The Shallows

The Shallows

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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Nancy is surfing on a secluded beach, and finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.

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reginator_22
May 15, 2018

Pretty decent, some good thrills.

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richmole
Apr 27, 2018

Two important things, here:

1. This is NOT a jaws re-run or sequel.

2. Blake Lively.

Blake's had a terrific career, thus far, and this survival thriller's a departure of sorts, from her supporting roles in crime dramas (The Town, Savages) to her first break-out starring role, in the 2015, box-office winner, The Age of Adeline. Her performance--and the clever premise--made that movie a hit.

So...why this one, when the title might also speak for the plot?
Ans: Another starring role. Even better: the only competition for our attention is a shark. She OWNS this one, dominating the movie the same way that Tom Hanks dominated "Cast Away" and Robert Redford dominated "All Is Lost": they are isolated by circumstances and must, somehow, survive. Another bravura performance, here.

Now, the plot: Illogical? Sure. But given the beautiful setting, stunning visual effects and Lively's performance under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra, who's been responsible for the recent series of Liam Neeson thrillers--suspending disbelief is easy. Will the injured surfer threatened by a massive killer shark survive her ordeal?
How CAN she?
Grab the popcorn.

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cjreinecke
Jan 23, 2018

We actually love shark movies and I thought this one was very well done... a few parts actually made ya look away from the tv... graphics were very good and a good story too! We loved it and would watch again :)

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Bebu
Jan 15, 2018

It was a suspenseful, action packed movie, although quite predictable. The demise of the shark was kind of dumb.

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humbleworm
Dec 17, 2017

A tense shark attack film. Analysis will find flaws but there's nothing so obvious it can't be overlooked by a little willing suspension of disbelief. You might also enjoy Soul Surfer and 127 Hours (no sharks in this but same feel), both based on real events.

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movie20
Dec 11, 2017

Another shark movie. Not much of a story.

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kpelish
Nov 13, 2017

Well-produced with a strong female character who strategizes her way out of a life-or-death situation when she winds up stranded in a very angry shark's territory, just a couple hundred yards from safety. Blake Lively does a good job portraying a grief-stricken daughter who visits her mom's "special beach" to find solace, solitude, and surfing. There's also a uniquely American take on traveling alone, holding your own, and trusting the people you meet. The ever-present connectivity of technology has its plusses and minuses, including Google's silly substitution for some Spanish translations.

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kaybea
Oct 09, 2017

Same old shark stuff!

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seeker472
Aug 06, 2017

Pretty good movie. Sharks make great bad guys.

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SandraLH
Aug 03, 2017

Yikes! Mostly very intense and shark-scary! Beautiful surfing footage! Loved the companion seagull; felt sad about the whale.

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reginator_22
May 15, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense scenes of attacking shark.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Despite its PG-13 rating this film is intense. There is a prodigious amount of blood and a very graphic suture scene.

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reginator_22
May 15, 2018

Nancy: She's not coming.

Carlos: Who?

Nancy: Uh. My friend, you know. You know, the girl we left back at the hotel? You know, she smelled like Don Julio and bad choices.

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jimg2000
Nov 04, 2016

The setting:
Guess where I am? Tijuana.
-Oh, my God. No way. Mom's beach, right?
It's just as beautiful as she said it was.
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Anything gnarly out here, I should know about?
-There's some rocks over there! There's only one tide a day, and when the tide gets low, it becomes an island. There's some nasty fire coral. It stings like a jellyfish.
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It's April 26, 2016. Uh, if you find this, please send help right away. I've been attacked by a shark. He's killed three other people since I got here. He's still circling, so... Uh, he's got this big old whale over here, but that-that's the problem. I swam right up onto his feeding ground.

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