The Shallows is a movie that has no right to be good, having a shark in your horror movie is notoriously hard to pull off. With the exception of 1975’s Jaws, there’s arguably been no other movie in the genre that has been a success. But for the most part, The Shallows breaks the mould.
By Jay Hunter – Whilst not a Hollywood masterpiece by any means, The Shallows is probably the best shark outing since Spielberg’s classic.
Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground.
The largely one person performance seems to be a remerging trend of late, possibly due to the success of James Franco’s 127 Hours or Sandra Bullock’s Gravity. And for a lean 87 minutes, Lively does a good job of carrying the movie on her shoulders.
Not only does the gorgeous cinematography and slick visual effects keeps the movie from slipping into B-movie territory but there’s enough here to keep audiences on the edge of their seat. Whilst like many horror/thriller movies, The Shallows suffers from a slightly over the top third act, if you truly let yourself go to the premise it’s impossible not to have fun.