Film Review: The Shallows

Blake Lively The Shallows Movie Review Mr Neo Luxe

Blake Lively returns to the big screen for the first time in years and she’s going to have you petrified of the open ocean in her latest flick, The Shallows. Filmed on location in Australia, it follows the story of Nancy who is stranded on a rock 200 yards from shore who is being tormented by a great white shark. If you’re thinking Jaws, think again! The Shallows features some fantastic camera work that won’t let you take your eyes off the screen.

Film: The Shallows

Stars in credits order: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Jose, Lozano Corzo

Synopsis: In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Millions of years of evolution have led the shark to do one thing: survive. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, getting there proves the ultimate test of wills.

Review: Let me begin by saying the cinematography in this film is extremely impressive. The film was directed by Jaume Collet-Sera who’s responsible for directing two of my favourite Liam Neeson films Unknown and Non-stop. Majority of the film follows Lively stranded on a rock with a seagull so the camera makes this film enjoyable. Lively’s performance in this role is also very impressive. I remember a few times during the film feeling her pain and it’s almost like you’re living the ordeal with her. Unlike gory horror flicks, this film has an enjoyable story line and isn’t all blood and gore. Overall an enjoyable film which is worth the visit to the cinema. I’m just not sure how I’m going to feel when I’m swimming in the ocean this summer.

Rating: 7/10

The Shallows is now screening in Australian cinemas nationally


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