Movie Review: The Shallows


The Shallows directed Jaume Collet-Serra, starring Blake Lively as a surfer who ends up battling a Shark in an isolated beach.


Nancy (Blake Lively) has seem to found Paradise when she reached a beach where her mom used to surf. Little does she know that beneath the crystal clear blue waters lies a predator ready to devour anything in it’s path.

The Good

This movie was a whole lot of fun, for a movie featuring only one character, Blake Lively did a great job carrying the movie. A lot of ┬áit relies on her facial expressions and they’re delivered perfectly.


The cinematography was quite impressive as well as the movie was able to create incredibly tense nail biting situations that without a doubt will keep you at the edge of your seat. Another great aspect about the cinematography is how you’re able to clearly see what’s happening whenever an underwater shot comes up.

The Bad

As great as Blake Lively was in this movie, there were some questionable moments which raised several questions. There were a lot of moments where you can see her, dragged against sharp rocks and corals and what should be lingering painful effects of those hits seem to just fade away as she ends up completely fine afterwards.


Another issue was the shark itself, in this case was able think methodically on it’s attacks. Creating the feeling that this wasn’t a normal shark behavior at all but the movie sells you that the shark was simply disturbed, however it’s incredibly planned attacks says otherwise.


Overall The Shallows is still an enjoyable thriller, Blake Lively manages to give a performance that you can root for and it’s great to see a badass leading female to lead an hour and thirty minute movie. Though very simple when it comes to the story, the battle between Nancy and the Shark was enough to keep you watching till the suspenseful climax.

Good Bad 3.8/5
  • Blake Lively
  • Great Cinematography
  • Suspenseful Sequences
  • Fast Recovery on Injuries
  • Unbelievably Smart Shark

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