This smart little thrill ride may not make you afraid to get back in the water like the one-and-only Jaws...because it does something on a much more conscious level than Spielberg's very fictional tale, and for that, I applaud the director and writer for coming up with a story that is more about self-empowerment than it is about painting sharks as man-eating monsters -- they're not, and that's why this movie is a shark movie done right. While menacing, /this/ fish in our story is /not/ a spawn of the devil bent on upping the beach-goer body count for sport. It's about two <more>
instinctive creatures, the girl and the shark whom both have good reason to be on the beach crossing paths, hence the struggle to survive. You'll get your fair share of thrills and shocks, yes, /and/ heart, which this movie has just enough of; centered on a young woman you can really get behind and cheer on. 'The Shallows' has subtle-yet-palpable themes and an even tone, and is surprisingly emotional without being cheesy. And also, the cinematography is just gorgeous. Cudos to the entire cast and crew for getting this one right!
The best shark movie since jaws, this make jaws a pussy cat (by gerry_barnaby)
Likes : WOW...............never have i ever watched a film that pull my emotions left , right & center by the end of the film i was in tears , this is such incredible film to watch Blake lively was certainly the best casting choice for this film , god dam she look hot in a bikini. Ryan Reynolds you are one lucky guy For the get go you get a brief camera footage which come apparent later on in the film, thing seem so calm & beautiful on Mexico beach until the this film main story kicks in it because a serious film. Woman vs nature for survival & omg god does Blake lively pull <more>
this off with a convincing role as Texan medical student Nancy who trip turn's in to a nightmare when she heavy stalked by a 25 foot great white out blood.This is where this film turn into intense moment with brutal & shocking scene of death that make jaws ashamed ,iam not kidding this film manages to keep that concept of peril like there is no hope of survival through out the film which bring you to tears because you don't know if she gonna survive or die at any moment which is good for the film because it keep you grip to the screen just wait for the next scene to happen. Blake lively performance is perfect she show perfect survival instincts being alone trap on a small rock the tides coming in she has over 200 meter to the shoreline with a shark that can swim faster, she pull this off perfect with charisma, vulnerability, and resourcefulness that is ideal character concept for a heroine of this genre of film. With a bold and plucky attitude that seems to say, "gimme your best shot." as riveting to the points watching her scramble to stay alive, determined not to lose to what appears to be the very hand of Fate itself.This is how you make a shark film, kept the casting to a minim, cast a brilliant act or actress that can keep the concept going through the whole film just like this film you have the making of an outstanding shark movie that seriously made jaws less frighting & step up the food chain intensiveness & frighting moments that will truly make you fear the water again.This film seriously does this, its not only intense, bloody, foreboding & thought provoking it seriously put the fear of the water back in the audience like jaws once did, i highly recommend watching this film as you wont be disappointed as there is a references to jaws.
I don't even know how else to describe it. It's a dynamic duo...ish movie, considering the fact, that one of the two is immensely beautiful and talented Blake Lively, and the other is...well...A SHARK!it's basically a nurse vs. the shark movie and its awesome. from the cinematic beauty to superb sound design. the plot is the main villain here, as it will keep you guessing till the end. and when that ending comes you will be craving for more, even though the final act is totally satisfying. grippingly suspenseful, it will keep your eyes and mind occupied through the whole run of <more>
the movie. and there also is Stephen Seagal joke in it.I'm full thumbs up for this one. I will definitely get a bu-ray and put it next to Jaws the first one, obviously in my collection.9/10 and to be clear that 9 stands there only because i hoped to get a killer soundtrack like Jaws with this splendid movie, but i guess i'm asking too much. but you should watch it anyway!
The Best Shark Movie since Jaws (by final-fantasyxcjo)
It first I didn't know what to expect from this movie, as it has become so hard to take shark movies seriously, however The Shallows not only surprised me, it is the best shark movie since Jaws and honestly the best creature feature in ages!At only 85 minutes, this movie absolutely makes the most of that run-time and its 17 million dollar budget and delivers a tense, gripping, stress inducing movie that will constantly keep you on the edge of your seat. Blake Lively is on her way to stardom, as she carries this entire movie and is able to act without speaking, which is insanely hard to <more>
do. You care about her and you want her character to survive. The movie is insanely smart and the Director deserves all the credit in making a movie that honestly should not have worked and made it a classic in this genre.The shark is absolutely terrifying and the way Lively is able to not only face off against this shark, but how she is able to make the most over her situation while being under-prepared was not only intelligent, but believable. The story is simple, straight forward, believable and so genuinely crafted, stylishly executed, and not a single scene is wasted. Director Jaume Collet- Serra will have no problem landing a future big budget Hollywood Blockbuster and Blake Lively will soon find herself as a leading lady more often.The Shallows is the biggest surprise of the year, with gripping tension, a career performance from Blake Lively, beautiful scenery, an amazing story of will and survival and one big, mean, scary shark, The Shallows is a Summer movie that you don't want to miss! 9 out of 10
The best shark movie in years. This movie pits a young woman's desire to live against a shark's desire to eat. Both characters are doing what they need to do to survive.There are those who will say that the shark would have feasted on the whale corpse and ignored the people. There are those who will observe that a shark really doesn't go on a killing spree. In the movie's defense, you have to have something to keep the film interesting and build tension for the film to work well.Blake Lively is wonderful and brings a lot of life and character to the film. She makes you root <more>
for her - which brings more tension into the project. The film did a nice job showing her "logically" figure out ways to help herself survive. That was a huge bonus. It was a very well written script that gave you a believable situation.The shark looked great. The movie kept the shark at a minimum ala Jaws which was a smart thing to do. Keeping the film focused on Lively's character was the best way to tell this particular story.I had low expectations going into this film because of the history of bad shark movies that have polluted the industry, but I was rewarded with a great survival film that I would highly recommend.
