The Shallows (2016) Review

The Shallows (2016) Review

by Yo Adrian on November 13th, 2019 | Movie Review | Isolation, Shark, Survival, Teen

The Shallows was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (who also directed Orphan and House of Wax) and stars Blake Lively , scar Jaenada (from The Valdemar Legacy , Somne) and Brett Cullen (from Beneath the Darkness). Its about a girl who gets stranded at sea, within view of the beach,but cant reach it due to a hungry shark.

What was once in the deep is now in the shallows.

The Shallows Review

Awhile back I watched a movie called Frozen (no, not the Disney musical)in which three friends get accidentally stranded on a ski lift for daysand have to fight for survival. I went into it thinking it was going tobe a mild PG-13 style survival flick. Well, it turned out to be crazybrutal and disturbing. I can still see Parkers face skin peeling off onthe frozen metal bar after accidentally falling asleep and catching aserious case of frost bite. Then I saw the trailer for The Shallows and it gave me the same vibe,stranded while surfing instead of snowboarding, count me in!

Well, instead of the crazy brutal survival movie the trailer promised Igot the mild PG-13 style survival flick that I thought Frozen was goingto be. The Shallows is like a cross between 127 Hours (a movie where a guy getsstuck in the desert and has to fight for survival) and Jaws . At first, Ithought it was going to be more like 47 Meters Down (a movie about twogirls who get stuck underwater and have to fight for survival), but thatmovie was surprisingly more realistic. The shark in The Shallows wasjust way too aggressive and persistent (and fireproof believe it or not).

I really wanted to like this movie, but there were simply way too manythings that were way too unrealistic. Id list them all out here, but itwould be a long list that would spoil it for anyone planning to watch it.

Now with that all being said, it was actually an entertaining movie. Theres a lot of action, some great shark kills, polished cinematography and the pacing was perfect, things are happening from start to finish. Its not a bad movie at all, it just didnt have the bite I was hoping for.

Worth Watching?

I dont think so. It wasnt a bad movie, but its very forgettable. There werent any scenes in particular that grabbed me. Frozen had the face-peeling thing, 127 Hours had the cutting-a-major-nerve-with-a-rock thing, The Shallows just kinda had this surfer chick doing a lot of yelling and swimming.


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