Jaws 2 (1978) Movie Review

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1978 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Adventure
116 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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Jaws 2 Review


Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Jaws 2 (1978) is a 1h 56-min American adventure thriller-horror film that is the second installment in the Jaws franchise. Director Jeannot Szwarc (Somewhere in Time (1980), Supergirl (1984), Boston Public (2000)) did an incredible job directing this adventurous movie in the late 1970s. Jaws 2 had an estimated budget of $20 million and grossed over $187 in the US and over $208 million worldwide.

Jaws 2 revolves around Police Chief Martin Brody ( Roy Scheider - Jaws (1975), The French Connection (1971), 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)) dealing with another great white shark in the waters of Amity Island. A gigantic great white shark killed two divers before the opening of a new hotel on Amity Island. The shark attacked a few days later killing a female water skier and speedboat driver while getting injured and severely burned on the face. We soon saw a giant killer whale with massive wounds on the shore leading Martin to believe that they have another shark problem and voices his concerns to Mayor Larry Vaughn who quickly dismisses him. Martin was voted out as Police Chief after he showed The Amity town council pictures of a shark from the diver’s camera.

Martin’s son Mike (Mark Gruner - A Little Game (1971), The Tribe (1974), Fantastic Planet (1973)) and a group of friends head out sailing with Mike’s brother Sean (Marc Gilpin - Surviving (1985), She’s Out of Control (1989)) tagging along. Martin and his wife Ellen ( Lorraine Gary - Jaws (1975), Jaws: The Revenge (1987), 1941 (1979)) was informed that their son Mike went sailing with friends in the same water with a shark in it. Will Martin, his wife Ellen and Deputy Len Hendricks ( Jeffrey Kramer - Jaws (1975), The Practice (1997-1999), Ally McBeal (1997-1999), Halloween II (1981)) find the kids in time?

I would recommend viewers to watch this film with an open mind and for the action scenes such as the shark attacks etc. because the script was weak as well as the dialogue. The actors gave us average performances that could have been better but then how much excitement can one have with a weak script that makes you feel blah. Jaws 2 was an entertaining and exciting two hours that had me rooting for individual teens to make it out of the water alive and well. The sceneries and set were a bonus treat for me, but I tried to keep in mind that this is a 1970s movie and not recent, so it is not what I am accustomed to seeing. All shark fans should not miss the film because it surpasses other Jaws movies in many ways.

About Jaws 2 1978

Title: Jaws 2
Year: 1978
Runtime: 116 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robin Eddins, Jeffrey Kramer, Fritzi Jane Courtney, Susan French, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Cyprian R. Dube, Gregory Harris, Gary Dubin, George Buck, Keith Gordon, Gigi Vorgan, Alfred Wilde, Christine Freeman, Bill Green, April Gilpin, Michael Smith, Gary Springer, William Griffith, Donna Wilkes, Coll Red McLean, Susan O. McMillan, John Dukakis, David Owsley, G. Thomas Dunlop, Allan L. Paddack, David Elliott, Marc Gilpin, Oneida Rollins
Writers: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb, Howard Sackler
Director: Jeannot Szwarc