The Shallows

The Shallows

Jaume Collet-Serra (2016)

15 Certificate
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Our Score
A cleverly constructed guilty pleasure for aquaphobes, this fun B-movie follows the Jaws handbook to the letter, but it adds enough potent scares of its own to fend off being labelled as a lazy Spielberg rip-off. Blake Lively is adequate as the medical school dropout on a sentimental surfing journey to her late mother's favourite Mexican beach when, in a secluded cove, she's attacked by a great white shark and ping-pongs between a rotting whale carcass, a rock island and a buoy in an effort to prevent herself being eaten. Horror specialist Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown) knows his genre stuff and layers this basic girl-in-bikini v monster premise with shrewd tension and submerged suspense, finding inspired new ways to terrorise. He employs unnervingly picturesque cinematography, a corridor of stinging jellyfish, blistering fire coral, a head-mounted camera and, best of all, the shark's ominous silhouette in the waves.


Medical student Nancy Adams' plan to honour her late mother puts her face to face with a massive, man-eating shark. Survival horror, starring Blake Lively and Oscar Jaenada.

Cast & Crew

Nancy Blake Lively
Father Brett Cullen
Carlos Oscar Jaenada
Chloe Sedona Legge
Mom Janelle Bailey
Young Nancy Ava Dean
Young Mom Chelsea Moody
Seagull Sully "Steven" Seagall
Director Jaume Collet-Serra
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Aug 2016
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