Writer: Michael De Guzman (Screenplay)
Starring: Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest, Mario Van Peebles, Karen Young, Michael Caine
Plot: Chief Brody’s widow believes that her family is deliberately being targeted by another shark in search of revenge.
Tagline – On Friday June 17, man’s deepest fear will rise again
Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Just Bad
Story: Jaws 4 The Revenge starts as we head back to Amity Bay, as Sean (Anderson) now works on the police department with Ellen (Gary) carrying on her life after Chief’s death (off camera), when Sean is killed in a shark attack, Michael (Gust) returns to offer as much comfort as he can.
Michael takes his mother of Barbados for a change of scenery with his family wife Carla (Young) and daughter Thea (Barsi), with an island full of characters including pilot Hoagie (Caine) and local Jake (Van Peebles), when a great white appears in research area, Ellen believe the shark is following and hunting down the family.
Thoughts on Jaws 4 The Revenge
Characters – Ellen Brody has lost her husband and now she has lost her youngest son to a shark attack, she believes the shark is now tracking down the family in an act of revenge, wanting Michael to give up his job in the ocean. She also starts a relationship with pilot Hoagie that shows her a new look on life. Michael is the eldest son of Ellen, he works in the ocean and has his own family in Barbados, he uses the opportunity to study the shark which has never been located in the waters around Barbados. Hoagie is the pilot and gambler living on the island, that starts a relationship with Ellen.
Performances – Lorraine Gary isn’t the strongest in her role, she had been a weaker part of the previous films and making her the lead doesn’t work for the film. Lance Guest is a forgettable with his performance because we don’t see anything fresh. Michael Caine enjoyed his payday here.
Story – The story plays out like the shark is now following the family and hunting them down in an act of revenge, the family move to Barbados to escape, but it follow them. This is a low key story, that turns funny for the most part of the movie, it has the typical peril moments but never becomes the film you expect it to be.
Adventure/Horror – The adventure takes us to a new setting, which is fine, but the horror comes from sitting through the film.
Settings – The Barbados settings was popular for Michael Caine, it does just end up being more water related location which is all you need.
Special Effects – The effects are terrible and we even see the failure to remove the use of props for the shark.
Final Thoughts – This was a pointless sequel in an era where any movie that made money should only be made cheap so they can be funny bad, rather than big budget disaster.
Overall: Bad is being nice.