Jaws 4 - The Revenge [DVD]
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Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary) takes her family to the Bahamas after one of her sons is killed by a Great White shark. The fearsome beast tracks them down, however, as it pursues what appears to be a personal vendetta against them. Michael Caine plays the renegade pilot who helps the family ward off the aquatic menace.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First of all, hardly anybody gets eaten. After Jaws gobbles up the youngest Brody son Mom goes on a holiday to get away from Amity Island and it's history...to the Bahamas! Total change of scenery huh? Jaws follows. How? Don't ask me. And he gets there in a day when it would take any ordinary shark about a week minimum.
Her elder son works as a marine biologist (surely being attacked by sharks in the first two movies would put him off going in the ocean) and is studying sea snails (presumably he got fired from Sea World after Jaws 3). By pure coincidence (or contrivance), Jaws shows up and pokes his nose into the sea snail research.
The shark looks sooooooooooooo fake. It's very obviously nothing but foam rubber with plastic teeth. And it's incredibly stupid. The shark in the first film (and in the surprisingly good second) seemed to be kind of smart and cunning. But now it's just a big lumbering idiot.
Why on earth Michael Caine agreed to be in this is beyond me. He even couldn't get to the Oscars to accept his award for Hannah and her Sisters because he was too busy filming this turkey. And the story with him dating Mom Brody takes up a tremendous amount of the film's running time and ends up turning it into a soap opera.
The worst thing tho, isn't the elder Brody son's beard or Mario Van Peebles' Jamaican accent. It's the ending. Let me explain what happens...
Jaws stands on his tail!
On the Water!!
Roars like a Lion!!!Read more ›
Sean Brody is now the deputy of Amity, and his job involves shifting rubbish in the ocean. On one fateful rubbish removal, a vengeful shark seems to recall to actions of the Brody family of the last 15 years on sharks, and gobbles up poor old Sean.
After a funeral, and many flashbacks, Ellen decides to to stay with Michael, and meets up with a pre comeback Michael Caine and Mario Van Peebles.
Not wanting to miss a trick, Jaws four decides to join the family and kill a few people on the way.....
Jaws is a phenomenal movie. It started the summer blockbuster legacy, but it should have stayed as a singular movie. Number 2 was literally that, 3 was amiable but too Quaidy, and the fourth part is beyond the borders of rational, and this is what makes it so watchable.
Don't get me wrong, its terrible in many ways, but for heavens sake, its laugh out loud funny, never boring, and if your a shark enthusiast, there must be a wonderful drinking game to play every time the makers make an error.
Suspend your belief for nearly ninety minutes, and you will enjoy the fact that sharks do have a voice, sharks do seek revenge and follow people halfway across the world, and the best one of all, Caine playing it straight and actually being watchable and the best thing about the film.
The rest of the cast are almost autonomous, especially Grey, but this is one of those films that I can go back to again and again, and never get bored of.
Essential viewing for the bad movie connoisseur ....
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Disgraceful. Item had no plastic seal on so the dvd was rolling around inside after it had been put in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Low production values & an illogical script. The scenes with the shark are goofy and those without are flat and dull.Published 5 months ago by Lee09