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4.0 out of 5 stars Jaws - the return
A fairly decent film with some genuinely gripping action sequences. Had this not been a sequel then I feel it would have been much better received, but the crew were always going to suffer by being compared to the original. Some excellent suspense builders, notably the teenagers hanging out in the harbour and the desperate swim by Eddie for the safety of his dingy. As in...
Published on 24 April 2003 by K. Smith

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Yet Bloodless Sequel
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Running time 111 minutes, Trailer for Jaws 2,3 & Revenge, Making of Jaws 2.

Trivia.
1)In one of the boat scenes a man is clearly seen reading a Jaws novel by Peter Benchley.
2)Roy Scheider didn't want to film Jaws 2 but having recently walked away from the Deer Hunter project, Universal agreed they would overlook his exit from that...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jaws - the return, 24 April 2003
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K. Smith "Paul" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jaws 2 [DVD] (DVD)
A fairly decent film with some genuinely gripping action sequences. Had this not been a sequel then I feel it would have been much better received, but the crew were always going to suffer by being compared to the original. Some excellent suspense builders, notably the teenagers hanging out in the harbour and the desperate swim by Eddie for the safety of his dingy. As in the original,the soundtrack adds to the suspense. A worthy follow up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequal to a classic film!, 22 Jun 2001
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Mr. Stuart Reid "STU-bot" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jaws 2 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
My earliest memory as a child was watching this film. I feel that the film is just as enjoyable and enduring as the original. JAWS 2 focuses more on the shark itself than on character development, with Roy Scheider's character having mere suspicions of a shark being the cause of the deaths at sea. We see his sense of fear and anger at the possibility of another shark which the community refuses to accept exists. John Williams returns to compose a soundtrack just as gripping as his OSCAR winning original. His score retains the overall menace of the original but is in no way repetitive. The shark itself is given far more screen time and this allows for some very tense and genuinely frightning moments.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Yet Bloodless Sequel, 6 Feb 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jaws 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Dvd Info.
Running time 111 minutes, Trailer for Jaws 2,3 & Revenge, Making of Jaws 2.

Trivia.
1)In one of the boat scenes a man is clearly seen reading a Jaws novel by Peter Benchley.
2)Roy Scheider didn't want to film Jaws 2 but having recently walked away from the Deer Hunter project, Universal agreed they would overlook his exit from that picture as long as he commited to filming Jaws 2, Scheider agreed but was resentful at being forced to shoot the movie & clashed with director Jeannot Szwarc frequently.
3)Murry Hamilton's scenes were shot first as his wife became very ill at the time of production so he could be released from the mvie early to be with her.
4)Original director John D.Hancock was fired & replaced by Jeannot Szwarc.
5)Jeannot Szwarc other directing credits include Somewhere In Time, Supergirl & several episode's of Smallville.
6)Steven Spielberg & Richard Dreyfuss were asked to direct & star in Jaws 2 but both declined due to there participation of starring & directing Close Encounters Of A Third Kind.
7)In a deleted scene Mayor Vaughn is the only one who votes in favour of Brody keeping his job hinting the mayor is starting to believe Brodys theory that another shark is terrorising Amity Island.

Review.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

4 year's after the shark attack at Amity Island another great white shark has entered the waters of seaside resort Amity Island to create terror for the citizens who live on this Island once again.

Chief Martin Brody is suspicious of another shark terrorising Amitys water's after finding a body in the sea & a half eaten whale on the beach.

Brodys warnings to the mayor Larry Vaughn & developer Len Peterson are ignored & deemed crazy leading to Brody eventually being fired from his role as chief of police due to causing mass panic on the beach which may get the sued & give the seaside town bad press.

But when Brodys son Michael who disobeying his father after being grounded goes out to sea to spend the day sailing with his friend's on his boat the group are subjected to being terrorised by the great white shark prompting Brody to search for his son & confront his biggest fear of trying to kill another great white shark & this time with no Quint or Hooper, Brody must attempt to kill the shark alone.

