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Film / Jaws 3-D

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The second sequel to Jaws, released in the year 1983 with 3-D Movie technology. It was directed by Joe Alves with a screenplay by Richard Matheson and Carl Gottlieb.

Several years have passed since the Amity Island incidents, and Michael Brody (Dennis Quaid), now grown up, is working for SeaWorld in Orlando. But now he must fight a killer shark of his own, as a gigantic one makes the place its home and starts eating the park's employees and customers.

This film provides examples of:

  • An Arm and a Leg: Shelby Overman’s right arm is torn off when he is attacked by the shark.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • Sharks are not able to swim backwards. They also need to move their tails side to side in order to propel themselves at all, let alone smash through an observation window.
    • When the shark is blown up, a lengthy chunk of large intestine goes flying towards the screen along with the jaw fragments. Sharks' intestines are very short and look nothing like that.
    • Also, the shark is supposedly attacking people out of anger for her baby being killed. In real life, sharks don't give a shit about their offspring once they're born. Some even eat them!
    • The mother shark in this film is also gigantic. An estimated 35ft in length. The largest Great Whites in real life typically don't reach any longer than 20ft (with 23ft being the maximum accepted size estimate).
      • This is actually lampshaded by Fitzroyce when Kay mentions how huge the shark must be and he tells her that that's impossible.
      • Possibly justified; the shark from the Jaws 2 was explicitly stated to be thirty feet, so Serial Escalation is probably in play.
    • The baby shark is also much, much too large to have been born recently inside the park. A real newborn great white isn't much bigger than a Chinook salmon.
    • The shark also eats one of its victims by chewing it. Sharks use their teeth to cut their food off their victims. They don't chew their food.
    • Great Whites have to remain in constant motion to take in oxygen through their gills. If the shark really was hiding in the filtration pipes, it would've died.
      • Actually, if the water flow in the pipe was moving oxygenated water over the gills the shark would be fine. Some sharks are known to rest in underwater caves by lying on the bottom with current flowing into their open mouths.
  • Asshole Victim: The two poachers who get eaten by the shark while trying to steal coral.
  • Attack of the Town Festival: Events of the film coincide with preparations to open a water park.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted and inverted. Calvin survives the entire film, and the shark’s final victim is a black technician it kills during its assault on the control room.
  • Body Horror: Say what you will about the rest of the film, the condition of Overman's corpse is legitimately horrifying.
  • Camera Abuse: Fitzroyce readies a syringe and squirts its contents at the camera, no doubt to show off the 3D effects.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The Revenge ignores this film's events.
  • Captain Ersatz: The park, SeaWorld, obviously based on the real thing, but with some notable differences, such as being linked to the open ocean. Orlando is in central Florida, nowhere near the shore. Granted, there was no direct reference or dialogue that indicated that this is the Orlando park.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The grenade that the British scientists intend to use to blow up the shark. They don't get to use it, what with FitzRoyce being eaten by the shark and all, but Mike and Kay do.
    • The lifeline the British scientists intend to use to get out of the filtration pipe. Is it really any surprise when it snaps, leaving FitzRoyce to become the shark's midnight snack?
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Technically Calvin, as while he doesn't do anything illegal or underhanded, his primary concern (initially, anyway) is profit. Hence him moving the shark to a display tank before it's ready.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • FitzRoyce's death. He gets swallowed by the shark, and later his corpse is spotted being stuck in its throat, which means that he drowned within the beast as he tried to climb out.
    • Shelby Overman's death is pretty brutal too, judging by the condition of his corpse and his right arm is torn off during the shark’s attack.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The first victim, Shelby Overman, who breaks the cardinal rule of diving: diving alone (or without telling anyone where he was going) to inspect a malfunctioning underwater gate. Even if there hadn't been a huge shark out there, some other disaster could have easily happened with no one to rescue him—indeed, until his mangled corpse is found, there's considerable speculation from everyone—his girlfriend, his friends, his employers, that he may have just run off on a bender. Later, his boss lampshades it when they go searching for his body.
  • Eaten Alive: The shark swallows FitzRoyce alive, in vivid detail.
  • Expy: FitzRoyce is basically a British counterpart of Quint from the first film, as both are expert shark hunters who end up killed by the main villainous sharks in their jaws at the films' climaxes, however, both characters after death provide a Chekhov's Gun which helps blowing up the sharks to kingdom come.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: The dolphins act skittish and edgy as soon as the shark shows up, to the point where they seem to be explicitly warning Mike and Kay away from exploring a shipwreck, knowing that the shark is lurking nearby.
  • Heroic Dolphin: Cindy and Sandy rescue Kay and Mike from a shark after attempting to keep them out of the Galleon. Later, one of them gets in front of the shark, again allowing Mike and Kay time to escape. It initially appears to be a Heroic Sacrifice on the dolphin's part, before Improbable Infant Survival kicks in.
