Williams classic score can be called a plus, but it''s a plus that is not nearly as effective in such a bad film.
Hollywood hates you. Yes, you. It doesn't matter that it has never met you, or that you're a pretty nice guy. It hates you with an all-consuming passion that has never been equalled in the history of the entire world.
Face it: it's the only logical explanation for Jaws: The Revenge.
I can almost see the production meeting now. "Hey guys! We're doing Jaws 4 today. So what I propose is that we take the superb Jaws, the uninspired but reasonable Jaws 2 and, erm, well let's just forget about Jaws 3 shall we? We take those two films and squeeze them very, very hard so that we have the distilled brilliance of both films. Then we throw those bits away and set what's left in the Bahamas because I fancy a free holiday."
Worryingly, I have probably given more thought to the construction of that last paragraph than the scriptwriters ever did for the entire script for Jaws: The Revenge.
What is laughably called "the plot" runs thus: Ellen Brodie, now widowed, is still living on Amity Island. Her youngest son Shaun has followed in his father's footsteps and is a member of the island's police force. When Shaun is killed by a shark, Ellen becomes convinced that this shark is out to get her entire family.
I don't know about you, but I find it slightly worrying that someone was (presumably) paid to think this drivel up. It is lazy and badly written, empty, filled with plot holes so large you could hide Saturn in them and is packed with stereotypical characters.
The original Jaws succeeded because you spent most of the film terrified. You had no idea where the next shock would come from; Director Steven Spielberg would ratchet up the tension so the audience was expecting a shark attack, then end the scene with no such attack. Then he would suddenly launch one seemingly out of the blue. You never knew which (if any) of the main characters were going to survive and (because the script took the time to flesh them out), you cared about them. With Revenge, you just wish the whole tiresome Brodie clan would jump into the water and let the shark finish them off quick. At least that way, you wouldn't waste an hour and a half of your life watching this.
In fairness, the poor script is only one of many problems this film has. The special effects are also seriously ropey. Remember thirty years ago when the Jaws theme park ride opened at Universal Studios and everyone got really excited, even though the shark was clearly made of rubber and operated in a seriously jerky way? Well, the shark in Revenge is even less convincing than that.
You could argue that the shark effects have been a bit rubbish in all the Jaws movies, even the original. However, a born film-maker like Spielberg turned this to his advantage. Much of the tension in Jaws was created by the fact that you hardly saw the shark until the very end and spent much of the film wondering where the hell it was. Sadly, director Joseph Sargent fails to learn this lesson in subtlety and unleashes his pathetically artificial looking rubber creation (steady madam!) at every opportunity, with unintentionally hilarious results.
Acting is predictably atrocious. The sole survivor from Jaws, Lorraine Gary looks like she has lost everything she ever knew about acting, although her attempts at crying are particularly entertaining. The erstwhile Maurice Micklewhite (Michael Caine to you and I) sleepwalks through the whole thing, (in fairness he's never made any secret of the fact that he only did this because Hollywood was prepared to pay him stupid money). The other big name in the cast is Mario Van Peebles, which probably tells you all you need to know about the quality of the acting.
Ah, but of course the real star of the show is the shark. Never mind that it looks like a really badly operated puppet and its fins bounce around more than Jordan on a trampoline, this is one cool shark. For a start, it's a shark with a grudge. I mean, seriously. How cool is that? This is shark that knows that the Brodie family are responsible for the deaths of (presumably) its father (Jaws), Mother (Jaws 2) and older sibling (Jaws 3D) and is out for Da DA DAAAA! Revenge (hence the title: you see how clever this film is?) by killing all surviving members of the Brodie family.
No, wait. It gets better. Not only is it a shark with a grudge, it's also a homing shark! So determined is it in its quest for revenge that it can track down the Brodie family no matter where they are (providing they are in the water, of course - it's not that clever). The Brodies have crossed the sea from Amity into the Bahamas? No problem; Big J will track them down and swim over there to meet them...arriving there at the same time they do, even though they have flown. The Brodies are somewhere in the middle of hundreds of miles of ocean? Not a problem for this shark who can track them down within minutes. Hooray for the homing shark!
