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Jaws 3-D (1983)
USA / English
"Reaching new depths of terror. "
The sons of police chief Brody must protect civilians at a Sea World theme park after a gigantic 35-foot shark becomes trapped in the park.
Dennis Quaid Michael 'Mike' Brody
Bess Armstrong Kathryn Morgan
Simon MacCorkindale Philip FitzRoyce
Louis Gossett Jr. Calvin Bouchard
John Putch Sean Brody
Lea Thompson Kelly Ann Bukowski
P.H. Moriarty Jack Tate
Dan Blasko Dan
Liz Morris Liz
Lisa Maurer Ethel
Harry Grant Shelby Overman
Andy Hansen Silver Bullet
P.T. Horn Funnel Guide
John Edson Bob Woodbury (as John Edson Jr.)
Kaye Stevens Mrs. Kellender
Director: Joe Alves
Producer: Rupert Hitzig
Writer: Peter Benchley,Carl Gottlieb
Aesthetically hideous but look beyond the 3D effects and the glaring errors and you have yourself an average monster film.
By this time, it was feeling like 'another day, another Jaws film' but this time, the hook was that the film was in 3D. I think the idea of having a Jaws film in 3D is a stroke of genius – the idea of having a shark pop out at the cinema audience must've seemed as if it was on par with the discovery of gravity or the founding of new land after a six month boat journey. Alas, since I saw this film in its 2D cousin format; I didn't get the thrill I'm sure I would've got had it been in three dimensions. Given this information, I'll give my opinions based on a 2D viewing as it's only fair.

I think a lot of people have a problem with the film's effects. True, having the bottom of a submarine disappear into the background and then reappear as it turns around is a sure fire way of completely zoning your audience out of the reality of the film but if it had been in 3D, I'm sure it would've created cheers instead of jeers. I've seen a 3D film at an IMAX cinema and I can tell you it's a joy to behold to see things pop out at you. These things supposedly happen in Jaws 3D at well spaced times. The shark charges at you and glass flies at the screen, dolphins do their jumping and water sprays everywhere and as I've mentioned, a one man submarine swims around on a clear blue, water background but when you're viewing them on a television, it just looks like an absolute abomination, graphics wise.

What I liked is the way the action is moved away from the beach and the film goes down a new route; moving away from the cop-come-suspicion-come-convincing act in a refreshing way. What Jaws 3D does do differently that I'm sure it wishes it hadn't consists of numerous things. For one, you don't need to be a marine biologist to know that sharks can't swim backwards. They did so in Deep Blue Sea (1999) but we were given reason – they were genetically altered; but here, the shark just seems to feel like it – so it does so. Arguably the worst continuity error in a film of all time. Secondly, the film follows the previous Jaws instalments by having the character bicker and argue for a while; in this case the conflict is distinctly put across through the English characters and the Americans as they talk about what they'll do. The English want to kill it and the Americans want to save it; keeping it for their park. A bit of a misrepresentation, if you ask me.

Although there are some glaring errors throughout this film: such as the shark swimming backwards and the fact it managed to break through a pane of glass that was obviously too thick since it's pressurised for being underwater. Not to mention the annoying and cheesy way the dolphins attempt to 'save the day', the film remains as an average action adventure piece that doesn't have brain cells but doesn't need them. People mark the film down for its effects but that's premature since they probably saw it on a 2D screen anyway. I thinks it's fitting how one character says to the other when they're discussing the equipment they use at the sea world park: 'You build it and I swim in it.' The same could be said for Spielberg, his original Jaws film success and its predecessors sequels – you build in it and we'll swim in it.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 1
Imdb rating: 3.3
Musician: Alan Parker
Running time: 99 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3