The Shallows Film Review

Film Review by Cam Eagle

The Premise
In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.

The Review
When a beautiful paradise turns out to be eerily something other than what it seems, a young beautiful medical student must use all her faculties to survive.

Blake Lively is brilliant in this visually stunning survival horror with a twist in the tail. Having to carry this movie, Blake aptly takes the viewer on a journey during this shark thriller with a unique blend of visuals including doco-style film and found footage elements. A simple premise delivered well; a surfer’s dream turns into her worst nightmare, and Nancy finds herself stranded with an injured seagull as her only companion.

Spectacular cinematography and gorgeous underwater shots fill this thriller with class and prestige.

The Shallows could be a tourist video instructing newcomers not to swim in a certain beach, as no one could watch it and not be moved to think twice whenever swimming at a beach again.

Comparing this movie to the Jaws franchise doesn’t do justice to The Shallows and a better comparison would be “Castaway” (with more action) meets “Unbroken” (with less despair) meets “Scream" (with less people).

I liked the 2016 use of technology from smart phone capabilities to digital watch mechanics to Go Pro camera functionalities.

The graphic content is not gratuitous, i.e. there is an appropriate level of gore.

The Verdict
Thrillingly holding my attention, this clever story with amazing footage and savvy technology, The Shallows is the best shark movie I’ve ever seen.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 18th August 2016
Rating: TBC
Duration: 86 minutes 
Genre:  Horror Thriller
Starring: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Angelo Jose
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop)

The Extras
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2014 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.

The movie was shot in part off the Gold Coast of Australia. Other filming commenced in a giant swimming pool.

The movie was originally titled "In the Deep."

Louis Leterrier was originally set to direct but exited the film, due to creative differences and the reduction of previously told budget.

This movie marked Blake Lively's second star (not co-starring) billing. The Age of Adaline (2015) was the first.

Nancy's nickname for the seagull is Steven Seagull, which is, of course, a clever pun on actor Steven Segal.