Oooh and finally: in defiance of all biological probability, THIS shark can growl! It really doesn't get much better than this.
Hear that noise? That's the sound of reality giving up and going off for a holiday.
Still, you've got to give Revenge points for trying. It's desperate to prove that it deserves a rightful place in the Jaws series and shoehorns in loads of references to the original film using flashbacks, stealing dialogue and even at one point thieving an entire scene. Unfortunately, rather than proving its pedigree, all this does is show how rubbish this fourth entry is in comparison to the brilliant original.
The Brodies may have killed all the sharks, but it's Universal who finally killed the Jaws franchise with this dreadful final episode.
Jaws: The Revenge
Director: Joseph Sargent
Running time: approx. 89 minutes
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Ha - here we go!
Well, it's the fourth film in the Jaws franchise and it's one that is rightly slated by many people.
What's wrong with it? Well, where do you want me to start?
Ridiculous plot, bad shark FX, bad direction, Jaws theme sucks and the overall script is abysmal........however, it's a movie that is so bad that it is good.
I am sure many people will want to hang me for saying that but I get a little enjoyment from watching this one.
The plot is that the same shark supposedly from the original (you can tell the difference) wants to hunt Helen Brody, who is the wife of Chief Brody from the first two films, and kill her in revenge for what happened to it at the end of the original.
Yes....what the heck, right??
But c'mon, this movie is still enjoyable for all the wrong reasons. There are certain scenes where you can see the shark swimming with a cable underneath it, pulling it along.
Oh, did I mention that Michael Caine is in this? He admitted he did it only for the money. I sincerely hope he meant that and that he didn't want to have the "honour" of starring in a Jaws sequel.
Lorraine Gary, who played Helen in the first two films, is back in this one and for a film that's as daft as this, I am surprised she is acting so seriously. But she does well with the script that she has to work with.
The third film was also quite daft, I'd say it was just as ridiculous as this one except that didn't have a "so bad it's good" feeling about it.
This one does...for me at least.
The gore level can be quite high in certain scenes: blood sprays from a person's neck, an arm is bitten off etc.
But with this film being so ridiculous, any scenes of tension are cut real short because you can't take this movie seriously.....at all.
I have no idea what went through Universal's mind when they wanted to make this.
And I won't even tell you how the shark is killed off at the end....it really is the icing on the cake to a classic Jaws B-movie.
What isn't "so bad it's good" is the Jaws theme. They could have, at least, got someone to compose a decent enough score to save the film a little bit of credibility. I mean, the Jaws theme ACTUALLY gives the film a sense of being a spoof!
This film is just the thing to watch when you are drunk with your mates. It's suitable for that kind of occasion.
But on the other hand, if you are in the mood for comedy when you are sober, this will work anyway.
Overall? Yes, it's a ridiculously fun B-movie that is silly in every area. It certainly deserves the slating it gets but it has a fun factor about it, unlike it's predecessor.
Worth watching for a laugh, even buy it if you don't get embarrassed about the type of films you have in your collection.
To name a film about a great white shark 'The Revenge' is to suggest that a shark is anything more than a predatory blood seeker. What exactly is this latest shark avenging? Its not like its the ghost of the shark from the original film. This entry (number 4, but abandoning the number to save its own face) treats it like it's a personal vendetta against a returning Mrs Ellen Brody. The first time was scary, the second time was acceptable. The third and fourth rounds are nothing more than daft money spinners in a time where Hollywood seemed all too willing to milk a format to death with little regard for quality.
