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Film Review of "Jaws"

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Jaws & Deep Blue Sea Film Review Running time: 124 minutes / 105 minutes Director: Stephen Spielberg / Renny Harlin Rating: Stephen Spielberg's film 'Jaws' is a classic summer blockbuster, with all the horror, thrills, suspense and special effects you would expect from such a film. Originally produced in 1975, 'Jaws' is an American thriller (based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name). It does not contain all the typical horror movie convictions like violence or gruesomeness; but who needs bloodlust when it's the subtle teasing out of that icy feeling which will send shivers up the spine of even the most hardened viewer. Spielberg certainly sets the bar for filmmaking as even till this day 'Jaws' is known as one of the rare films which not only grabs your attention, but will scare you to your wits end, like.... ...read more.


The film crew used a mechanical shark (bizarrely named 'Bruce') for the few scenes where the shark is present, but it is really Spielberg's ingenious use of the camera, to represent the eyes of the shark, which really gives us a sense of its existence. The film is set on Amity Island in the summer and with the fourth of July, American Independence day, coming up, the town focuses on the business side of things and gets ready for their busiest time of the year, when all the money comes in from tourists, However, when a girl's distorted body is washed ashore the next morning, Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) insists on closing the beach, but Amity Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) refuses to speculate, fearing that public knowledge of a shark attack would kill the local economy and no money would come in from the Forth of July. ...read more.


Apparently, 'Bruce' the mechanical shark was fermata/rest; he wasn't working quite as Spielberg had hoped but instead of delaying the film, Spielberg carried on and found new creative ways to show the shark - this was what really set the standard as no-one else had ever done something quite like it before. It was something new and exiting in the world of cinematography. Overall, the film 'Jaws' is exceptional containing all that you would want and need in such a movie. Is it any wonder it's a blockbuster hit? The high level of suspense is what I like the most about 'Jaws'; the fact that you don't see the shark till half way through the film. After watching 'Jaws' you may never want to swim at the beach again...and in my opinion, any movie that can do that must be good! A movie like Jaws deserves an overall rating of 4 stars! ...read more.

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