Timelord Thoughts.

This is a decent well made sequel that once again features Roy Scheider as Chief of police Martin Brody, Lorraine Gary as his wife Ellen & Murray Hamilton as Mayor Larry Vaughn.

Roy Scheider gives another very good performance as chief of police Martin Brody gives the movie some much needed gravitas & Scheider in his scenes were he loses it with the Amity committee are brilliant to watch, Roy Scheider is a very underrated actor & deserved more praise than he got for his acting.

This sequel has a good story & the sequences of the kids being terrorized by the shark create great tension & atmosphere.

What let's this sequel down somewhat is it's bloodless & far less gory than the original film.

Nothing in this film makes the viewer jump out like the original film did as director Jeannot Szwarc is no Steven Spielberg & one of the most interesting shark attacks is a deleted scene featuring the helicopter pilot which is cut from the final cut of the movie but can be viewed fully on You Tube.

(Note the deleted helicopter pilot features a edited deleted scene but You Tube contains the full version of this scene).

With a tighter pacing & slightly gorier shark attacks this could've equaled it's predecessor but alias it only achieves at being a decent competent follow up.

The best of the sequels but not as good as the classic original.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY decent Jaws sequel, 1 Aug 2013
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Inspector Gadget "Go Go Gadget Reviews" (On the trail of Doctor Claw) - See all my reviews
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In the wake of Steven Spielberg's original game-changer there came many, many imitators, most of which were so lazy that they were just named after whatever leviathan might be eating people on that occasion (Orca, Piranha, Great White, Alligator) and they were all absolute garbage (although Orca does have some decent melancholic pathos). Jaws 2 seems to have been degraded by the flurry of imitators, but that doesn't mean it's a bad film. It's actually quite good.

Three years after Martin Brody destroyed the original shark another (with a rather cool Phantom of the Opera burn across its 'face') has come to Amity Island and is gobbling-up the locals. No one wants to listen to Brody's suspicions, leaving him to deal with it all on his own. His two sons, meanwhile, go out sailing with a bunch of friends and are terrorized by the shark when it paralyzes their flotilla.

Many critics have compared Jaws to a teenage slasher movie, which I think is unfair. That particular sub-genre didn't really take-off until the release of Halloween, which came out 4 months later. Plus the teenagers in this movie are actually likable and have decent characterization. Even the stuck-up Mayor's son is good character. In a modern movie he'd die horribly as creating unlikable fodder is a common way for lazy writers to encourage blood-lust in the audience.

However, the movie is very, very short on blood, which is one of its biggest faults. These shark attacks are far too clean and sterile. The first movie had way more, why not this one? Jeannot Szwarc is no Steven Spielberg, and struggles to build tension and suspense. His effort is "not bad", especially during early scenes such as the dead whale, and body in the surf, but the poor editing of the action scenes suggests he couldn't capture much on camera and left it to the editors (Verna Fields did not touch this film) to put it together any way they could. Brody is somewhat demoted to a sideshow character in the second half as the teenagers shout and scream at the circling dorsal fin. A better balance of scenes could have been found here.

John Williams' score is a step-down from the first, though still a good score in its own right. It's just a pity that the movie has only ever been released in Mono as the music could use a decent, spacious remastering.

I feel that if a different, more prominent and skilled 70s director had taken control of Jaws 2 (such as John Frankenheimer or William Friedkin) then we might have ended up with a tighter, more exciting film. As it is, Jaws 2 is merely a respectable sequel before the excruciating awfulness of the further two that followed.

