Jaws 3-D (1983) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Jaws 3-D (1983) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1983
  • Genre:  Animals & Nature
  • Cast & Crew: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale, Louis Gossett Jr, John Putch, Lea Thompson, P.H. Moriarty, Dan Blasko, Liz Morris, Lisa Maurer, Harry Grant, Andy Hansen, P.T. Horn, Kaye Stevens.
  • Director:  Joe Alves
  • Screenwriter:  Carl Gottlieb, Guerdon Trueblood, Michael Kane, Richard Matheson

Jaws 3-D (1983) Rating:

  • Andrew = 4 / 10;
  • Dylan = 4 / 10;
  • Ronan = 2 / 10;
  • IMDb = 3.6/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 1/10;

Jaws 3-D (1983) Synopsis:

The Brody brothers, Sean and Michael are now living independent lives away from Amity and their parents. Sean living a rural life in Colorado visits Michael in Florida, who is working as a maintenance manager at Sea World. Both brothers and their love interests are soon put into another situation involving a great white shark.

Jaws 3-D (1983) Review:

This might be the first movie from the 1980s that I’ve seen use the 3D effect because when I watched Friday the 13th Part 3 it must have been a different version without it. Needless to say, the 3D gimmick back then was even more of a hacky trick than it is today. At least in today’s 2D versions, I can’t tell where the 3D effects would be, unlike the corny scenes in Jaws 3 that are obviously filmed for the 3D effect. I may have liked this film much better if this wasn’t the case since it had loads of potential. Dennis Quaid as Michael Brody was tremendous and stood out in the film as a great lead actor. Bess Armstrong was pretty good too, otherwise, the remaining supporting cast was bland.

The plot was fair but the whole branding of SeaWorld kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. Considering SeaWorld is a corporation that at the time in the 1980s had a very likely chance of treating animals poorly. Just like in Part 2 with the sailing scenes, there was a lot of fluff scenes that was basically performances by the SeaWorld staff. A lot of the plot premises were too unbelievable and some of the decision making by the characters didn’t make a whole lot of sense. The ending was by far the worst part of the movie, not because of the storyline but from the 3D filmmaking and terribly fake looking death scenes. If the film didn’t have the 3D effect and let Dennis Quaid guide the movie though I’m sure it would have been as good as Jaws 2.

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