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The Shallows - Film Review

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by Rhys Annetts (subscribe)
Published August 22nd 2016


The waves are crashing and the sun is blazing; surfing is perfect for a day like today. "The Shallows", starring Blake Lively as "Nancy" (Accepted, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood Of Travelling Pants) and Óscar Jaenada as "Carlos" (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Losers) is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (House Of Wax, Unknown, Goal II : Living The Dream).

This suspenseful thriller gives the audience a fright, a laugh, a sentimental moment or even a good action-packed moment - it does not disappoint.

Nancy (Lively) wants to get away from everything. Needing a break to re-connect with her mother, she sets off to her mother's favourite beach. Looking at photographs and telling her story to the local man who is kind enough to give her a ride to this beach, we learn that she doesn't even know the name of the beach, and yet no one will tell her. Finally, she arrives at a beautiful peaceful spot to reminisce and think, but better yet surf!

Upon meeting two locals she is quickly told about sharp and painful coral and seafloor. Nancy has a great day and decides to stay out longer than the locals but she is quickly attacked by a great white. Within this horrific experience, she is trapped about 200 metres away from shore, with a cut on her leg and a rock that will submerge in high-tide within hours. The shock of the ordeal will leave you so drawn into the movie that you think you are there.

The Shallows. being a stand out shark film like its predecessors (Jaws 19, Deep Blue Sea 19), has the audience drawn in within 10 minutes. Lively's performance is uplifting and excellent. This action will leave you with goosebumps.

This is a great film and should be viewed by all. We have had a lot of terrible sharks films in the recent years but this is not one of them. 5/5 Star Rating.
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