American survival thriller THE SHALLOWS has many things that will give you chilling experience and will even remind you of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film ‘Jaws’. In recent past, we have not watched many good sea survival thriller. Leaving aside ‘Jaws’, Renny Harlin’s ‘Deep Blue Sea’ (1999) and the 2003-released psychological horror drama ‘Open Water’, no other killer shark film has been impressive enough.
Talking about THE SHALLOWS, the movie is a mixture of different ideas that made it as a decent Friday-night survival-thriller flick. The film is the story of Blake Lively’s character Nancy Adams, a medical school dropout, who is on a vacation shortly after the death of her mother. A pro surfer, she is on a vacation to an unknown beach in Mexico, which is also the same beach her mother had once surfed. So, she had a reason to travel this far.
After transported to the beach by a local named Carlos who refused to tell the name of the beach, but only termed this as paradise, Nancy joined two other locals in her surf adventure. Blue water, picturesque surrounding and the memories of her mother push her to remember her mom and also enjoy this lost paradise full of natural beauty.
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There is a backstory conveyed through iPhone photos and her chat with her sister and father, although not explored fully, but enough to set forth the purpose. Nancy, probably while riding her last wave back to the beach spotted the carcass of large whale. As she tried to swim towards the beach, a large white shark hits her surfboard causing her to fall and hit her head on a submerged rock.
Nancy then swam and crawled onto the whale carcass although the shark stays in the vicinity, and at one point violently attacked it from underneath. Nancy then had no other option but to take shelter over an isolated rock. Unaware of Nancy’s situation that the two locals left the beach and she spent the night on the rock with no clue on what’s going to happen next.
THE SHALLOWS never tried to be one of those great survival thrillers or bring anything strikingly new, rather it stays in the simplistic zone with the sole idea that survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s resourcefulness, imagination, and strength. Nevertheless, the movie has moments that will give you chill and thrill. I don’t know why in section of media, it’s been advertised as horror-thriller, rather it’s a survival-thriller with impressive National Geographic kind cinematography with few unsettling moments.
Starring: Blake Lively
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
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