The Shallows

The Shallows

Jaume Collet-Serra (2016)

82min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This cleverly constructed B-movie follows the Jaws handbook to the letter, while adding potent scares of its own to fend off being labelled as a lazy Spielberg rip-of. Medical school drop-out Nancy (Blake Lively) is on a surfing journey to her late mother's favourite beach when she's attacked by a great white shark. Jaume Collet-Serra directs with a shrewd sense of tension, finding inspired new ways to terrorise, as Nancy ping-pongs between a rotting whale carcass, a rock island and a buoy to avoid being eaten. The unnervingly pretty cinematography highlights some great images: a corridor of jellyfish, blistering fire coral and, best of all, the shark's ominous silhouette in the waves.

Summary

A surfer strays into the hunting territory of a great white shark, and finds herself stranded on a tiny island a mere 200 yards from the shore. With the deadly aquatic predator between her and the beach and her safe haven slowly disappearing as the tide comes in, she faces a life or death struggle to get safely back to dry land. Thriller, starring Blake Lively and Oscar Jaenada.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Aug 2016
Drama