Star Cast: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen and Sedona Legge
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Producer: Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem
Claps For: Visual Effects, Cinematography, Background Score, Screenplay, Blake Lively and Direction
Slaps For: Predictable Storyline
Popcorn Refill: Interval
What’s New: Nothing
Plot: Still getting over her mother’s demise, medical student Nancy Adams decides to take a trip and surf at a secluded Mexican beach where her mother had surfed after finding out the she was pregnant with Nancy.
But beneath the blue waters lurks a dangerous shark...
Performances: While showcasing the struggle of survival when trapped in the middle of sea is accomplished with the help of perfect direction, screenplay and well-choreographed action sequences; what makes a character stand out in such movies is how they bring out their inner conflict rather than just coming across as a damsel in distress. And Blake Lively manages to do that with grace.
She will make you root for her till the end- not because she is the bikini-clad Blake but because you get to connect with her imperfect yet strong character who never refuses to give up and fights till the end.
After ‘Café Society’, here’s another terrific performance from the actress proving her versatility.
About The Movie: For a movie which has its entire premise revolving around one character against a deadly shark in the middle of the sea- a tight screenplay along with intelligent and tense direction by Jaume Collet-Serra does wonders for ‘The Shallows’.
The movie develops Nancy’s character within the first 20 minutes of the movie- giving you an insight of why she is at the Mexican beach, where she belongs to and what she is going through at that point of time. What follows next are her sea adventures trying to escape from the nasty bite of the dangerous shark and being at her brave best minus any foolish attempts.
Visually speaking, ‘The Shallows’ is a stunning affair filled with bright colors, blue-and-green waters and tons of CGI that work in its favour. The background music and sound effects too are apt and provide a sound to the thrilling moments.
The film wastes no time trying to show what’s not even needed. For instance, Lively’s Nancy is going through some tension in her life while she is stuck on a rock in the middle of the sea with a seagull. And while we do see Nancy speaking to ‘Steven Seagal’, there’s not much focus is on Nancy ranting about her problems to her new-found friend.
With the right amount of thrills every now and then, ‘The Shallows’ is amongst the finest survival thriller flicks of the year!
Combo-On-Offer: Thriller + Drama
Verdict: We give ‘The Shallows’ THUNDEROUS CLAPS for being a visually stunning, fast-paced and well-executed thriller! And yes, for Blake Lively too….