In the taut thriller, 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.


What We Thought:

I had heard some surprisingly good things about The Shallows. I was supposed to see it at the theater, but traffic caused me to miss it. Watching it now, I can see why people liked it.

Blake Lively is the whole show in the movie. I never thought she was a bad actress or anything, but I never really thought she could carry a movie on her own. She proved me wrong. Sure she’s drop dead gorgeous and easy to watch for 90 minutes, but she shows her acting chops in this. She’s pretty much acting opposite herself, a seagull and a fake shark for most of the movie yet you watch her and she never loses your attention.

It’s pretty easy to throw her into a bathing suit, do some close-ups of body parts and call it a day, but without coming across as sexist, It actually makes sense in this. Blake is quite fit and looks good on camera, but she comes across as athletic and healthy in the film. You need good legs and a strong core to surf. She looks like an athlete or at least how a surfer should look. She just happens to be stunning on top of that.

Plus you do have to focus on parts because of where the shark bites her and where she injures herself on rocks, a buoy, etc. Her body is actually a character in the film. It’s that bite that makes it difficult for her to swim. It’s that bite that bleeds that keeps the shark’s attention.

I will say I didn’t love the shark. Obviously you can’t throw Blake Lively into the water with a real shark, but there are times, like jumping out of the water, that the CG just didn’t work for me. I’m not a CG effect guy in the first place though. It’s not laughable like a Sharknado or 3 Headed Shark Attack, but when everything else around it looks fantastic, that stands out.

The Blu-ray looks breathtaking though. The beach, the ocean, the backdrop look gorgeous in HD. As does Miss Lively. Audio has easy to hear dialogue and score. Plus the Blu-ray features deleted scenes and 4 featurettes as bonus features.

The Shallows is a pretty solid flick. Lively shows she can handle a film on her own and you’re never bored with it. I see why it did pretty well at the box office. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

Bonus Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Shooting in The Shallows”
  • “How to Build a Shark”
  • “Finding The Perfect Beach: Lord Howe Island”
  • “When Sharks Attack”

Cast & Crew:

  • Blake Lively
  • Brett Cullen

Recommended If You Like:

  • Jaws
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • Blake Lively

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