Jaws 3-D (1983)

The law of diminishing returns for sequels is ever-so apparent with the “Jaws” series. After the legendary original and its half-underwhelming, half-suspenseful sequel, we’re treated to this ridiculous excuse for a movie as a third entry. The basic premise – a giant Great White Shark getting trapped inside SeaWorld and running amok – is inventive and has plenty of potential, but director Joe Alves doesn’t know what to do with it. The movie’s primary focus seems to be highlighting its use of 3-D effects, and while some of them are cool, they’re mostly lame and the technique is overused to the point of distraction. With a tame rating and an overemphasis on tiresome human interactions, the movie is mostly toothless and repetitive, although the climax inside an underwater tourist structure has its moments.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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