aka Jaws 3-D, Jaws 3
99 min., 1983
Written by Richard Matheson/Carl Gottlieb/Guerdon Trueblood
Directed by Joe Alves
My rating: ★★
Great white shark vs. dolphins?
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The next Jaws takes place a few years after number 2. Mike Brody (Dennis Quaid) now works at a Sea World with his girlfriend Kay Morgan (Bess Armstrong). We see a shark trying to get into the dolphin swimming area, when the gate hits it. A little later a diver trying to fix the gate is attacked and killed. Mike’s brother, Sean (John Putch), shows up to spend some time with him, where he meets Kelly (Lea Thompson). They share some sparks and then they are a couple. The next thing that we learn is about the park itself. You see, it is going to have some underwater tunnels, so people can see the fish in their natural environment. We can all guess where that’s going to lead.
So we have number three. Well number three was released into theaters as 3-D, but was never officially released on video or DVD in 3-D. So they made another version (the only difference is that there is no 3-D) for TV and other releases. So I’m reviewing III, not 3-D.
The acting is okay, with Dennis and Louis Gossett Jr. playing their parts well. Gossett plays his character, which is trying to keep the park open, even with all the shit going down, pretty over the top, but it works completely in his favor. Everyone else is just going through the numbers and not really trying all that hard.
The effects are, for the most part, just okay. Most of the actual attacks take place off screen, or with very foggy views, which is just a let down. Now if we take into account the 3-D effects turned 2-D, and then most are just complete crap. Stuff floating at the screen in slow motion is just really dump looking, especially the damn fish head.
The best part, as well as the weirdest part of the movie is the focus on the dolphins. There are two dolphins, Cindy and Sandy, who have been trained to perform in the Sea World show. Now these dolphins are able to sense when the shark is nearby and helps some of the people out when they are in trouble. Now I do like dolphins and think they are cool, but should there be a big focus on dolphins in a Jaws movie? I don’t know, but it just didn’t seem to fit. Jaws has been about man vs. shark, not sea life vs. sea life.
Okay sequel, but falls short on almost all fronts. Stay for some good shark shots and the dolphins, and leave for most of the rest.
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