JAWS: THE REVENGE (1987 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Stars ììì

Jaws: The Revenge—the 4th sequel to Jaws—is indeed slightly better than Jaws: 3-D; but it is not enough of an improvement to raise or lower the Ben Meyers’ star rating. Some scenes seem poorly timed with excessive energy poured into the drama (such as the grieving Mother scene). We kind of got it already. Dennis Quaid did not reprise his role as Michael Brody and neither did John Putch reprise his role as Sean Brody in this final film of the series.

Storyline

Sean Brody (Mitchell Anderson), the youngest son of Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) from Jaws and Jaws 2, takes care of his mother, Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary), from Jaws, Jaws 2, and Jaws: The Revenge while working as a policeman. At Christmas, he sails out to separate a log from a buoy and dies from a Great White shark attack. Ellen becomes convinced that the shark is on a revenge killing crusade to eliminate her family. After Sean’s funeral, Ellen travels with her oldest son, Michael Brody (Lance Guest) and his wife, Carla (Karen Young), to the Bahamas to live with them. The Bahamas should be a safe place for her family as the waters are too warm to support shark life. But, several days later a Great White shows up in the Bahamian waters. Ellen and her new friend, Hoagie (Michael Caine), become embroiled in a bitter shark battle that lasts through the rest of the film until the last Jaws shark is vanquished.

Additional Thanks

Good Work for Director and Producer Joseph Sargent. Thank you to Associate Producer Frank Baur for his help in making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Carla Brody (Karen Young), Hoagie (Michael Caine), Thea (Judith Barsi), Louisa (Lynn Whitfield), Jake (Mario Van Peebles), Young Sean Brody (archival footage of Jay Mello), Clarence (Cedric Scott), William (Charles Bowleg), Mr. Witherspoon (Melvin Van Peebles), Tiffany (Mary Smith), Polly (Edna Billotto), Mrs. Taft (Fritzi Jane Courney), and Mayor (Cyprian R. Dube).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The first Jaws movie is the best of the four. I watched the last movie in the series because I wanted to finish the series. But, for your time and money, this one can be passed due to its mediocrity. The original energy for the series has long since passed.

Ben Meyers

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