Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground.
I am going to make this review much like the movie quite brief. The Shallows is probably the best shark movie I’ve seen since Jaws. However that is not saying much because there have been no good shark movies since Jaws. I really don’t feel like you can compare this film to Jaws as a whole anyway. Where Jaws is a very involved and active film with many characters, The Shallows is the opposite its very isolated and claustrophobic at times. It is pretty much one character on a very small scale: A woman vs Nature almost sort of thing. And for the most part it’s done quite well. Blake Lively does very well in her role as the film’s main character. I actually think she is a above average actress although I feel like she is cast for her looks 90% of the time. I guess complaint wise I have one that is very very small, and that is that whenever someone uses a phone it like projects the phone screen into the main picture, its minor but I would really prefer if it would have shown Blake actually looking at the phone. That was nitpicking, I also feel like the pacing is slow at some points, so there is a larger scale complaint I guess.
Overall I can say that I enjoyed The Shallows for what it was and what it was intended to be.