The plot is simple, which cant be that bad a thing. Youngest son Sean Brody is killed by a shark. His mother Ellen, still single after the death of chief of police husband Brody, is naturally devastated, and decides to go back with her other son Michael to the Bahama's to spend Christmas is there. However, she is terrified of the water and is convinced that her family has been cursed by the shark of the original film. She tells all of this to her new pilot friend Hoagie. When her granddaughter is attacked by a shark, Ellen decides to take action, and heads out into the water to destroy it. She finds support as Hoagie goes out in search of her. She knows though that the only way to destroy the curse is to destroy this latest shark.
In this film's favour, it's a work of art in comparison to the previous film. Notable only for the return of the family from the first two film's (minus dad), it hammers home plenty of bloodshed and a plot that should have died with the first big shark. One of the critisisms aimed at this film over the years was that the shark looks fake, and this fact has become the butt of many jokes. It's true that the effects look like they were created in 1975 and not the late 80's when this film finally put an end to the series, but the shark looks fine, and does its job amply. Its not its fault that it's the fourth shark in a series of films that has stretched a one-note premise long past its stalest.
Talking about the cast is a bit pointless. Lorraine Gary is back as the single-expression wife of Brody. This time, she only gets star billing because nobody else from the previous films were desperate enough to do it. As a background figure, she was fine, and gave the star of the film a background. Stepping into the forefront of the drama, she's no better than an actress in a daytime soap. As if The Revenge wasn't quite mad and bad enough, Hollywood decides to get Michael Caine to play himself. Again!. He is a lethario type figure who courts Ellen when she escapes Amity after the death of her son.
There's not a lot director Joseph Sargent could do with the material given that a deadly shark only has one intention - to draw human blood. When we've seen it, we've seen it. He treats the material more shoddily than he needs to though. Contrivances bog the film from start to finish. Apart from that, the convenient explanation that poor old Brody popped his clogs of a natural old death beneath films is a bit too hard to swallow as well. Couldn't they have at least suggested that he drowned after gaining some kind of shark obsession or something, and keep it true to the material. The film also raises the question that if there is a curse on the Brody's, how does destroying this latest random shark lift the curse. If the curse is as far-reaching as Ellen Brody thinks, then isn't it just possible that the entire shark world will be after her.
The tension, for what there is of it, is bland and supported only by the inclusion of the now famous theme tune. Effective sequences from past films are now reduced to sloppy death sequences of people that we find it hard to care about. The plot itself is just plain daft, especially when we are expected to believe that the shark follows Mrs Brody to the Bahama's. What the effff? What's the shark got against her? Its not like her 5ft nothing 7-stone frame is an enticing bite - she's all bone. Thankfully, sense prevailed and we were never ever treated to Jaws 5: The Dream Shark. If the makers had more sense, they would have saved the fans (if there were any left) from this shallow drip of a film.
Oddly, The Revenge was the first Jaws film to be released on DVD. They are now all available. This one is on amazon for £2.88
Another day, another Jaws movie. After a marathon Jaws season in the Brown household, it comes sludging to a terrible halt with the 1987 epic 'Jaws: The Revenge'. I've seen the film many moons ago, but only now have I watched all four films in successive order. Revenge is widely considered to be the very worst of the series and one of the worst films in modern history, how that could possibly be after the terrible Jaws 3 is anyone's guess, but I was willing to give it a go.
Revenge brings us back again to where it all started, Amity Island. It also reintroduces us to Lorraine Gary, here again playing the widowed Elle Brody. Roy Scheider, having bowed out ungracefully after Jaws 2 decided cleverly to avoid returning to the series. So it was up to Gary to take the reigns of the series.
Revenge begins with Christmas on Amity Island. Brody's youngest son is now a police officer on the Island and goes out on the police launch to attend to a buoy that has become lodged on some wood in the sea. Unfortunately, Jaws is waiting for him and when Brody attempts to free the buoy the shark attacks him, pulling him down into the murky and now bloody depths.
