Three years after those infamous shark attacks, another great white swims into police chief Brody’s Amity resort town in this shameless sequel that’s a pale imitation of the classic original.
Two holidaymakers are attacked by a shark near the underwater wreckage of the Orca. The next victims are a water skier and her mother, but their death is ruled accidental.
Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), however, becomes obsessed with the notion of a great white threatening the peaceful town again, much as one did a few years earlier, exclaiming; “I don’t intend to go through that Hell again.”
The town officials think it’s a classic case of the boy who cried wolf and when Brody causes panic on a public beach in front of potential real estate investors, they take his badge away, declaring him a menace.
Meanwhile, his sons Mike (Mark Gruner) and Sean (Marc Gilpin) join a group of teens on a boat race to Lighthouse Island. They change course for Cable Junction, unaware that a great white is shadowing their every move.
Director Jeannot Szwarc tries to ape Steven Spielberg’s imaginative style, but the suspense comes unglued because the film floats in all-too-familiar waters. You just know how everyone is going to react – from the stars to the director, and even the mechanical shark.
Stalwart Roy Scheider is in full control of this blasé follow-up that makes one wonder why Mayor Vaughan (Murray Hamilton) hasn’t learnt any lessons from previous events.
Deputy Jeff Hendricks
Dr Lureen Elkins
Tina Wilcox, Miss Amity
G Thomas Dunlop
Billy Van Zandt