By far, this is the most innovative of the whole series! I mean, come on! SEA WORLD! Terror at Sea World! You don't get any better than this, and I must say, the acting, the score, and the development, all written with intellect! I do not care what any one says, this film is a true piece of work. With the same type of opening, of a P.O.V. shot in the deep blue ocean, which was missed in Jaws 2, this one has a creepy feeling from the beginning. Admittingly, the first two films preceeding this have it beat in many areas, but not all! The very idea of not one, but TWO sharks in Sea World as <more>
its grand opening takes place...is just freaky! Special effects will suffer when viewed with out 3-D glasses, however, the film is still enjoyable to watch. Alan Parker povides the film with a new kind of shrieking score that makes the feel a little eerie as the original shark theme is put to the test, and brought to a new level of scary. What most call boring, is the intellectual discussions that the main characters speak of as they, being adults, must deal with the water crises in the most mature way they can. Different ideas of murder, explosions, and captivity are all the order of the evening as the exposition is revealed. Later, the film takes a plunge when hungry mamma is let out, and all hell breaks loose, literally. Not so much the scares, as the shocks, are what draws me to this film, and every minute is worth while. Never trust the ocean, it is always full of suprises, and in all the wrong ways. Yes, the 3rd demension is pure terror, and Jaws 3-D will not fail to serve audiences with a real bang and boom! 9/10
Underrated B-Movie Gem - Cult Classic - The best JAWS sequel by far! (by bigpapapumpct)
JAWS 3-D gets a lot of undeserved hate. The film isn't nearly as bad as most people seem to think it is. It's actually a fun and enjoyable piece of early 80s cinema. The score is great, mixing old themes with all new ones. It really fits the setting well. Most of the characters are likable, interesting, and just plain funny which adds to the enjoyment of the film and the story itself makes for a fine old- school monster movie. A lot of the underwater scenes are dark and grainy but that just goes to enhance the atmosphere and make it even more spooky. All of the actors play their <more>
parts well. Dennis Quaid is great as always. Lea Thomson, Louis Gossett Jr., John Putch, Simon MacCorkindale, and P. H. Moriarty all do a fine job. Bess Armstrong is probably the most annoying of the bunch but over time she's grown on me. I don't find her to be quite so bad anymore. Overall, nobody does a bad job. The first half of the film has the reputation of being boring because there is limited "shark action," but to me this is the best part. This is the period that sets the mood and allows us to get to know all of the characters and builds suspense toward the eventual encounter because we know the shark is trapped in the park. By the time the second half starts and the "shark action" really kicks into overdrive, everything has been established, the stakes have been raised, and it just makes it all the more interesting. A lot of the 3D effects look extremely corny, especially seeing them in 2D, but that just adds to the film's overall charm. Comparing it to today's slick, ultra-glossy, extremely fake looking CGI and I greatly prefer the old cheesy effects. At least they're unique and charming rather than lifeless and completely devoid of any emotion at all like CGI . But of all the film's complaints, the effects seem to be what gets the most scorn, and I believe that to be the main reason why the film has the reputation it does. Most people can't seem to get past the peculiar effects. The shark itself doesn't look amazing, but I definitely prefer it to the shark from either 2 or 4. But at the end of the day, I guess the bottom line for all the effects is if you're specifically looking to criticize the film for it, you'll definitely have plenty to work with. But if you're able to just sit back and enjoy the film for what it is and look past its superficial flaws, you'll have an extremely fun and enjoyable experience. The key is to watch this film on its own and not right after the original or any of the others. Let's face it, the original JAWS is not only the best film in the franchise, it's the greatest shark movie ever made and one of the best films period of all time. Most films aren't going to measure up. The second film isn't terrible but it's definitely a major step down from the first and can be quite boring to get through, especially on repeat viewings. The fourth movie Revenge is a notoriously bad facepalm-inducing catastrophe of epic proportions. It literally killed off the franchise and isn't worth talking about beyond that. As a whole though, 1, 2, and 4 seem to be the real trilogy of this franchise though I personally prefer it as 1, 2, 3 . As is though, JAWS 3-D is the outlier in look, feel, and setting, but boy is it better for it. It's far and away better and more interesting than either sequel, by a long shot. It isn't boring and it certainly isn't awful. You just have to see it for what it is.... a fun, cheesy, 80s monster movie with uniquely odd effects. If you give it a chance, it may grow on you.
Best Movie of the Series, No question (by badjabs25)
this movie is by far the best of the series. the cast, atmosphere and script are great. I used to watch this as a kid and still to this day this is the most enjoyable one to watch. I highly recommend you give it a try. Dennis Quiad is great, I love the tie in to Sea world and trying to bring a love great white to life inside the facility. trust me that this is the best one of the series. So many future stars are in this that it has to stand to good reason that this isn't a terrible movie. taking the killer shark out of Amity is something refreshing and new and unlike Jaws: The revenge <more>
Jaws 3 packs an actual punch. there are a few surprises in this movie that I wont give away but the switch up from fisherman and a police chief chasing a giant killer shark in the ocean is very refreshing. If you can get the 3-D version its even better but the plan ol' part 3 will do the trick. if you like sharks this is the movie for you. Jaws 3 delivers.
