Maybe it takes time to mix the formula, but this is tons better entertainment than the original. Dwight Little has understood the visual appeal of these black-and-white killer whales in open, chromium sea and cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs has done them proud. Last time, the threat to Willy was continued imprisonment in the aquarium, but here, more excitingly, it's an oil slick down the blowhole, plus an oil explosion at sea, and another threat of imprisonment in the aquarium to make up the weight. Disturbed teenager Jesse (Richter) is issued with an even more disturbed younger half-brother Elvis, who lies all the time, but they make common cause on the plight of the whale. Their foster father (Madsen) has reconciled himself to the role, and Randolph the Native American (Schellenberg) gets to mix some magic herbs and chant healingly over the waters.