The Shallows

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Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.



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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.


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  • Jul 30, 2018
    A simple premise of a surfer trying to survive on a tiny reef just outside the bay while being surrounded by a shark only works if you have a likable heroine and a couple of decent ideas up your sleeve. Thankfully, the creators of this film didn't try to drag it out too long but instead deliver a mean, exciting film that makes the best of its limited plot. Some parts seem a bit random but overall it's a fun ride for as long as it lasts.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2017
    An average shark thriller.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2017
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2016
    The film was a great surprise until the final third, the creators turned down a road of self discovery which annoyed me. The cat and mouse game was pulsating and any time a hand or foot was in the water it had me hiding behind my hands. The final third felt too comfortable and bordered on the line of being too far fetched. The film deserved a better ending and one that didn't sugar coat for the mainstream audience. Great central performance covers the film and the one set location was brilliantly used. Great for a watch but a shark film that is by the numbers and won't hold for rewatching, which is a shame.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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