Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The beach town of Amity is preparing for a busy and profitable summer. Unfortunately, a series of shark attacks threatens the safety of inhabitants and vacationers alike. The chief of police and mayor disagree about whether to close the beaches, which leads to more attacks. Unwilling to keep losing revenue, the town eventually agrees to hire someone to hunt down the killer.
Such a satisfying movie, I hadn't ever seen the whole thing before. Loved the acting, loved the shots of Martha's Vineyard in the seventies, loved the epic ocean battle with the shark. I'm pretty sure if I had seen this in the theater as a kid, I would have been too afraid to go in the ocean for years. Others have written about how you don't see much of the shark at all, but I hadn't realized you don't see as much as a fin for that first hour, and the film is no less suspenseful and scary for that restraint.