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Review: The Shallows

The Shallows
06.24.2016
5 10
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PLOT: A surfer (Blake Lively) exploring a hidden beach, finds herself stranded, with 200 yards and a hungry, man-eating shark in-between her and the shore.

REVIEW: Who knew that a shark movie could be so boring? While THE SHALLOWS has been on the receiving end of some pretty solid reviews, with many expecting it to become one of the sleeper hits of the summer, the finished film is one that squanders every opportunity for suspense, paling in comparison to even the weaker JAWS entries (minus the execrable fourth one) or the more recent OPEN WATER.

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A star vehicle for Blake Lively, for about ninety-five percent of the film she’s alone on screen save for a comic-relief bird with a broken wing (note the symbolism) she names Steven Seagull and a poorly-rendered 3D shark, who looks like the infamous Bruce’s mutant offspring. Occasionally a well-meaning surfer or drunken beachcomber will wander in to get killed and supply us with some PG-13 carnage. Even for a killer shark movie, THE SHALLOWS is tough to swallow, with the shark here not even bothering to eat most of its victims, rather straight-up murdering them while the (initially) helpless Lively looks-on.

Part of the reason THE SHALLOWS is getting such decent reviews has to be for the fact that it gives the talented Lively a chance at a solo star-vehicle, with her mostly wasted as eye-candy in everything since her breakout (post Gossip Girl) part in Ben Affleck’s THE TOWN. Once a finalist for Sandra Bullock’s part in GRAVITY, this gives us a glimpse at how her performance might have gone, and to give her some credit, she’s better than the script requires.

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One thing that might have helped would have been to make Lively’s heroine a little more three-dimensional. As it is she’s so perfect and ably suited to her predicament that the film is never really exciting. We see early on that she’s not only a professional-level surfer, but also a med-school student, who’s so cool and collected that when her leg gets torn open that she’s able to patch it up using an earring and some of her wetsuit. Making her more of an average person would have been more exciting, as if you think back to all the best thrillers of this ilk, the suspense usually comes out of just how average the lead is.

Then again, there’s nothing average about Lively…

Apparently shot on a miniscule budget, THE SHALLOWS suffers from some dodgy fx, especially as far as the shark goes, but in the end it probably doesn’t matter as the biggest special effect here is Lively herself. Stunningly decked-out in a teeny-weeny bikini, she’s never looked better, with generous shots of her toned, picture-perfect bod photographed lovingly by director Jaume Collet-Serra and DP Flavio Labiano. Yet, once Lively gets stranded ever her compelling presence isn’t enough to keep the film interesting as it merely becomes a “get hurt, recover, try to dodge shark, get hurt, recover” formula that’s repeated over-and-over, making this feel pretty long despite only being eighty-five minutes. It lacks the cheese factor that rescued many other bad shark movies (like JAWS 3D or DEEP BLUE SEA) and anyone who compares this to the original JAWS is out to lunch, as the craft on display here isn’t even a patch on that classic.

While teens and non-discerning horror buffs might be enough to make this minor hit, with a few tweaks THE SHALLOWS could have been a really solid summer thriller. As it is, despite Lively, it feels like a disposable film, good for one moderately entertaining watch – and then discarded. It’s not awful, but it’s pretty low-rent.

Source: JoBlo.com

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8:57AM on 07/12/2016

Gravity, with a Shark

This is literally the same movie as Gravity, except with bikinis and a shark. Same tragic family back story, same plot developtments (three subsettings in one large single setting), etc etc.

I personally loved the movie and can't wait to see it again.
This is literally the same movie as Gravity, except with bikinis and a shark. Same tragic family back story, same plot developtments (three subsettings in one large single setting), etc etc.

I personally loved the movie and can't wait to see it again.
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10:29PM on 07/07/2016

Nothing Shallow about it.

I loved it. I really did. I didn't find it boring at all.

