Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Film Review: The Shallows


My first Deep Blue Terror weekend was a huge success with 7 films watched so far and 3 books! Here I share with you my thoughts on another one I looked at.

A woman attacked by a shark while surfing is stranded on a rock far away from the beach...and the tide is coming in.

Starring Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4052882/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 

Nancy has found the Mexican beach that her mother loved so much when pregnant with her and she joins two local men surfing. Just after they quit for the day, Nancy is attacked by a shark and takes refuge on a rock jutting from the water. But the tide is coming in, she is losing blood and strength and the shark refuses to go away.

I liked this one. The beach and sea are stunning and it is the kind of place you would love to hang out for a day. We get a short intro to Nancy's anger over her mother's death making her give up her medical career, bringing her into conflict with her father. But mainly we get straight into Nancy deciding to go surfing and joining two local men in the water. As the men leave the water, Nancy is still out there and is attacked by a shark. They don't hear her cries for help, leaving her stranded on a rock jutting out of the water from a coral reef. With an injury to treat, she has to face a night stuck out in the water with the shark hiding in the gloom.

What follows is a fight to survive and find a way to get to the beach without being eaten. Can she attract the attention of the drunk man on the beach? Will her two surfer friends return the next day? Can she treat her wound and stop it bleeding? Can she risk swimming for the beach? How can she attract the attention of a passing ship? Nancy is determined to survive and uses the few things around her to help her in a few plans to outwit the shark.

The film is pretty tense and for the most part Nancy is on her own with an injured seagull for company. I liked the way she was constantly trying to think of a way to get out of this mess and the number of close calls she has with the shark. It is well worth a watch.

10 comments:

  1. This is the only shark film I'm actually interested in watching, just because it looks pretty cool and I love Blake Lively.
    Glad you enjoyed it! I might give it a go sometime. If I'm brave enough ;)

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    1. She took the part well and it was a good scary thriller!

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  2. I watched this a few months ago and I agree, it's a pretty intense movie. However, it was done really well and I enjoyed it a lot. And you are right. It's a beautiful beach and a lovely place to hang out - minus the shark!

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    1. I think I'd be happy sitting on the sand with a nice book where it is safe!

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  3. I really liked this one, especially how it was more of a survival tale than a creature movie, though the shark scenes were pretty intense too!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. The shark scenes were pretty scary! I enjoy these survival against the odds books and films.

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  4. I really liked this one. Lots of shark and lots of suspense. Even when you know what's going to happen it still makes you sit up.

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    1. Yeah, certainly one of the better ones I've watched. I'll be trying to fit in a few more films this weekend to round off the month!

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  5. Hey I saw this one. And I rather liked it. It was a beautiful area too. Fun movie even if it got a bit silly at the end.

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    1. I could see me sitting on that beach reading Shark Island and watching for a fin chasing the surfers!

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