It starts out well enough. There's some of the suspense of the original as two scientists working for an aquarium in Florida go searching for the gillman in his lagoon. They eventually capture the creature and bring him to the aquarium where they study his biochemistry and try to condition him to make him more controllable. At this point, the movie shifts focus to the male and female leads and their developing romance. This whole portion of the movie is interminable; the kids sat through it well enough but I wanted nothing more than for the gillman to escape and start wreaking havoc. I'd like to point out that the original also showed a budding relationship, but it evenly balanced that with gillman-related action. The only useful part of this whole sequence is the discovery that the gillman is physically more similar to humans than to fish.
Eventually the gillman does escape and 1950s-style violence ensues. Unfortunately, the movie places the lone gillman among civilization, where he is at a distinct disadvantage. This reduces the menace that the gillman poses and kills the suspense.
|Yes, the gillman has been reduced to a|
supporting character in his own movie.
Unfortunately, this movie also reduces the gillman to a supporting character. Most of the plot is spent on the surgeon, who is shown to be abusive and possessive of his wife, and his decaying marriage. Of only two(!) killings in this monster movie, one of them is perpetrated by the surgeon. While this movie has a more interesting plot than its immediate predecessor, it lacks suspense or excitement. The gillman has only a few ineffective rampages and spends most of its time in bandages or trying to get used to its new surroundings. The movie's primary success is in making the gillman a sympathetic character; now that its gills are gone, it can no longer survive in the only home it has ever known.
|He may be even uglier now that he's more human.|