To get Mrs Brody away from the Island, she joins her son, his wife and her granddaughter in the Bahamas. She deserves a break after all the death and destruction, but unfortunately for Elle, Jaws follows her down the coast and intends on completing the set. Who will win in this 'epic' showdown between old woman and massive shark?
Revenge is actually much better than you might believe. Apart from its ludicrous premise, Revenge returns to its roots and continues the story of the Brody family. Although Seaworld in Jaws 3 was an intriguing idea, it just never worked at all. Here, transferring the action to the Bahamas makes no sense scientifically (Sharks hate warm water apparently), but probably made sense to the film crew who wanted a tan. It certainly made sense to Michael Caine whose proceeds from the film didn't go to UNICEF, but towards a nice big swimming pool in his back garden!
Ah yes, Michael Caine is in it. Why his addition to the east was necessary I don't know - but I suppose they needed a bit of big star clout after the no star named Jaws 3. Here he plays 'Hoagie', a plane flying, gambling Brit who starts to woo Ellen Brody. However, a large shark gets in the way of their romance.
The shark looks a lot better in this film, especially in the underwater scenes around the sunken boat. He also looks much better when he jumps out of the water to attack Marion Van Peebles. What I couldn't understand about the film, and this could be giving a little away about the film's ending (yes the shark dies) - why did his body explode at the end? They only rammed him with the boat?!
Jaws The Revenge gets a really bad rap, mainly for being a terrible addition to the series. Its marginally better than Jaws 3, mainly down to the fact that this film concentrates on characters more than ludicrous set pieces with underwater tunnels. The shark isn't too bad, but the film looks too much like a TV movie to have any real quality about it. The final showdown is reasonably exciting, but people who look like they've died, mysteriously show up later on with no explanation as to how they survived!
Jaws The Revenge was the final film in the series. I'm sure one day they will attempt a remake, but a CGI Jaws could look awful. I liked the rubbery shark, it makes it look more real - like model shots in Star Wars that were replaced with awful CGI in Lucas' special editions - what would be the point?
Looking back on the series now after having watched the four of them this week, I actually quite enjoyed them all in their own way. Jaws is an undisputed masterpiece, flawless in almost every way. Jaws 2 was a worthy follow up, continuing the story but it concentrated more on the 'bratz' more than anything else. Jaws 3 was pure drivel, but Revenge was marginally better.
In my opinion would watch them again, but if you're gonna watch any, then the original is by far the best.
And here lies the fourth and so far the last Jaws film although there has been talk of a Jaws 5 for some time...heaven forbid! The fourth film is now focusing on the widow of Chief Brody; orraine Gary reprises her role from the first and second film and delivers a solid performance, weary and shell shcoked throughout most of the movie, she manages to pull off the dialogue well and is convincing in most of her scenes.
There is a welcome cameo from Michael Caine as the jovial Hoagie who gives the film some much needed humour, as there is little else to laugh at in it. The shark attacks are few and far between and the plot seems more concerned with character relationships rather than the actual shark this time round.
It is a must for die hard Jaws fans but for the average viwer it is not going to cut it and will leave you wishing they just had not bothered with it, a poor sequel to a great original
You have to wonder exactly how, after the disaster that was Jaws 3, Universal still had a franchise to work with in regards to their giant shark pictures. However, they did decide to persevere with one final picture, 1987s Jaws: The Revenge, a film widely regarded to be the polar opposite of its original in terms of quality, and the third and final(to date) sequel to Steven Spielbergs 1974 classic.
Wisely opting to ignore the events of Jaws 3, the movie saw the return of Lorraine Gary to the role of Ellen Brody, and it was planned to bring back Murray Hamilton for a short cameo as the Mayor of Amity, but sadly he passed away before the film began filming, so this never happened. Still, with Gary came a link to the original, some continuity, which was something the third movie lacked.
