Almost 30 years after its release, JAWS continues to spawn rip-offs like this run-of-the-mill adrenalin-pumper. Neither the best nor the worst of the feeding-machine chillers, it features cliched villains, snappily directed fishie attacks and altogether too many shark autopsies. After marine biologist Marc De Santis (Cordell McQueen) gets eaten by a Great White in Africa, his former colleague Steven McKay (Casper Van Dien) becomes curious about Marc's "accident." Flying from America, Steven ponders the fact that Marc's unexpected demise coincides with his report man-eating fish attacks occurring near the shore. And though local hotelier Lawrence Rhodes (Ernie Hudson) cries crocodile tears about declining tourism in the wake of these attacks, his concerns seem, well, fishy. Marc's sister, Corine (Jennifer McShayne), insists on diving for answers, while Miles (Craven (Bentley Mitchum) Marc and Steven's former research partner gets suspiciously quiet about his cancer experiments with shark hormones and his working relationship with Rhodes. Steven and Corine try to thwart Rhodes's hired thugs, as he buys up property at cheap rates for resale to a petroleum company. But why doesn't Rhodes care whether Miles's genetic mischief which he's bankrolling pays off? This scenic monster picture is actually more entertaining than the similar and more lavishly budgeted DEEP BLUE SEA, but that's not saying much. The overall cartoonish execution makes it hard to take the mayhem seriously, and it would be more interesting if Rhodes's motives weren't so apparent from the get-go and the running time weren't padded with so much narrative flotsam and jetsam. And all these years later, it's still a thrill when those fins emerge from the surface foam.
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- Released: 1999
- Rating: R
- Review: Almost 30 years after its release, JAWS continues to spawn rip-offs like this run-of-the-mill adrenalin-pumper. Neither the best nor the worst of the feeding-machine chillers, it features cliched villains, snappily directed fishie attacks and altogether to… (more)