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Jaws 3D Wasted Its Multiple Sharks Concept (But The Meg Did It Better)

The big twist of Jaws 3D was that it actually featured two sharks, but here's why the sequel wasted this concept and how The Meg did something fun with it. The original Jaws was the first major summer blockbuster, so much so that it received a sequel in 1978, which was a relative rarity for even hit movies at the time. Jaws 2 also suffered through a rough production, which included the original director being fired and a month of filming being scrapped when a new helmer was brought on. Chief Brody star Roy Scheider - who didn't particularly want to make a follow-up in the first place - ruled out ever returning for another sequel.

Jaws 3 famously almost became a wacky parody movie, until the studio became concerned about the approach and ordered a more straightforward sequel. The resulting Jaws 3D - which took advantage of a short-lived revival of the 3D format - took place in an aquatic park in Flordia, where the Brody brothers inexplicably have to deal with the arrival of yet another great white shark. While the film was a success, it received roundly terrible reviews for its poor effects and boring storyline.

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One of the big reveals of Jaws 3D is that the great white Mike Brody (Dennis Quaid) and his team capture in the park during the first half is only a baby. When it dies in captivity, its enormous 35-foot mother - the largest shark of the franchise - appears and wreaks havoc and this time the boys don't even have Chief Brody for help. The trouble with this potentially interesting concept is the sequel doesn't do much with it. There's remarkably little action or tension in the first half, so the reveal of the mother shark has little impact. 2018's The Meg took a similiar surprise and had some fun with it.

The Meg cast Jason Statham as a rescue diver tasked with taking down a resurfaced megalodon that emerges from the Mariana Trench. Like Jaws 3D, the first half follows Statham and his team as they chase the shark, which after some dramatic attacks, is killed. That's when the movie reveals an even bigger Meg is also on the loose, and while the movie is an overall goofy mess, it at least is much more playful with this central reveal.

In contrast, the infamous Jaws 3D does nothing with the concept and would have benefitted from the approach The Meg took. Had it cranked up the danger of the hunt for the "baby" shark or had it attack some guests before it was captured, its demise and the subsequent arrival of its angry mother would have had made for a more dramatic finale. While Jaws: The Revenge is often considered the worst of the series, Jaws 3D took a bunch of potentially creative ideas - including its setting and the idea of multiple sharks - and wasted them.

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