Jaws 4

Jaws 4

Firstly yes, the premise is absurd but if we can try to forget that then Jaws 4 is not as bad as some have said. Certainly better than part 3.

Sheriff Brody has been dead for some years, his sons have grown, and his wife has tried to move on, but she now fears the water and still has nightmares. Her son Sean, now a cop at Amity is killed one night in the water so a paranoid Ellen decides to visit Michael, her other son on a Caribbean island. Ellen believes her family is haunted by sharks and wants her son to stop working with them as he now has a family of his own to look after. He will not believe her, but a Great White attacks him and his friend Jake. They escape, but decide to investigate. Meanwhile Ellen is falling for local Pilot, Hoagie. Soon though it becomes clear that the shark is after the family. Elle decides to find and destroy the shark as she cannot get on with her life and must protect remaining members of her family, and Mike, Jake and Hoagie follow.

There are some good performances here, they hardly are special, but above average especially when you remember the story. Lorraine and Lance are solid as the Brody family, while Van Peebles is good and provides some banter. Caine looks like he is having fun, it is the Bahamas after all, and he probably was paid well. There are a couple of good moments- the banana boat scene and the shark following Mike into the sunken ship. A poor finish to the series, but then again not much new could really be done to spice things up. The cinematography is good, the shark looks OK, but of course some things the shark does are just wrong. The films should have ended after part 2. Then again, if someone could make a fifth, with a good story, I’d pay my money. Hmm.

The DVD has nothing extra of note.

Feel free to leave any comments on the movie- is this the worst thing ever?

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