Starring : Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindate, Louis Gossett Jr., John Putch, John W. Wilson, Lea Thompson, Harry Grant, and P.H. Moriarty.
Directed by : Joe Alves.
Released : July 22nd, 1983.
When you consider a franchise for a film like “Jaws” (1975), do you really think that there’s potential for a long-running line of decent sequels? Movies like the “Jaws” series are confined to a water environment, that’s a kiss of death already for your movie franchise. There’s only so much you can do when your series takes place around the waters and your only nemesis is a giant killer shark. In the case of “Jaws 3-D”, or rather “Jaws 3” as it is now known, this sequel was fortunate enough to find a distinguishable setting — a huge water park with plenty of underwater lagoons, tunnels, and tourists which make for plenty of ripe meat.
“Jaws 3” takes place within the SeaWorld water park. This time, a brand new great white shark suddenly makes its way into its waters from the sea, thus beginning the mass killings of the park’s employees, water skiers, and so forth. But that’s not all though. Upon capturing what they believe to be the killer shark, they learn that what they have obtained is the baby shark, whose mother is the bigger and meaner one. And yes, she is inside the park somewhere.
Gone is any trace of the original cast members from “Jaws” (1975) and “Jaws 2” (1978), including the lead of those two films, Roy Scheider himself. Nothing could have ever convince him to do another ‘Jaws’ film after the second one. There is one exception which is Brody’s now grown-up son, Mike (Dennis Quaid), both he and his girlfriend Kay (Bess Armstrong) are employees of the SeaWorld park. The scumbag authority who won’t listen this time around is played by Louis Gossett Jr. who is the manager of the park.
“Jaws 3” follows the same formula as the previous two films. Shark begins killing people in certain area in which lead character works, lead character tries to convince his boss to close the area from the public, boss doesn’t listen, more people die, lead character takes matters into his or her own hands and finds a way to kill the shark. So what does “Jaws 3” have going for it? We’ve got a pretty interesting setting for a ‘Jaws’ movie, a water park attraction, we’ve got an African American playing one of the main characters for a change, we’ve got a baby shark that belongs to the real baddie, there’s new cool way for the shark to die, which leads me to the final action sequence which is all around pretty original and entertaining.
“Jaws 3” is also quite notable for being the only entry in the franchise that was in 3-D form upon release during the revived interest at the time of the early 1980’s (among other horror movies such as “Amityville 3-D” and “Friday the 13th Part III” for instance). Considering that the studio missed a ripe opportunity for a good fourth ‘Jaws’ film with “Deep Blue Sea” (1999), it probably would have been best to end the series at “Jaws 3”.