Saturday, June 21, 2008

Jaws and the Damage Done

Author: D.W. Dillon
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

"Jaws and the Damage Done"

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by Carl Gottlieb and John Milius
Music by John Williams
Produced by Steven Spielberg and Richard D. Zanuck

Principal Cast:

Roy Scheider - Martin Brody
Richard Dreyfuss - Matt Hooper
Casey Affleck - Petty Officer Quint
Lorraine Gary - Ellen Brody
Adrien Brody - Michael Brody
Joaquin Phoenix - Sheriff Deputy Sean Brody
Robert Shaw - Quint (Archive Footage)

Tagline: "Just when you felt it was ok to move on"

Synopsis: Set 15 years after the events in Jaws 2, the killer shark haunts the lives of it's killers in their dreams and in their psyche. Martin Brody, now retired police chief of Amity Island tries to shake the nightmares that constantly take over him and his life, even to a point where he's afraid of getting in the bath tub. His breakdown and ultimately his fateful heart attack change the lives of his youngest son Sean, and wife as their fear and hatred for the water becomes disturbing. Famed marine biologist Matt Hooper and apprentice Michael Brody try to uncover the mystery of The Bermuda Triangle. As their ship becomes lost at sea, and begins to leak, their past comes to haunt them as well and fear takes over. Mirrored in flashbacks of these events is the famous sinking of the U.S.S. Indianopolis where then timid petty officer Quint tries to fight off attacking sharks while watching his fellow crew members being eaten alive. The battle is over, but the damage is done.

What the press would say:

Spielberg's back and so is the shark! And once again, expect him to put the beaches and bathrooms out of business. This time the shark works, but don't expect to be oversaturated with attacks. He meshes the horror and pyschiological thriller well here. Instead of making a studio bloodfest, he dives deep into traumatic struggles his characters now face. Roy Scheider tops his underrated career with his best performance, after battling an illness and subpar movie choices, look for Scheider to capture our hearts and his own statue. Joaquin Phoenix's portrayel of the doting youngest son Sean is heartwarming, his bedside grief for his ailing father is what oscar moments are made of. Though one of the best on screen confrontations doesn't come with a shark but between two friends. When Dreyfuss' Hooper and Brody's Michael Brody begin to fight with eachother on a sinking ship, even though no sharks are a threat or in sight their fears take over and puts us on the edge of our seats. John Milius' takes over scriptwriting duties for the Quint story brilliantly, turning Quint's famous cocky and assured seasoned shark hunter into a fearful petty officer of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, showing you how he grew into the relentless man he would later become. Casey Affleck embarks on the most physical and demanding role taking on where Shaw left off, assuring him an oscar nod. John Williams tweaks his original Jaws theme at the perfect time. The minute Quint falls into the water and rises to the surface, he hits us hard with the terrifying notes. Finally, justice is brought to the Jaws franchise.

Best Picture
Best Director - Steven Spielberg
Best Actor - Roy Scheider
Best Actor - Richard Dreyfuss
Best Supporting Actor - Joaquin Phoenix
Best Supporting Actor - Casey Affleck
Best Original Screenplay - Carl Gottlieb & John Milius
Best Cinematography - Janusz Kaminski
Best Score - John Williams
Best Special Effects - John Frazier & John Dykstra
Best Editing

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