Brilliantly written by Anthony Jaswinski, (Vanishing on 7th Street), and skillfully directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, (Orphan), this is a story of courage, compassion, survival and showing the importance of skills learned in the classroom being used in the "real world".
The film follows the story of a beautiful surfer girl named Nancy (Blake Lively, who impressively did some of her own stunts in the surf), who, after suffering the loss of her mother to cancer, is rethinking her life and taking time away from her medical studies to travel the world and just get lost in it all. She soon finds herself in Mexico, searching for a seemingly unnamed beach, with only an old photo of her mother at that beach as a reference.
Nancy's travelling companion stays behind at the hotel with the "Irish flu", so she heads off alone in order to visit her mother's paradise beach, which is even more perfect than she could have ever imagined. But paradise isn't always what it seems on the surface!
This film features some incredibly detailed special effects, from a disturbingly hyper-realistic shark bite, through to the beautiful rainbow effect of an oil slick running from a rotting whale carcass, which has clearly been thoroughly researched and reconstructed with absolute talent and precision. Even the design of the shark, which took thousands of hours to create, is a work of art in itself!
The star of the film, Blake Lively (The Age of Adaline and Gossip Girls) gives an incredible and absolutely believable performance as Nancy, who starts off as a seemingly naive young lady, to being a bodacious surfer, to becoming a master of survival.
Despite having a body double for many of the more difficult maneuvers, Blake still did some of her own stunts, including one scene, during her showdown with the shark, where she is on a buoy. If you watch closely, you will notice her smack her nose against the metal and begin to bleed, this was not in the scripted and that really was her own blood!
Blake even had the creativity to give the character of her seagull co-star the name of Steven Seagull, who absolutely steals the film!
While even in the credits, he is given the name "Sully", his actual name is plainly seagull, who, in real life, only has one wing and lives at Cecil's Bird Rescue, in Adelaide and you can help him and all his feathered friends by donating here.
Mermaid Soxie posing at the wave Photo Booth at Reading Cinema's Belmont's Fright Fright Night preview Screening of The Shallows
As a huge fan of the Eco horror genre, I have to say that this is one of the best killer shark movies that I have seen since the original Jaws. Through its wonderful use of suspense and a combination of both classic and modern horror moments, The Shallows really has something for everyone!
The Shallows is rated M for mature audiences, for a sense of peril, bloody injury detail and coarse language.