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Hard to Port! Port to Sherry! Hehe nautical and alcohol humor for you all. Okay moving in to the depths of the Florida Key lurks danger in the waters. Grab your floaties and your beer. This is Mako: Jaws of Death.
Spoilers off the bow sir!
William Grefe (director/writer of Stanley, The Devil’s Sisters, The Hooked Generation and Death Curse of Tartu) creates a wild story about a man named Sonny Stein (Richard Jaeckel of The Gunfighter, The Dirty Dozen, Chisum and Spencer for Hire) having a telepathic link with sharks of all things. He hones his connection with sharks through a talisman give to him by the local shaman. A flashback sequence actually goes into detail how he developed his powers as well as met the shaman that bestowed the talisman to him. Afterwards he make map out the City of the Dead with his medallion but Indy will probably beat him to the punch. He aspired to be a conservationist and is a bit of a recluse from his fellow bipeds when a wife of a wealthy industrialist (Jennifer Bishop of Blood of Dracula’s Castle, Bigfoot, Outlaw Riders, House of Terror and Impulse) seduces Sonny and pulls the wool over his eyes to get him to lead some of his favorite finned folk in to be used as research and some sort of underwater ballet. Feeling he had not only been duped but his friends that trusted him are now in jeopardy, he summons the sharks to destroy their oppressors.
The odd thing about this is the title or should I say A.K.A. titles. If we go by Mako: Jaws of Death I didn’t see any makos at all. Young tiger sharks a plenty but heck production love rewriting titles. I was actually impressed that this film got cranked out as quickly as it did a minor year later after Jaws was released into the big screen. I have to admit Jaeckel’s performance really came out on separating himself from humanity. All the evils and betrayals that occurs you really get that and you start rooting for him and his sharks.
So I watched this on a streaming site. I double checked with Netflix and they didn’t have it so I had to hunt for it. All these underwater scenes those are real stuntmen in with the sharks in those waters. I admit I was a wee bit bothered for the stuntmen. You got the vibe the sharks were getting irked and out and out annoyed with the whole crew around them and then the next minute they seem as docile as a baby lamb. Now that could be quick and clever editing but that is not the feeling I got from it. Personally I feel like any good predator the sharks just let their human co-stars be lulled in a false sense of security. The downside being, if in fact there were no prop sharks were used then some of them were indeed harmed. From bangsticks so you can imagine I wasn’t exactly thrilled to watch what boils down to animal torture in my book. So I have mixed feelings on this. Decent film but I was conflicted on the shark attack by the monster that is man.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older