Jaws 2 (1978) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1978
  • Genre:  Animals & Nature
  • Cast & Crew: Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo, Jeffrey Kramer, Collin Wilcox Paxton, Ann Dusenberry, Barry Coe, Susan French, Gary Springer, Donna Wilkes, John Dukakis, G. Thomas Dunlop.
  • Director:  Jeannot Szwarc
  • Screenwriter:  Carl Gottlieb, Howard Sackler

Jaws 2 (1978) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Ronan = 5 / 10;
  • Andrew =  6 / 10.
  • IMDb = 5.7/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 5.9/10;

Jaws 2 (1978) Synopsis:

A few years later after the initial shark attacks in Amity, a second outbreak of missing persons is happening under Chief Martin Brody’s watch. Chief Brody is sure that another shark has come back to the island, however, the mayor of Amity and many of the townspeople think otherwise.

Jaws 2 (1978) Review:

What I look for in a sequel to a great horror movie is the continuity and bringing back past actors as their former characters. I give Jaws 2 respect for having those characteristics and with a big budget they could play around with some quality effects. The beginning of the movie was solid, starting out with a unique story and introducing a lot of new characters. It was fun seeing old tension between Mayor Vaughn and Chief Brody go at it again and also seeing the relationships between Brody and his two sons, Michael and Sean.
When the story progressed and focused on Michael, Sean, and the other teenagers, the story didn’t fall apart, but it kind of staled. There was a lot of fluff time, showing a lot of windsurfing scenes, which I found disinteresting. I thought the death toll would also have been a little bit higher in the movie too considering they had great shark effect scenes, similar to the original. The closing moments, also like the first Jaws, had a pretty far-fetched ending that anyone could see happening a mile away. Jaws 2 was a good follow up but it didn’t quite meet my expectations considering everything it had going for it.

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