The Shallows (2016)


“[timing the shark’s swimming] I’ve got you.” – Nancy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A medical student travels to a secluded beach in order to go surfing, yet a dangerous shark keeps her trapped from getting safely back to shore.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of minimalists movies and this was one that really caught me by surprise as to how good it was.

Blake Lively does an amazing job holding this film together all by herself and proves how great and actress she can be even when she must do it al by herself.

The camera shots help make us really feel the fear that surrounds this characters as she slowly begins to comprehend her plight.

The choice to use music and other technical cues to add to the suspense helps immensely in creating an atmosphere where we can easily understand the deserted feel that this character has since she is trapped all alone.

The film doesn’t show the shark very much and that also helps enhance the danger and thrills of this film.

Love the way that we are never quite sure how this will end and how it keeps things very open ended in order to make things so unpredictable the whole way through.

The realism of the film is great and that also adds so much to the way things unfold.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Much of the film was shot in a tank with bluescreens for effects, still Director Jaume Collet-Serra wanted to avoid the “more stylized look” of similar films using the set-up and estimated that 10% of the film was shot on location in order to “trick” the audience into believing the setting was real. He explains “every scene has one shot that is real and the other 99% is not-but the one real shot tricks you”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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