The Shallows is a survival thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Blake Lively in the lead as Nancy Adams. The film follows Nancy, a surfer who gets stranded away from the shore and attacked by a great white shark. This is a really well made thriller that brings the whole shark attack back on the big screen roaring. I liked it a lot, and Blake Lively does a fantastic job on the role, especially considering that she is pretty much the only actress on the entire film. I also really liked the CGI shark, that looked really threatening and real, the cinematography by Flavio Labiano <more>
is really good to look at too. It does get a bit too get going until the shark attack, but overall this movie is really well made and the director Jaume Collet-Serra keeps on making really entertaining thrillers over and over again. This one is no exception either because it has all the thrills and nail-biting scenes that make this a good summer fun flick.
For the most part, riveting (by Zbigniew_Krycsiwiki)
I have a couple of issues with this film occasionally too much CGI, and a weird ending but for the majority of its brief, 86-minutes-long run, this is a riveting film, exquisitely filmed in the Gold Coast of Australia, about a survivor of a shark attack clinging to life, figuratively and literally, on the side of a rock 200 feet from shore, with the shark still circling the waters. Normally watered down PG13-rating gives way to some surprisingly grisly bursts of gore, as she tries to suture her wounds with makeshift surgical tools, and a couple of brutal attack scenes. The film makes the <more>
most of a small cast, and Blake Lively carries the film almost entirely herself, spending at least two thirds of the film completely isolated. Well, she's not completely alone, she also has Steven "Sully" Seagull, as himself.
Go see it and leave your opinions at home. I felt there was not one single scene where I thought "Yeah. that was a cheesy shark effect". Quite a few "jump out of your seat" moments that makes this a really intense and entertaining movie. You spend a lot of time scanning the water behind Nancy for a clue of where the shark might be. If you like adventure, suspense, and horror, this is the movie to see this weekend! Blake Lively played the part of Nancy well, and you suffer along with every drop of blood she loses. I haven't had such a good time at the movies in a long <more>
time. It came out one day early at the local cinema, and I just had to see it. Very real and believable special effects makes this the shark movie that now sets the bar for all other shark movies. I rated it 8 out of 10, because of a few plot holes that could have been patched fairly easy, but were overlooked. This movie shows what can be done with a good special effects team and the attention to detail that sets this movie apart from others released over the past few years. If this movie causes a resurgence of animal attack movies I for one am ready for the ride, because if they are as well done as "The Shallows" I will have a reason to see things on the big screen instead of waiting for the DVD.
The Shallows is a perfect example of how to make a perfectly competent and thrilling shark movie from the moment the camera opens onto the beautiful Mexican beaches to the very end once the last of the credits has rolled. The cast which is very small, good for this kind of movie is led by a beautiful Blake Lively; none of the others are of particular significance. Lively stars as Texan medical student Nancy, who has determined it's time to take a little R & R and takes a trip to a idyllic Mexican coast. Before long, however, she becomes the victim of a shark attack and, alone, save <more>
for the company of a seagull, the movie is a harrowing tale of man, er, woman versus nature at its finest. Lively proves to be a great choice as the lead. She has a charisma, vulnerability, and resourcefulness that I believe is ideal in the heroines of this genre of film; bold and plucky, she manages to keep a smile on her face much of the time , with an attitude that seems to say, "gimme your best shot." It is riveting to watch her scramble to stay alive, determined not to lose to what appears to be the very hand of Fate itself. This movie does what any shark movie that is worth its salt does best, that is, besides possessing a great number of fake-outs and an ominous, looming score, it contrasts the beauty of its surroundings with the horrors that lurk beneath. And the location is part of what makes this movie so very, very good. If it weren't for the shark, I'd want to dive right into those cool, blue waters. The cinematographer does a wonderful job of showing how indisputably beautiful the Mexican coasts are and how unforgiving . The shark itself is a CGI spectacle, looking just like the real thing. And while it lacks the threatening presence of Jaws, it nevertheless makes for a wonderful foe for Lively. It is intelligent and *seems* to be gunning for Lively, its determination unsettling and beyond natural, dare I say, purposeful. And though there is one moment which I believe "jumps the shark" just a bit, it leads to one of the best, kick-ass endings I've seen in recent cinema. My only major complaint is that during some of the early surfing sequences, the action goes from slow to fast to slow again one-too-many times, and some of the beginning scenes linger a little too long. But these are easily forgettable, as the rest of the film's 87-minute run-time is unrelenting intensity from the point where the camera emerges from the murky depths in classic, Jaws-like fashion. THIS is the Jaws sequel we should've gotten. I *do* recommend wading into The Shallows.8/10