FW MOVIE PICK: JAWS 2

Roy Scheider in Jaws 2 (1978)

I’ve avoided checking out the “Jaws” sequels for quite some time now, but I knew I had to check them out eventually starting with the only direct sequel! Years after the shark attacks that left Amity Island reeling, Sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) finds new trouble lurking in the waters. Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) wants to rid the beach town of the stain on its reputation. But the disappearance of a pair of divers suggests that all is not right. When Sheriff Brody voices his warnings about holding a sailing competition, everyone thinks it’s post-traumatic stress. That is, until a shark fin cuts through the water. The movie never approaches the unnerving thrills of its classic predecessor, but it’s reasonably entertaining for a sequel that has no reason to exist. However the usage of teenage characters and the titular shark looking a bit faker this time around kind of ruins the whole experience for me. But the worst is yet to come in this drowning series!

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