The Shallows
Overall 6

The Shallows Let me begin by saying that I am a “Shark Week” aficionado. I have been watching Shark Week since it’s inception and have not missed one since, so it was only obvious that I would be screening The Shallows during Shark Week. The Shallows is not a horror film as advanced publicity is ..

Summary 6.0 good

The Shallows

The Shallows

Let me begin by saying that I am a “Shark Week” aficionado. I have been watching Shark Week since it’s inception and have not missed one since, so it was only obvious that I would be screening The Shallows during Shark Week.

The Shallows is not a horror film as advanced publicity is selling it as, or a modern version “Jaws”. No, this film is more of a survivor thriller/surfer film. It’s woman versus nature, or in this case with nature being represented most of the time by a great white the size of a Yacht.

Nancy (Blake Lively) is an American medical student and surfer who becomes injured by the beast when she stumbles into it’s feeding while surfing a nameless beach in Mexico that used to be a favorite of her mother, who recently died of cancer. Now, the first twenty minutes of the film is nothing more than Nancy using her phone to message her friend who has left her hanging to keep partying. The story of her mother is also told through super imposed images of her phone as she goes over old photos of her family and face times with her little sister and father. The rest are shots of Lively swimming against the current (a theme though out the film) and slow motion under water shots of her in a tiny bikini. She comes across two other Mexican male surfers who tell her the dangers of the lagoon. Now here is where the holes begin…after the surfers leave they failed to mention the gigantic humpback carcass floating only yards from the beach although they had been surfing there all day, Nancy is attacked by the shark because she stumbled into its feeding ground. The rest of the film is survival and problem solving by a female who refuses to give up and a strong will to live.

Lively is superb in this film, giving a hyper focused performance and drawing the audience and making it a one-woman show. There are a few supporting acts…but most end up as shark bait. Although Lively did most of her own surfing, you can tell when the double filled in for the more dangerous curls.

The Shallows tries to hard to become a dramatic thriller and never realizes how little it needs to get its point across. It had potential to be a more powerful film, and perhaps in the same genre as Cast Away and perhaps even Jaws. The scenery is beautiful and some of the underwater camera work is a thing of beauty but with its lack of storytelling, director Jaume Collet-Serra tries to over dramatize a film that was perhaps wrongly advertised. Packed with action and skimpy wardrobe, in the end The Shallows feels like a surf film with a shark in it.

6/10

By Hiram Trillo

Columbia Pictures

Runnig time 87 min.

Rated pg-13

Related posts

Pet Semetary

Pet Semetary

  Here we go! After the giant success of the updated adaptation of another Stephen King great IT we get a look at another. Can lighting strike twice? can this also a great remake? Simply...yes. Pet Sematary is a solid remake of the horror classic. Fans of the novel and the original 80’s...

Solo

Solo

SOLO I’m just going to say it…they should have waited to make SOLO. If anything else, by the end of the film you’ll know how Han made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs…along with every other cliché he smirked through all past films. But see that is the problem, there is very little...

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place

As a lover of "The Office", let me begin by saying..."JIM made that???" Yes John's Krasinszki's directorial debut is off with a bang. Although he has a couple of films under his belt, this is by far the one that puts him on the honor list. The kinds of horror films that impact me the most...

Leave a comment