"At the end of the day, The Last Shark gives the impression of Jaws misremembered. It all seems so familiar, and yet not quite right, as if the same events were taking place in an alternate universe."
— Ed Glaser
This film contains examples of:
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Unlike the one-dimensionally callous Mayor Vaughn, Mayor Wells actually makes an effort to take precautions against the shark by installing safety barriers and in the finale even goes as far as to attempt to take down the shark himself.
- Adult Fear: The main characters daughter is injured by the shark.
- An Arm and a Leg:
- Jenny gets her leg bitten off by the shark, but survives.
- Wells gets both his legs bitten off and dies quickly of the blood loss.
- Artistic License Biology: This movie did the roaring sharknote thing six years before Jaws: The Revenge...
- Ashes to Crashes: Ron's corpse is fed to the shark, because Peter knows the shark will be killed by what's inside of Ron.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Ron Hammer, the equivalent of Quint.
- Cool Hat: Riley, an amateur shark hunter, has on a cowboy hat.
- Disposable Pilot: Wells pilot Bernie. He does Outlive his boss but the shark manages to get the chopper into his mouth and drag it under the water.
- Dolled-Up Installment: The film was released in Spain, Brazil and Japan as a part of the Jaws series. Which is one of several reasons why Universal took the film's American distributors to court in a (successful) bid to have it pulled from cinemas.
- Foreign Remake: Averted in theory but played straight in practice. While not officially a remake of Jaws, it follows the original film so closely that it may as well be considered one. This is ultimately what led to it being denied a theatrical release in America.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Riley spends a bit thrashing in the water to distract the shark from the others swimming for safetyy before trying to make it himself. He doesn't, but the people he bought time for do.
- Hope Spot Wells pilot nearly get him out of the water in time, when he grabs the landing gear and the chopper lifts up but this he slips and falls back in, and when he makes it back again the shark is there.
- It's All My Fault: Wells blames himself for Jenny's injury due to it happening on his boat, on an amateur shark hunt led by his son, even though he had no knowledge of it.
- The Last Title: The title in both languages.
- Mythology Gag: The name of the protagonist Peter Benton is a nod to Peter Benchley, author of the original novel.
- Stock Footage: When not portrayed by an animatronic, the shark is represented by documentary footage.
- Threatening Shark: Serves as the primary antagonistic force.