The Shallows is out and it is time to know should you spend your money on 90 minutes of Blake Lively and a shark? The answer is yes, it is the best shark movie since Jaws (not replacing Jaws) and that is saying a lot about both the state of shark movies and the quality of these two movies.
Let’s kick it off with the bad, mostly because I want to get it out of the way. The biggest issue I have with this flick is I wanted it to be a movie that I would want to watch over and over; as of right now I don’t see much replay ability in this movie. I think that once you know everything it may lose some of the jump scares and tension, unfortunately only time will tell. The second part is because of the way they used the shark I wish the special effects could have been a little better.
Ok that is done I can start to blush about this movie, the script was on the Blacklist (a Hollywood list of best scripts not in production) and it is easy to see why. You will become emotionally attached to Nancy (Blake Lively) during the length of the movie. I don’t want to give away what does it but there are important moments with her sister, father and mother that help in the character build of Nancy. It also doesn’t stop there; they give you a solid build of the shark it is don’t just a mindless killing machine. The finale moment is the setting of the beach it is truly a paradise lost and helps bring in the fear and suspense to the story. All of the elements of The Shallows are so well placed that you forget that it is a small scale story. The other thing that really made me feel an attachment to this movie is the way the trailer and movie play together. I thought seeing the trailer gave me too much and I was wrong and that is a good thing.
This movie is the prefect movie to see in the theater especial before going to the beach for the summer or after coming back. The way the horror and suspense is built is the way a movie such as this should be made. Yes, there are jump scares but it is not the only fear factor of the movie. The story works on the fact that we are all naturally scared of sharks and you don’t need to see the shark the entire time to give the fear needed to keep you locked in. The begin is also a surprise and a good surprise showing the natural state of the beach, when you realize that it will become a horror before you leave the theater. The last thing that was good to see was the usage of the cell phone by adding the actors into the story.
The final verdict is this was one of my most anticipated movies of this year and it held up with a great story, emotional attachment, great visuals and wonderful edge of your seat suspense. Giving The Shallows a solid 4 out of 5 and a highly recommend to see.