We pick up in 1987, Amity, where Ellen Brody still lives with her youngest son, Sean(Mitchell Anderson - SpaceCamp), who has followed in his fathers footsteps by joining the law. Inbetween Jaws 2 and now, Martin Brody(who was played by Roy Schneider - clearly too smart to be caught here) has passed away from a heart-attack and oldest son Mike(Lance Guest - The Last Starfighter) now lives in the Bahamas where he works as a Marine Biologist.
One night, Sean is called out in the small police boat to dispose of some flotsam and jetsam, but ends up getting pulled into the water and eaten by a shark. Ellen is adamant this is a shark out for revenge for Brodys killing of the first 2, and is now terrified to go anywhere near the water, When Mike comes to visit, along with his wife Carla(Karen Young - Night Game) and daughter Thea(Judith Barsi - Eye Of The Tiger), he convinces her to come back to the Bahamas, where she quickly falls for a charismatic old pilot named Hoagie(Michael Caine - Escape to Victory), and starts to forget about sharks and plots for revenge.
However, when out doing work on sea-snails with his partner Jake(Mario Van Peebles - Gunmen), Mike begins to wish he had listened to his mums pleas for him to give up working in the ocean, as against all known scientific logic, a huge great white shows up in the warm waters he works in, and its a close shave when it attacks their boat.
Mike agrees to carry on studying it in secret, because he and Jake see this as their key to fortune, but this comes to bite him when Thea is almost killed during an attack on the beach. This drives Ellen over the edge, where she steals Mikes boat and heads out to sea for a final showdown with the killer shark
Yes, before another word is said, Jaws: The Revenge is complete and utter bollocks, from start to finish. Actually, thats a bit of a lie, Sean Brodys death at the beginning is actually fairly good in terms of execution, but from that point onwards, it is complete and utter gash. The concept of a shark not only holding a grudge(almost a 10 year old grudge at that), but one following its enemy to the Bahamas is completely laughable. That isnt the only laughable thing about this movie though, which boasts a distinct lack of shark attacks, and they are often ruined by either over-exposure to the horrifically bad rubber shark, or its bizarre abilities, such as balancing on its tail, and the return of the old Jaws 3 favourite, roaring.
As I mentioned, the effects are laughable, I dont even know if they have the animatronics Bruce model anymore, because all of this film seems to have been using a stiff rubber toy that appears near-immobile. In the films defence, the few shark attacks that do take place are a lot more stylish in execution than those of the last movie, especially the aforementioned Sean Brody killing.
What is possibly the most insulting thing about the movie is that it, as with its prequel, squanders a perfectly good cast. Caine plays the same hilarious role he plays in all of his movies, but Hoagies almost complete irrelevance to the plot renders his role rather pointless. Come to think of it, all of the characters are irrelevant really, because the film is really short on anything to drive them. Basically a shark is after the Brodys and some of their friends try and help them. Van Peebles is likewise wasted as Jake, with his fake Jamaican accent being a true chore to endure. This is made all the more frustrating by the fact that he and Guest have some potentially good chemistry as friends. Guest himself puts in a rather nondescript performance, and Gary seems to be trying with a thankless role.
We have a slight reworking of John Williams classic score, which works well enough, and even the new music works fairly well. The score is one of few reliable points of the movie.
When all is said and done, the only thing to recommend Jaws: The Revenge upon is its status as an unintentional comedy. Any attempt to take it serious goes out of the window when you read the brief plot synopsis on the back of the DVD. Laughable effects, a retarded plot and a generally bad film overall. Its a complete bomb, and it should tell you something that its taken over a decade for the bad taste left in peoples mouths to clear up enough for people to even attempt to think about another Jaws sequel.
