Jaws 2 is a 1978 American horror, drama, thriller film directed by Jeannot Szwarc and co-written by Carl Gottlieb. It is the sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws, and the second installment in the Jaws franchise. The film stars Roy Scheider as Police Chief Martin Brody, with Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton reprising their respective roles as Martin's wife Ellen Brody and Mayor Larry Vaughn. It also stars Joseph Mascolo, Jeffrey Kramer, Collin Wilcox, Ann Dusenberry, Mark Gruner, Susan French, Barry Coe, Donna Wilkes and Gary Springer. In this movie, Micheal Brody, his brother a Sean, and his friends go on a sailing hangout, until they were terrorized by another Great White Shark, and Micheal's friends must protect themselves from getting killed before Brody arrives.
While Jaws 2 received mixed reviews from critics and proved to be a box office success. Fans of the first film widely deem that this movie as the best of the three Jaws sequels, especially, the memorable tagline "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..." has become one of the most famous in film history and has been parodied and homages several times. A sequel Jaws 3-D was released in 1983, five years after the second film was released.
The movie begins four years after Chief Brody killed the Great White Shark, the two scuba divers went to the deep ocean and they discover the wreckage of the Orca from the first movie, suddenly a great white shark appears and they both killed the two divers leaving their camera feel into the ocean floor, and the camera remains unknown. At Amity Island, Brody goes to the grand opening at the brand new Holiday Inn hotel with over $15,000 dollars during the opening. That night, a shark swims through the shore of Amity Island. The next day, a group of sailors was having a great, until the incident happened where a skier named Terry is caught by a shark, killing her, and the boater attempts to burn the shark, the creature using a gas tank and flare gun, but the boat explodes, killing her and severely burning the right side of the shark's face. Shortly afterward Brody, his family, and their officers had no idea what causes the explosion. And they investigate the site where the boat exploded earlier.
The next day, they witness a dead Orca laying on the shore, and they reported to the Police Department, and Brody starts to realize that there is another shark. At the Town Hall, Brody confirmed that there is another shark, but the Mayor doesn't believe what he is saying, and Brody leaves the Town Hall in a fuss. At the beach, he investigates a piece of the destroyed boat that contains a dead driver from a fatal boat explosion caused by a shark, a day earlier. That night, Brody puts poison in their bullets so he could possibly kill the shark, but the next day he shoots the ocean, which it turns it's just a school of bluefish, angered the visitors to Chief Brody for sound a false alarm. That night, Brody looks over the shopper's pics that the camera was found, and he goes to the Town Hall, but many of them still don't believe that there is a shark.
Early the next day, Micheal Brody disobeys his job and father's orders, and he took Sean Brody to sneak out from their home silently so they can go sailing with their friends, along with Marge, and they headed out to six boats into the middle of the ocean passing through a boat with scuba divers, where they go through underwater, but was caught by a shark, nearly killing the scuba diver as they went up to the same boat and they recover and injury man, who witness a shark. Meanwhile, a group of friends were enjoying themselves in the middle of the ocean, not knowing that the shark is heading toward the six boats. Chief Brody eventually wakes up and he mistakenly thought that Micheal Brody took his orders, and we cut back to Eddie and, where he encounters a shark, and he tries to get back into the boat, but he was dragged down into the sea, killing him instantly.
Chief Brody witnesses an ambiance with an injured scuba diver, and reports that his two sons were on their boats, along with his friends, Brody realized this, and they quickly moved out to find his sons, along the way, they came across a boat with Tina, looking very scared and she tells them that there's a shark in the ocean. Meanwhile, Mike's friends were still having a fun time, until a shark starts to attack the whole group of friends, capsizing most of the boats, and the shark nearly eats Mike alive. The Coast Guard marine helicopter that Brody contacted arrives to tow them to shore, unfortunately, the shark comes back again and the shark kills the pilot alive, and the shark spins around the boats, and Sean falls to another boat, along with Marge, and they attempted to get back onto another capsizing boat, but the shark suddenly appears one last time and eats Marge alive while she saving Sean from getting killed.
