Movie review of “The Shallows”: This sun-drenched, easy-breezy Blake Lively vehicle pits surfer against shark. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.
Every summer needs a movie that’s as sun-drenched and easy-breezy as “The Shallows,” the Blake Lively vehicle that pits surfer vs. shark.
On a triple-digit day, you won’t be sorry to duck into this quick 87-minute caper of bikini-clad aquatic peril that’s just silly enough to be the perfect summer thriller.
But this woman-against- nature tale is more than just escapism, as it’s got some great tips for any beach adventurer.
Movie Review ★★½
‘The Shallows,’ with Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, from a screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski. 87 minutes. Rated PG-13 for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language. Several theaters.
Here are Top Five Tips for Battling Sharks From “The Shallows.”
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1. Always surf with a buddy. Med-school dropout Nancy Adams (Lively) takes off for a secretive Mexican beach without her hung-over friend, because she has always wanted to experience the special secret spot beloved by her late mother. Surfing alone is never a good idea.
2. Make sure you have the right gear. Clad in bikini, wet-suit top, sport watch and way too much jewelry, Nancy puts every single item to use in multiple different ways during her ordeal.
3. You don’t have to be superhuman, just resourceful. She keeps her wits and uses every scrap of everything she has to outwit an insane shark that stalks her for two days.
4. Make friends wherever you go. Her emotional connections offer her comfort in the darkest moments.
5. Since you can’t be faster or stronger than the shark, outsmart it. Use physics.
Ultimately, “The Shallows” is a splash of fresh seawater in the face of a dismal summer-movie season. It’s cheesy, but director Jaume Collet-Serra knows his genre thrills and builds layers of suspense and dread, along with some hypnotically beautiful aerial ocean shots.