I was not convinced about The Shallows from the marketing. In fact, I thought it would be absolutely ridiculous. However, The Shallows was getting positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes so I decided I had to see it. I give The Shallows the Decent Watch rating.
The Shallows brings the suspense.
Nancy (Blake Lively) is at a beach where her mother once visited while pregnant with her. Then, a mere 200 yards from shore, Nancy is attacked by a great white shark while surfing. She ends up on a rocky island with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.
The film does a good job of building suspense. Nancy is likable enough to care about her well being. The story is definitely focused on survival. It reminds me of Gravity except it’s a giant shark instead of the emptiness of space.The film has some interesting exposition through a video chat and texts. It’s becoming more commonplace to see a graphic on screen rather than the device it is on. However, I wasn’t really satisfied with the way The Shallows concluded.
The cinematography is gorgeous as the camera moves in and out of the waves tracking Nancy on her surfboard. This is probably the best surf movie I’ve seen since Surfs Up. Director Jaume Collet-Serra does a good job with pacing and really showing the beauty of the scene. However, the film still feels a bit cheesy at times.
It wasn’t a bad time at the movies, but I don’t think I’d enjoy it a second time. It’s definitely an enjoyable time at the movies. I could see the cheesy parts of the film being liked by some. It just didn’t work for me at time. However, Blake Lively does give a solid performance and manages to carry the film.