  • Jerkass: One of the bumperboat riders knocks Kelly and Sean into the water while the latter was trying to restart the motor. This was the second time he knocked into them. Granted, he didn't know about the shark, but it was still a jerk move.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Fitzroyce is pompous and arrogant, but clearly very knowledgeable about sharks, saves Kay's life when the baby shark attacks her, and jumps right in to help when things go to hell.
    • Granted, everything that goes wrong is Bouchard's fault, but he's genuinely concerned about the welfare of the park's guests and about Kay and Mike when the shark gets loose, and he doesn't hesitate to save the female technician during the climax.
  • Losing Your Head: When the shark bites a fish in half, its severed head is shown moving (in 3D!).
  • Mama Bear: It's implied that the mother shark's behavior is partly out of revenge for the capture and death of her infant.
  • Manly Tears: Jack bursts into these when Fitzroyce doesn't resurface, realizing that he's been killed by the shark.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The opening-credits sequence shows underwater shark-POV imagery of coral reefs, and a large reef grouper being attacked. Great Whites are open-water hunters, and actively avoid reefs where they could get boxed in or breached.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Bouchard orders the filtration pipe pump shut down right in the middle of the operation to fix the underwater tunnels, fully aware that they were used to keep the shark confined. He's more worried about the cost of the pump if it burns out, and incorrectly assumes that the shark will drown and the locked grate will keep that gigantic thing in the pipe.
    • Also earlier in the film, the staff has succeeded in capturing the baby shark, intending to put on display as the world's first great white shark in captivity once it's nursed back to health and ready, guaranteeing a boatload (pun intended) of money and good publicity for Sea World. However, Calvin gets impatient of waiting for the shark to recover, and orders him to be moved to an exhibit right away without talking to Katherine. The shark almost immediately dies, either because he wasn't ready for display yet or because the exhibit he was put in was incapable of supporting great whites, resulting in the park losing its new multimillion dollar attraction.
  • Night Swim Equals Death:
    • Overman goes diving alone just after sunset to inspect the broken sea gate, only to become the shark's dinner.
    • The burglars who sneak into the property at night to steal coral have a fatal run-in with the shark after one of them goes into the water with scuba gear and a flashlight.
    • Sean and Kelly wade into the water at night and make out, but avoid dying because the shark is busy attacking the two intruders some distance away.
  • No OSHA Compliance: A ten-foot shark is in a tank that only comes up to spectators waists and has no protective barrier around it. They're damn lucky no one fell in/jumped in/threw something in/shark reached up and grabbed someone, etc.
  • Not Quite Dead: Dolphin Sandy in the film's ending.
  • Numbered Sequels: The number in this case also doubles for the viewing experience.
  • Oddball in the Series: The first and only of the films to not be set on Amity Island (even the fourth film starts out there before moving to the Bahamas).
  • Oh, Crap!: Mike, Kay, and Calvin all have this expression when they see that the shark is swimming right towards the control room about to smash through the glass and flood the place.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: One appears in the middle of an aquarium display, and is soon followed by its maker.
  • Sequel Escalation: The shark in this film is the biggest one in the series.
  • Shark Tunnel: The underwater tunnels of Seaworld.
  • Shout-Out: The sequence where Kelly goes swimming and tries to entice Sean into joining her is clearly a reference to the opening sequence of the first film.
    • And the bit where Mike fires a dart at the fleeing shark echoes Quint's actions.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Mike's SORAS intensifies here, as he is now played by 29-year old Dennis Quaid when he should be just entering his twenties. Sean doesn't fair too much better, having gone from 7-year old to college student in eight years.
  • Spiritual Successor: To, of all things, Revenge of the Creature; another monster movie sequel in 3-D about a dangerous creature captured and brought to an oceanside aquatic facility.
  • Steel Ear Drums: An explosion underwater doesn't seem to be inconvenient at all to our heroes.
  • Third Is 3D: The movie was produced as a 3-D Movie to conincide with the third product in the franchise.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The first victim, Shelby Overman, who breaks the cardinal rule of diving: diving alone (or without telling anyone where he was going) to inspect a malfunctioning underwater gate. Even if there hadn't been a huge shark out there, some other disaster could have easily happened with no one to rescue him—indeed, until his mangled corpse is found, there's considerable speculation from everyone—his girlfriend, his friends, his employers, that he may have just run off on a bender. Later, his boss lampshades it when they go searching for his body.
  • Threatening Shark: Technically averted with the baby shark, who never injures a single person.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mike calls Calvin out on his insensitivity—constantly asking "Is the film okay?"—by pointing out that all of the people (two of whom were nearly killed by the shark) are all right.
    • But in response Calvin asks “is everyone all right down there” and how it looked a little dicey down there, prompting amused smiles from his people.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sean has a fear of water following his experiences in the last movie.