I’m going to start my blog with one of the best films of the summer, ‘The Shallows’. The Shallows stars Blake Lively as Nancy, who while surfing on a secluded beach late in the afternoon finds herself in the middle of a great whites hunting ground, and after finding safety on a set of rocks a far swim from shore, has only hours to find her way off before the tide rises and her shelter is overtaken by water.
Its been a long time since a film has scared people away from the beach the way Jaws did. And after several Jaws remakes and the horror that was Sharknado, we finally found one. This movie will have you on the edge of your seat from the moment Nancy enters the water to the very end. I actually had to sit in my car for a few minutes before I could drive home because my heart was beating so fast. The movie is paced incredibly well, and is a solid ninety or so minute film that never feels like it is dragging. The scenery in the film is gorgeous, with the stunning shots of the beach almost making you forget that it is also a hunting ground. Almost.
The best aspect of the movie however, has to be Lively’s performance. After learning that she used the same acting coach as her husband Ryan Reynolds did for ‘Buried’ another great film that is carried entirely by one actor, I was very intrigued to see this, and Lively did not disappoint. There is one scene in particular were you don’t actually see what her character is looking at but rather are given hints of just how horrifying it is based only on Lively’s facial expression.
My only issue with the film was the look of the shark towards the end of the movie. There were times when the sharks behavior made it seem a little bit like b-rated horror flick. Aside from that however, the shark still manages to be terrifying every time you do get a glimpse of it.
Overall this film is an absolute thrill ride that keeps you guessing until the very end, with a likeable character that you want to root for, as well as incredible shots that make you both want to go to the beach, as well as never step foot in the water ever again.