Jaws-a film that goes down as a classic because it scares you everytime even though you know whats coming. Jaws 2-a decent film that has some good scares but can never live up to it's original. Jaws 3-an awful film with no scares, bad acting, weak story and a 3D gimmick that has aged the film more than something made in the 1930's You can see a pattern emerging here, with each Jaws film the quality dwindles but seeing as the original film raked in a lot of cash there was still money to be made out of the franchise. Hence we have Jaws: The Revenge. Studio executives no doubt thought that having the number four in the title would have audiences rolling their eyes at the mere sight of a trailer. The concept is this, Ellen Brody returns and takes off to the behamas to stay with her son after another one of her sons is killed a sea, supposedly by a shark. Well it appears this shark has a bit of a grudge and follows her across the continent to obviously have a bit if a chat. Seriously stalking is a major offence, especially for big fish. Well it turns out her son does ocean research and what does he discover ? Yes it has teeth and large black eyes and looks to made of rubber and flapping it's jaws like a goldfish. Along for the ride is a rough and ready pilot Hoagie (Micheal Caine), the sons family and his research partner Jake. People get chomped on, there's screaming and of course Ellen takes it upon herself to get rid of her shark stalker by herself. Jaws 4 is very stupid and I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when the idea for the film was greenlighted. it is just awful in every aspect and has a lot that doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Ellen has flashbacks to the original film on a constant basis but the only problem is she's recalling things that she never witnessed with her own eyes. The shark also looks very fake for the most part and the only scares will appeal to the y
oung although I have to say that image of a large cold black shark eye beside you underwater is still a bit un-nerving. Micheal Caine missed put on accepting an Oscar to film this and he freely admits it was for the money and the chance to go somewhere nice and hot. At least he's honest. The ending has the shark managing to imitate a circus seal and balance on his tail only to be speared by a boat then somehow blow up by combustion. He also has a nasty reaction to something resembling an instamatic camera flash. The term "so bad it's good" can easily apply. For some reason this is the type of film that should be buried at the bottom of the ocean yet every time it's on TV I have to watch. I can't help it, I need help, please help me. Arrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! **** Toothy Trivia ***** Those who have witnessed this film will notice that Jake dies but all I'll say is take a close look inside the plane at the ending, there appears to be an extra person. In an alternative cut he actually survives. He probably wished he hadn't.
Jaws one was the perfect film . It literally cleared th beaches as soon as it was released . Thus Spielberg tried to captilize on the movie which started his career by making sequels . Jaws number 2 went with moderate success . This one really cashed in on the first one . Then Jaws 3 came with a good storyline but a bit shoddy . You would think by now that they would stop making the shark and the death toll bigger but then someone thought of Jaws 4 . This movie is about a shark who wants to eat the family who killed his mother . A number of surreal moments in this movie are very misleading since you do not know which character is a corpse . The sharks obvious desire to devour this family makes him completely oblivious to all the other kids and deep-sea divers who happen to be convinientley swimming above . One of these is with a bloke called Eddie . He is in his little submarine and this massive shark swims past . he surfaces and tells the family member . He hops in the sub and the shark rips the submarine to shreds . Not many people know that the production team called this shark Flaws since it broke down so often . The shark looks like a robot in this it moves like a machine . The shark unlike the believable killings in Jaws one tosses his victim around and jumps up high to get the person . This is very annoying since the shark is not acting like a real shark would . Michael Caine stars in this one which I think was a really bad choice since Michael Caines accent means you can't take him seriously . Also he is remarkably dull in a movie where you need a lot of shouting and action . I thought this movie was a waste of time and is really bad publicity for new sequels . If you want to see a sequel see MI:2 or something this movie just makes you depressed !
