Writer: Anthony Jaswinski (Screenplay)
Starring: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge
Plot: A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Tense Shark Attack Movie
Story: The Shallows starts as we follow American tourist Nancy (Lively) who goes out alone for a day of surfing in what is beautiful coastal resort of Mexico. The holiday is for Nancy to recover in her own way over her mother’s death, Nancy is taking a small break from her medical school studies to figure out her own future much to her father’s (Cullen) concern.
Going out for one final wave Nancy finds the corpse of a whale drawing the attention of other sea life including a great white shark which attacks her, leaving a nasty bite mark up her leg. Nancy finds herself stranded close to shore but too far away to make it to safety.
Thoughts on The Shallows
Characters/Performance – Nancy is a tourist giving up time from her studies to experience the world after her mother’s death. She is a surfer at heart and this puts her into the position of needing to fight to survive once she gets attacked by a great white shark, sure it helps that he is studying medicine because she can ease her injuries.
Story – The story here is very simple, it is one woman trying to survive after a shark attack with nowhere to swim, it is all simple and effective for the story telling process.
Horror/Thriller – The horror is great because it puts us into a real-life situation of a surfer getting attacked by a shark and we are kept on edge through the whole film.
Settings – The setting is also simple and works for the film, a small isolated location for our leading character who needs to fight for her life.
Special Effects – The effects when it comes to looking at the shark look fantastic and you would be left question if this was even a real or CGI shark throughout.
Final Thoughts –This is a film that shows just how simple you can make a movie making process, you need to create a simple idea of being stranded with a deadly threat that can keep us on edge throughout.
Overall: A Must watch shark attack movie.