Amity Island is a small quiet community whose lively hood relies on their beaches being filled to the brim during the summer. This summer starts off just like every other until Sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) discovers the remains of a shark attack victim. He immediately recommends that they close the beaches but that doesn’t sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) and the local businessmen. So the beaches remain open and that weekend a young boy is killed by the unknown shark. When the dead boy’s mother puts out a bounty on the shark the quiet town is soon swimming with shark hunters and fishermen hoping to earn the cash reward. After a small shark is caught by one lucky fisherman the mayor re-opens the beaches for their biggest celebration of the summer. But Sheriff Brody and Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) an oceanographer who specializes in sharks don’t think they caught the right shark. So they set out with the help of one local fisherman, Quint (Robert Shaw) to hunt down the Great White Shark. When they come face to face with their prey they realize a bit late that they are in for more than they bargained for. Also starring Lorraine Gary, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Kramer, Jonathan Filley, Ted Grossman, Chris Rebello, Jay Mello, Lee Fierro, Jeffrey Voorhees, Craig Kingbury.
Directed by the renowned Steven Spielberg (Lincoln, War Horse, Jurassic Park), Jaws comes in at #56 on the AFI Top 100. One of the best action thrillers of all time, Jaws puts fear in the hearts of anyone who watches it. There are many aspects to the film that make you cringe because it is so realistic and hits so close to home. Aside from that the music definitely adds to the atmosphere. There isn’t a soul out there who isn’t familiar with the haunting tones that announce the arrival of the Jaws, that great white that strikes fear into you. The years don’t age this movie which makes it all the better. No matter how far in the future Jaws will always be a technological marvel of a movie that simple nature is more powerful than any of the complex films of our modern-day hollywood.
10/10 Stars – Creepy, exciting and amazing all in one long-held breath!
Many movies have influenced and shaped my movie watching experience throughout my life, but nothing has been more influential than Jaws. Although I don’t have Jaws as my all time favorite movie (that award goes to Die Hard), I do have it on my personal top 100 list. When I was a young kid around 8, I checked out Jaws from the public library. I thought to myself, I love sharks and it’s PG, can’t be too bad. Boy was I wrong! For those of you who have seen Jaws, you know that it wouldn’t be rated PG today. It would be a strong PG-13 and no 8-year-old should see it. Well after the opening scene, I was so shocked after that girl gets killed that I couldn’t watch anymore. However, I had to make sure the shark was dead so I watched it all in fast-forward (this is when VHS was around) and was mesmerized when I saw what happens at the end. The fact that Jaws could tell such a story in a gripping and wonderous way kept me wanting to see out new movies that could stir emotions, and to this day, I’m writing in my movie blog about Jaws BECAUSE of Jaws. Speaking about the movie itself, Jaws is both thrilling and suspenseful with plenty of chills to keep the audience entertained. Steven Spielberg became one of my favorite directors because of Jaws (and another highly influential film Jurassic Park), and many of his films as my favorites list. If you are one of the few people in this world who hasn’t seen Jaws, what are you waiting for??
10/10 Stars – Suspenseful, exciting and thrilling. Entertaining in every way!
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