Jaws 4 is the absolute lowest film I've ever seen.... The idea that a shark "family" could be trying to destroy the Brody family was first introduced in Jaws 2, when the shark specialist answers to Brody "sharks don't take things personally". Sigh. How wrong she was. In Jaws 3, a third shark wreaks havoc on SeaWorld, where, SUPRISE!, the Brody boys are working. So, actually, Jaws The Revenge (4) ties up the ending of the series, ruling out the coincidence explanation. Indeed, as if the plot weren't weak enough, the movie quality sucks too. The film follows old hag Ellen Brody, who now lives quietly at Amity, and seems perfectly happy seeing how she's lived through three predecessing shark attacks (one would think she'd have gone insane, but this only shows in her hair). When Sean, the younger of the two Brody boys, now a cop, is killed while retrieving a log, Ellen's fear of another shark is confirmed, and the woman won't shut up about it. So, to escape the pain, she moves in with her other son Mike, who lives in the Bahamas, and who is now SUPRISE!, an ocean biologist. Living with him is his young daughter and wife, both of whom you want to die from the first time you see them. From there, things really go to hell, leading Ellen, her son, Ellen's boyfriend, and Mike's politically correct fellow biologist, in a final confrontation with the shark. ... sharks don't roar, they don't seek revenge, they don't jump out of the water for 10 seconds at a time, and finally, they don't blow up when someone rams them with a pole. As if this weren't bad enough, there are only 2 deaths in this movie, a shark so mechanical-looking, you can almost hear the gears grinding, and a ludicrous chase scene in which the shark stalks Mike through a sunken ship. The shark becomes less a hungry animal, and more a determined killer. This movie simply ruined the other three, and slobers all over itself before overwhelmi
ng us with the utter stupidity that haunts the writers of this flounder. Steer clear, even if you're a devoted fan of the series, this fourth installment will haunt you forever, and ruin the great fun that the original sparked.
Well well, a desperate attempt to reinvent a genre for a new generation went horribly wrong. Jaws 4 never needed making, they would have done better re releasing the first 2. A return for Ellen Brody sees another shark attacking members of her family, and promptly following her to the carribean (hmmmm) From here we have a similar movie to the first, without th witty dialogue and class acting, and the scares are too predictable. The shark looks better than ever, but cant detract from a poor film that should have been left at the bottom of the ocean. Mike Caine pops up to add some credibility to the cast, but cant save the film and the feeling just isnt the same. Better off renting jaws 1 + 2 and having a decent night of it.
One would think that after the aquatic horror of the previous three Jaws movies the remnants of the beleaguered Brodie family would be happily nursing their hydrophobia somewhere in Kansas. However, in Jaws--The Revenge, the fourth episode of the saga, we find that Ellen (Lorraine Gary) is still living on a tiny island, and her eldest son Michael (Lance Guest) has become, of all things, a marine biologist. Even when her younger son is slaughtered by yet another giant shark, all Ellen can do to take her mind off it is go to the Bahamas and gaze at the sea. There she embarks on a romantic affair with salty sea-pilot Hoagie (a nice turn from Michael Caine), but this peace is shattered as the shark begins to target her grandchildren and friends. Where this monster-with-a-grudge comes from, bearing in mind that the sharks in each of the previous movies got blown up or electrocuted, is something of a conundrum. But logic is clearly not a concern in a script that demands only that this film should bear some tenuous relation to its predecessors. The ghost of the far-superior original looms large here--in the form of Ellen's flashbacks (which actually use footage from the earlier films), scenes which overtly refer to moments from the series (Michael's son mimics him at the dinner table, as Michael once did to his own father) and a set littered with conspicuously large photos of Roy Scheider. There are nice touches--Michael and his Jamaican partner Jake (Mario Van Peebles) fit the shark with a heart monitor which lets off an eerie blipping sound when it approaches, it is nice to see a romance between more "mature" characters portrayed so warmly, and when the maternal Ellen forms the resolve to protect her family it even looks like she may briefly become a sort of geriatric Ripley character (a la Aliens). But with a shark that has never looked more rubbery, set pieces which lack suspense and invention and a short running time (only 86 minutes) it is hard to shake off the sensation that this is a made-for-TV film. Those wanting a dose of tongue-in-cheek killer-creature action would be better off avoiding this wet fish and taking in a Jaws rip-off with a little more bite, such as Deep Blue Sea or Deep Rising. --Paul Philpott