Meanwhile, at Amity Island, they already took Tina from the sea, and Chief Brody is still at the ocean sea as the storm approaches, Micheal friends were still lost, as they hang Sean's capsized boat to safety. They witness a rocky island as Brody arrives, and they found Micheal at their boat, meanwhile, Mike's friends attempt to move, they witness wires in the sea, as they founded Chief Brody, who is searching Mike's friends, and he throws the rope to the boats until a shark suddenly comes back and destroys the rope, and they throw the rope again, but they caught a wire and the shark suddenly comes back and a group of friends managed to get to the island as Chief Brody, and he had an idea, he bangs the wires as the shark hears it, and the shark comes back and Chief and the Shark begins their final showdown, and he ultimately makes the shark bites the wires, causes extreme electricity all over the shark's mouth, burning the shark and sinks in demise. Chief Brody finally kills the shark and they celebrate the killing of the shark and they swim back to the shark as the credits roll through the ocean, and the sunset.
Why It Rocks
- While not as good as the first one, it still has suspenseful scenes that it still faithful to the first film, though less than the original film, what's more, it still brings back anything from the original film, like the characters from the first film.
- Most of the characters from the first movie returned, while the newer character gave some decent performances.
- The quotes are still memorable such as "Alright, you big bastard, I've got something for ya' now! Come on, open wide! SAY "AHH"!"
- The shark in the second film is pretty decent, as it almost doesn't have any effects around the shark.
- Roy Scheider and as well their performances from the first movie, despite the fact that Scheider doesn't want to appear in this film, are still the most highlighted character in the first film, and they still a good job in their acting roles.
- Lorraine Gary also still did a good job portraying as Ellen Brody.
- Murray Hamilton is still great as Mayor Larry Vaughn.
- This is one of few films that Jeannot Szwarc's film can actually be good.
- The new characters in this film, while some can be very annoying, the teenage characters are somewhat fun and interesting.
- There are some good suspenseful action sequences during the cinemax, especially the final cinematic electric wire feed to the shark, which was pretty awesome.
- Amazing cinematography.
- John Williams still delivers an excellent score, just like he did in the first movie, and Star Wars, as he still retained the Jaws theme from the first movie.
- There are tons of good references that it managed to connect to the first film, such as a scene where you can see a wrecked Orca boat from the first film after Brody stopped the Shark during the final battle in the first movie.
- The main poster shows a shark opens her wide mouth as the shark jumps toward a surfing female looks very creepy, and it was well designed by Lou Feck.
- At least the storyline can be a lot of sense, and the sequel did at least try to have something new, there are some new things that are not in the original film, unlike the last two Jaws movies.
- You still don't get to see the shark that often, due to the mechanical shark still not working.
- The story itself is can be pretty similar to the original.
- The pacing can be a bit sluggish at times.
- Some of the new characters weren't their best, and not as memorable from the first film.
- There's an infamous scene where the Shark's mouth had a machine inside.
- There were several scenes where female characters scream in bloody murder, and it gets really annoying.
Jaws 2 was a very expensive film that Universal Pictures made until the point, costing the studio over $30 million. The film opened to a gross of $9,866,023 in over 640 theaters across the United States and Canada. It went on to earn $77,737,272 during its release, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 1978. It surpassed the $100 million with reissues, ultimately earning $102,922,376, and $208,900,376 worldwide. Despite grossing less than half of its predecessor, it became the highest-grossing sequel in history up to that point. It opened the same day as Grease, which grossed $9 million on the opening weekend. which was greater than any film released prior to that weekend. It was the first time that there had been two day-and-date releases grossing such high amounts. The opening weekend led it to set a record weekly total of $16,654,000. It went on to earn $77,737,272 during its initial release, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 1978.
Jaws 2 received mixed reviews from critics, and fans of the original, but has been declared a "decent sequel" and has been called the best of the Jaws sequels, while Jaws 3-D and Jaws: The Revenge aren't. Jaws 2 holds a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews, DVD Authority says "After this one, the other Jaws movies seemed to just not be as good." while Metacritic gave a film a 51/100 rating, while IMDB scores the film a 5.8/10 rating. As of today, the sequel is far more decent, and way better than Jaws 3-D and Jaws: The Revenge.
- Roy Scheider didn't want to star in the film, but was contractually obligated to do so.