Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Shallows

Plot: Nancy (Blake Lively) goes to a Mexican beach that her now dead mother visited. She has fun surfing, when a super-giant shark attacks. Injured, she is stranded on a little rock with the tide coming in. The rest of the movie is about surviving.    [imdb]    [photos]

Review: The Shallows is a good shark movie, but still a shark movie, which all turn into monster movies at the end.  Blake Lively does nice acting in what is almost a one-woman show. Kudos to her.

The shark is omnipresent, stronger than the Hulk, and smarter than a chess master. In the realm of shark movies this is a good one, but nothing genre bending.

Highlights were the water photography, Blake's acting, the suspenseful plot and the overarching presence of the dead mother.

The unmistakable generic shark with its stereotype master movie plot twists. 

Cast: Blake Lively

Directed by:
Jaume Collet-Serra

The Music:
Two good songs; the best was a instrumental version of Trouble by Neon Jungle that they played during the surfing -- very fun. The closing credits song was also good: Sia's Bird Set Free. 

The Visuals:
I liked the surfing scenes, and I am partial to jellyfish too. I'd love to get a tank of jellyfish.  

2.5 stars: Fun to watch. Kinda mindless, but you knew that didn't you?

More: Blake Lively has great abs, and she had already had a baby when she made The Shallows. She is now expecting #2. I am sure Blake's bod is sending a lot of people to the gym.

Even More & SPOILER: How many girls really surf in a skimpy bikini? I noticed she had a one-piece in the epilogue.