If you mention this movie to people, they will usually respond with negative comments. This is a terrible shame, as it absolutely rocks.The whole thing is set in Sea World, and is a great advertisement for it, although it's been re-jigged to fit the plot- Sea World is in fact landlocked, so, sadly, there is no chance of any monster sharks getting in and mingling with the public.Mike Brody- the elder son of the Brody family- is visited by his younger brother Sean as he works at the park with his marine biologist girlfriend. Mike seems strangely unaffected by his bad experiences with sharks <more>
in Jaws 1 & 2, and is played by Dennis Quaid. Honestly, I think they could at least have given the guys dark hair to match them a little closer to the previous actors, but hey hey. Dennis was probably all like "Don't mess with my highlights, man!" There are shark attacks, and they catch a convenient scapegoat scapeshark? shark with the help of Simon MacCorkindale's arrogant wildlife photographer. This shark dies in captivity, and its mum comes to wreak revenge on the park- which it does in spectacular fashion. Does Mr MacCorkindale survive until the end of the movie? Well, he speaks of the shark with disrespect. Underestimates it. What do you think?Sean Brody is lucky enough to meet slutty waterski dolly Lea Thompson, but unlucky enough to be attacked by the water monster the minute he is persuaded to get into a boat.The whole film looks great, and moves fast- and the shark effects are terrific- they use a lot of real shark footage, and realistic models. In fact, this film out of the 4 probably has the best-looking sharks.The 3-D effects would probably be great if you got to see them properly, but unless you're lucky enough to catch a special viewing of the 3-D version, you're left wondering why so many things seem to point suggestively into the camera, and marvelling at the strange baroque effect of non-3-D 3-D, if you see what I mean. Things float around looking weird and disembodied- totally disconnected from the rest of the scene. But it's not altogether a bad thing.For me, this is a beautiful and exciting film- it's like a 70's disaster movie made in the 80's.
One of my favorite top 5 films of all time!! (by tifftori-1)
This is one of my top 5 favorite films of all time!! Truly a poster child for the "so-bad-it's-good" genre. Yes, the shark is completely fake and ridiculous. The acting not so great either. The 3-D effects fall flat. But c'mon- it's harmless rainy afternoon kind of fun.Dennis Quaid is hot in this film. As is John Putch. WOOF! Bess Armstrong is beyond annoying. Then again she always is. This film introduced me to Lea Thompson one of my favorite actresses ever!! . Loved her ever since and have seen 99% of anything she has been in. "Some Kind of Wonderful" is <more>
another classic. Damn she was so fragile and beautiful in that film. You just want to protect her character from the crap around her.Jaws 3 has a female ski team, the co-ed ski team- all being attacked by the shark. Though very little chomping takes place. *SIGH* That was disappointing. They should have included a high body count in this one. Including a chomp on Louis Gossett Jr.'s character. Hated him. I love the original movie poster. Which I got from ebay. The covers for the DVD releases of 2 - 4 suck.Even though the real fun doesn't start until the moment that "some shark's mutha!!" starts attacking Sea World "above and below the surface of the water"- I will love this film forever!!
What Is Wrong With You People? (by TheNextTarentino)
I don't get why people don't like this. People moan when sequels just re-invent the original, and they moan when they do something original! Film makers can't win! Most people said "I can't believe i sat through this". Then why the hell did you? If you are one of those people who sit there and say, "This wouldn't happen" "That wouldn't happen". Just turn the damn thing off and watch something else! This film works in so many ways, it distances it's self from the original further than the second one did. However, this is the worst of <more>
the quadrilology, only because it lacks the original characters, Chief Brody and his wife Ellen. This now focuses on the children, Mike and Sean. This is part of the problem though, if they had left the Brody family alone for this one, it would be a lot more successful.Don't forget.....IT'S ONLY A MOVIE!
Yes, i give this a 8 out of 10 points because i like it. I liked it back in 83/84 and still like it today, thats a good thing. To me, the jaw is more scary in this third part then in the first part for example. You can nicely see his body and its just scary to see how big he is. The plot is also very interesting, about a water park that opens his doors for the first time with some nice people working their that gives the movie a lot of fun times to watch. No stupid characters and some moments are really good like when the shark attacks some of the underwater parts of the park or when the <more>
dolphins helps the people fight the jaw. Very nice movie.
The better of the Jaws sequels. (by OllieSuave-007)
This is Jaws' second sequel, which I think is the best of the three following the original movie. The sons of Roy Scheider's Chief Brody character, Mike and Sean, take center stage. Mike and girlfriend Kathryn Morgan are marine biologists at a Seaworld theme park. They discover a baby shark, which happened to be trapped inside the park, and later perishes. To their surprise, the scientists also discover that its 35-foot mother, a huge Great-White shark, is also trapped inside and is hungry; therefore, they try to evacuate Seaworld before any casualties strike.The special effects were <more>
bit of a downgrade from the first two movies, with the shark's execution being less realistic and horrific; in some scenes, you could hear the animatronics and machinery that the crew used to operate the animal. Alan Parker did a fine job on the music score, I think, and also incorporated John Williams' famous shark theme.While this film was pretty much slammed by many critics and viewers, even garnering several Razzie Award nominations, I actually thought the movie was exciting and more fun to watch than Jaws II. Having the setting inside a water theme park rather than the usual beaches in a small town is a neat idea, and seeing the Seaworld workers reacting to the idea that a huge Great White is inside the park, where thousands of visitors are, and trying desperately to find a plan to evacuate the park and capture the shark is suspenseful. The acting is descent and plot is fast-paced. Director Joe Alves did a pretty good job making the movie.There are more surprises and thrilling moments, I think, than in the previous movie. My favorite scene is the part where the Great White swims toward the viewing glass from the park's control room, puncturing the glass, letting water rush in and sending every person inside swimming for their lives.Overall, Jaws III doesn't match the original film in fright and shock value, but is what I think the better of the three sequels.Grade B
I have to come to the rescue of this movie and save it from all the vultures that are tearing it apart on this internet site and say that I really liked this movie. Although not as effective as the first two, it does still deliver. -*** stars