From the moment the titular beast kills a Great White, there’s little doubt which film producer Dino De Laurentiis has in his sights.
Clearly, the result is no Jaws, but this unlikely whale tale, charting Orca’s psychological duel with fisherman Richard Harris, has pleasures of its own as a trashy update of Moby Dick. For such a shameless knock-off, Michael Anderson directs with pace, solidity and remarkable seriousness.
It’s all the more entertaining for the disconnect between its artistic aspirations (notably Harris’ full-blooded thesping) and the ludicrously kitsch sight of the vengeful predator leaping in delight as it blows up a power station.
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