A white-knuckle contest of wills between Blake Lively and a shark looks like a thrilling combination in THE SHALLOWS.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra and writer Anthony Jaswinski have fashioned a great looking, white-knuckle contest of wills with THE SHALLOWS. Blake Lively’s medical student Nancy returns to the isolated beach her mother surfed years ago, as a way to reconnect with her mother’s memory, following her recent death. But a seemingly blissful and moving visit becomes a whole lot more terrifying when Nancy realises she’s surfing in the feeding ground of a great white shark.
Collet-Serra who’s so far given us thrills aplenty with Orphan and the brace of Liam Neeson movies Unknown and Non-Stop, cranks up the action very nicely indeed here as Nancy, a mere 200 yards from the safety of shore, must use all her ingenuity and grit to outwit a shark that just wants a snack.
And I particularly like this trailer sub-titled ‘The Beginning’ that’s also prettily ingeniously put together. “A little dose of self reliance can do wonders” says the slightly smug, well-spoken narrator, sounding straight out of a 1950s motivational film. It’s all about motivating yourself alright as Nancy has to overcome her grief in order to survive. Lively looks as though she’s turning in the kind of standout performance in this, her husband Ryan Reynolds gave in the similarly one-person in peril movie Buried. I for one, am thinking of heading down to THE SHALLOWS when it opens in the UK in August.
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