A few years back me and somebody who shall remain nameless came up with a name for movies that are so awful they shouldn’t be classified as films. We called them flims. I don’t know why it was funny, but it stuck. Jaws 4 is s flim; a flim so awful that it isn’t even worth watching. It’s like having a great time in your 20s and getting cancer when you’re 30. I enjoyed it when I was a kid, but I also liked many things that I find terrible now. I remember there were inconsistencies in the film, even when I was 9 or 10. For example, the shark growls. I’m not a marine biologist, but I’m pretty sure sharks don’t growl like lions. Another sample of this flims spotty writing is the shark’s motivation. Unlike the first three films, where the shark is acting on instinct, the shark in Jaws 4 seems like a sentient being, complete with self conscious motivation. It’s out for revenge against the last of the Brodys, who are in Jamaica for the majority of the film.
I know Jaws 4 was nominated for a long line of Razzies. Wikipedia states it cost $9 million to make and grossed slightly over $20 million domestically. That means that when tickets cost around $6 for an evening showing, over three million Americans went to see this. 1/100th of America’s population actually went to see this in the theater. What is wrong with us? Even the trailer looks terrible and doesn’t say anything about this film except, “this time it’s revenge.” In addition, the trailer’s tagline is, “man’s deepest fear has risen again,” is misleading since the primary target of the shark is a female (Lorraine Gary). Below is the terrible trailer for the film.
Here is my review of Jaws 4: The Revenge that I posted on Netflix. One out of two people found it helpful.
Jaws 4: The Revenge (1987)
Jaws: The Revenge is responsible for successfully murdering the Jaws franchise, which was on life support for many years prior. The film starts in Amity, where the youngest Brody brother is killed by a great white shark. From there the film travels to the Bahamas, where Mrs. Brody and her other son hang out in the sun. The living Brody brother is a researcher and works with Mario Van Peebles looking for conch shells. Michael Caine is a drunken pilot that wants to bang Mrs. Brody. That’s really all there is to this film. Oh yes, the shark is smart and for some reason is able to follow Mrs. Brody. Instead of portraying a giant fish as a simple killing machine like in the first film, Jaws is instead a vengeful, self aware creature that is hell bent on killing all the Brody’s. They should have gone the extra step and made the shark talk, since they are giving it mental capabilities far exceeding those of any fish in the ocean. There are a few violent scenes that are mediocre but the shark looks ridiculous and the plot and dialogue is atrocious. While Jaws 3 is a horrible film, the final installment in the Jaws series is an embarrassment that is only good to watch when in the mood for a terrible movie that raises one’s self esteem. It makes you think, “at least I did not make this pile of crap. I would rather work a dead end job than be the person responsible for this film.”