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The Shallows

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Jaume Collet-Serra
  • 82 mins
  • 15

Summary

Thriller starring Blake Lively. An emotional journey to her late mother's favourite beach turns into a nightmare for a young woman when she becomes stranded on a rocky outcrop after being attacked by a great white shark that isn't going to give up on its prey.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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-off. 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.

Credits

Cast

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NancyBlake Lively
CarlosOscar Jaenada
ChloeSedona Legge
FatherBrett Cullen
MomJanelle Bailey
Young NancyAva Dean
Young MomChelsea Moody

Crew

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DirectorJaume Collet-Serra

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony Pictures
Released on
2016-08-12
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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