The DVD looks horrible and the film needs a strong remastering. The sound is in Mono only, but there are a few decent extras. Universal should put this out on Blu-ray, but they need to do some work on it first.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - Seen Better, 15 April 2003
This review is from: Jaws 2 [DVD] (DVD)
The problem with this sequel is the fact that JAWS is probably one of the best films ever made. Putting that aside, this sequel doesn't do too bad. I only gave it three stars - I took one off because it shows the shark way too much, and subsequently takes the suspense out of the film. I took another point off, simply because the film just isn't as good as the first one. But then again, Steven Spielberg directed the first one, and didn't do any of the other ones, and it shows. All in all, this film IS watchable, and I would recommend it if you haven't seen it before, but it's not a classic. The 3rd and 4th ones are a joke, but this isn't bad, when being compared to them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Follow up to an Untouchable Masterpiece, 17 Mar 2009
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Gary P. Bickley "gary b" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jaws 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Not too much to add here, other than the John Williams soundtrack to this sequel is superb. Dreamy, and almost a reprise-like quality to the original score - it's the real strength of the film.

Impressive performance by Lorraine Gary, who has to be one of America's great underrated actresses, very natural and believable performance (like the first film), and likewise for Murray Hamilton, a great character actor. Roy Scheider - as good as ever. As my title suggests it's impossible to compare this to the first Jaws film which is an extraordinary piece of cinema art - untouchable - but in and of itself, Jaws 2 is very good indeed - better than many, many recent film releases.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sh-sh-shh-shhh-SHARK! Fantastic!, 5 Sep 2004
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A. S. Garton "age garton" (milton keynes, england) - See all my reviews
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I don't care what anyone says, this is a damn good sequel to Jaws. Scheider is back in his role of Brody, but the kids are a bit older and have retained their love of messing about in boats..... you can see where this is going, can't you?
Jaws II has some great scenes, and while the story might not be quite as strong as the original, it certainly should not be lumped together with b-movies like Pirrana (shame on you, Amazon!). Being a sequel, there is also room for some great lines: "....and I know what a shark looks like, because I've seen one up-close!". Ahhh, we love Chief Brody!
I strongly suggest you buy Jaws, Jaws II and Jaws: The Revenge - anything with Michael Caine is worth going overdrawn for - and skip Jaws III. It's worth just to note that this family of shark is the only one to have eaten a boat, a helicopter and a plane - now, there's movie trivia for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews!, 15 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Jaws 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Without Spielberg and certain members of the original cast, this sequel to the seventies smash was never going to come close to being as good as its daddy. It has its moments though with a good amount of scares, humour and fair performances. As sequels to masterpieces go, it's not bad.

Jaws 2 takes place in the same resort town Amity a few years after the original, with Sheriff Brody trying to lead a safe, peaceful life with his family. However, a few recent deaths cause suspicion in his mind, and he finds the half-devoured corpse of a killer-whale he believes another Great White is attacking in the area. Naturally no-one believes him, thinking he has grown paranoid over past incidents. The money grabbing mayor is trying to make the town popular again and will not listen. A sailing event is taking place soon, and although Brody warns his kids to stay out of the water, they disobey him and go with their friends in various tiny boats an catamarans. Brody is fired for scaring tourists, and he goes looking for his kids. Meanwhile the shark attacks the many boats, killing some, and soon each person is struggling for their life on pieces of driftwood.

Jaws 2 is a film which takes a deeper look at Brody's family life, as well as the Mayor's, dealing with similar issues to the first. However, the action and death count is increased, but unlike most sequels this does not cause it to suffer. There is a good amount of tension created, and we never know whose boat is going to be attacked next. Once the sizes of the boats and shark are compared, we know the kids have little hope. The mix of kids is good, with certain characters giving funny moments. Mostly the performances are good, particularly from Scheider, while most of the annoying characters are happily eaten. Memorable moments include the finale, the water-skier scene, and of course the helicopter scene. Much better than the next two, though I have a habit of marking high.

Unfortunately the DVD does not have any strong extras, so unless you are a massive fan of the film, you'll be better off getting this in the box set. Still, as a stand alone it's cheap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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good film
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 2 July 2014
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