My take on it, if the story is "A woman survives a great white shark attack" it is a pretty cools story, but not a pretty cool movie. If the story is "A woman gets attacked by a great white shark an dis stuck on a little rock and the shark is pretty much keeping her captive" NOW you have a movie plot. What I loved about it, it FELT real at all times. It never got silly or cheesy like an 80's action film or slasher film. It had
I loved it. I really did. I didn't find it boring at all.

My take on it, if the story is "A woman survives a great white shark attack" it is a pretty cools story, but not a pretty cool movie. If the story is "A woman gets attacked by a great white shark an dis stuck on a little rock and the shark is pretty much keeping her captive" NOW you have a movie plot. What I loved about it, it FELT real at all times. It never got silly or cheesy like an 80's action film or slasher film. It had a focus to it. The CGI was top notch. The acting was stellar. I thought the script could have forced itself to be beefier, but that would take away from the elegance of the story.

I will watch this again very soon.
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1:07PM on 06/27/2016

Saw it Friday night

It gets pretty dang over the top....enough to make you chuckle at the end. Throw in a what came off as a shoehorned family backstory about her mother for added sympathy and this flick didn't do it for me. Yes Lively was dedicated however some scenes her acting came off as a little overly compensating for a lackluster script.
It gets pretty dang over the top....enough to make you chuckle at the end. Throw in a what came off as a shoehorned family backstory about her mother for added sympathy and this flick didn't do it for me. Yes Lively was dedicated however some scenes her acting came off as a little overly compensating for a lackluster script.
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7:40PM on 06/26/2016

Lots of fun

Good time at the movies and I highly recommend it!
Good time at the movies and I highly recommend it!
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1:38PM on 06/24/2016

great work

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12:53PM on 06/24/2016
This looks 100 times better than anything else opening this weekend. Tickets purchased. Let Blake Lively bikini ogling commence.
This looks 100 times better than anything else opening this weekend. Tickets purchased. Let Blake Lively bikini ogling commence.
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12:20PM on 06/24/2016
I'm going to see the movie regardless of the score because sharks scare the hell out of me.
I'm going to see the movie regardless of the score because sharks scare the hell out of me.
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11:19AM on 06/24/2016
Well, it sounds like a good shark movie to me.
Well, it sounds like a good shark movie to me.
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11:02AM on 06/24/2016
Most reviewers are going to be jealous of this movie since they are not Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool is a lucky man.
Most reviewers are going to be jealous of this movie since they are not Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool is a lucky man.
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9:59AM on 06/24/2016

Movie was solid thriller!

Though some very minor good points in Bombray's review, this is one movie that is not boring. This is a solid entertaining flick clocking in at a swift 85min. Intense, edge of your seat little thriller with a truly surprising performance from Blake Lively. I had a great time watching this movie. 7/10
Though some very minor good points in Bombray's review, this is one movie that is not boring. This is a solid entertaining flick clocking in at a swift 85min. Intense, edge of your seat little thriller with a truly surprising performance from Blake Lively. I had a great time watching this movie. 7/10
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3:59AM on 06/24/2016

7/10 in my books...

take it for what it is and you will enjoy it !
A pretty solid B-movie like Collet -Serra does it well !
A good time at the theater !
take it for what it is and you will enjoy it !
A pretty solid B-movie like Collet -Serra does it well !
A good time at the theater !
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2:54AM on 06/24/2016

Positive on RT

Bumbray opinion doesn't count.RT score is around 80%
Bumbray opinion doesn't count.RT score is around 80%
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2:43AM on 06/24/2016
Chris Bumbray doesn"t like a movie!What a surprise!Don't worry man,one of these days you'll find a flick worth to watch.
Chris Bumbray doesn"t like a movie!What a surprise!Don't worry man,one of these days you'll find a flick worth to watch.
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2:21AM on 06/24/2016
I'm still game for this. I trust the positive reviews and this looks like a decent waste of a Saturday at the theater.
I'm still game for this. I trust the positive reviews and this looks like a decent waste of a Saturday at the theater.
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