Review: The Shallows

The Shallows

The Shallows

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Duration: 86 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 16-SEP-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5 (Not the best … but far from the worst)

Plot:
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. 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.

Overall Review:
The Shallows is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Blake Lively supported by Oscar Jaenada. The story is simple, pretty straightforward, believable and stylishly executed. A girl gets attacked by a shark but is stranded at sea on a rock and has to plan an escape. It is more of a psychological survival battle than a hunter/prey type movie (Like Jaws). Blake Lively gives a phenomenal performance. She brings a lot of life and character to the film. Other things that works with the film is run-time of 86 minutes and a secret beach at Mexico. For most of the part, movie has delivered what’s it supposed to. However, the entire film blows up during the final showdown; probably director and screen-writer didn’t know how to end things. Technically film has been shot beutiful especially the beach aerial shots with vivid colors of water. Director Jaume Collet-Serra gives “The Shallows” a sleek visual style that contrasts the beauty of the physical location with the horror of what’s going on in the water. Different camera angles like POV shots, GoPro moments etc. all helped make the film feel a little different. Overall, it’s is a decent production that provides a steady dose of thrills paired with a worthy performance from lead actress.

Performance & Technical Review:
Blake Lively is great in her role and gives phenomenal performance. Cinematography is beautiful. Different camera angles like POV shots, GoPro moments, gorgeous sweeping shots of the ocean etc. all helped make the film feel a little different. The writing is clever and practical, relatable to the point that you feel for this character’s predicament. Background score is apt lifts the overall theme of the film.

PDF Verdict:
“The Shallows” is a decent production of will and survival tale. It does provide steady dose of thrills paired with a worthy performance and succeeds holding the audience attention for its allotted time.

Ratings: 3.25 on 5 (Not the best … but far from the worst)
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5
CGI: 3 on 5

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