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The Shallows (2016)
Best shark movie in a while!
I'm coming from the perspective of a shark movie nut. So my review is for those who share this strange obsession!
I really enjoyed this film - and by enjoyed I mean it really did what a good shark movie should. Have you sitting there covering your eyes moaning "no no no, I can't look". And yet at the same time make it less drawn out than many do which was refreshing and all the more engaging.
Some other positives: -Beautiful setting -Not nearly as cheesy as most shark movies -Decent lead acting and focusing on her as a human being rather than as a sex object which is unusual and refreshing. (By this I mean Blake is a beautiful young woman, but there was a minimal amount of sexual emphasis on this beyond the obligatory bikini boob shot at the start.) I REALLY found this great and such a big step forward! It sets the tone of the movie at a far higher bar than the usual flesh feast shark movies do (HAR HAR) and helps make the whole thing much more believable and serious. -It's scary, did I mention this?! -It felt pretty original as far as shark movies go, with a smart female protagonist and a simple story
Okay so the only bad thing and the reason it wasn't a 10/10 for me: -Just to unrealistic - I don't want to spoil things so I won't go into detail but I feel the story went just a bit too far in the shark's actions. If it had kept to erring on the side of realism it would have been all the more thrilling and in the end make the difference between a shark movie vs. a psychological thriller that isn't in any form unbelievable or silly.
Ultimately though I'd 100% recommend this film to any shark movie nut. And to those who aren't, it's worth giving it a go as it's a cut above the rest.
The 100 (2014)
Idiotic teen show for idiotic teens
I think my title sums it up!
Which means my review is perhaps arguably unfair since I am not a teen; nor I hope, an idiot.
I'm bothering to write this to help aid any person reading through these reviews on whether to watch this show or not.
Don't, just don't.
There are numerous other helpful reviews already pointing out the many and I do mean MANY glaring scientific and plot problems. I won't go into that other than to say science fiction is not about suspending science.
Instead I am going to complain about the makeup/hair/typical American fakery on display so much. The casting is generic beyond belief, it seems only American people with the kind of boring "good looks" that society seems to celebrate were allowed to survive thus far. Where are the normal people? For that matter, where are the actual teens? Not the people my own age pretending to be gormless (oh, or not, maybe that is the only good acting we see because it isn't acting?) teenagers who spend countless hours styling their hair, putting on makeup and wearing clothes that hardly look out of place if you dropped them on any American city in this time.
I think it is this that bothers me even more than the idiotic lack of science. One could almost overlook that if the show had any merit in being original and engaging on some other level of creativity! But it doesn't. There is nothing original or even well done about the casting, acting, sets, costume, language or anything at all. They don't even try to be anything other than what they are: a show with modern D grade actors.
I'm baffled as to why there are only Americans left who speak modern American, wear modern American clothing (made of things they'd not have in space like cotton or leather), use modern make up in a modern style, wear their hair in modern hairstyles and seem totally confident in the natural world when they'd literally never even stepped on some dirt before coming to Earth.
There is about as much depth or vision in this show as there is in 90210 or Baywatch. Or any other American junk. I could list so many other shows that are awful for similar reasons of hideous generic American fakery, but instead I'll make a suggestion. Go watch the show The Detectorists by the BBC. There is a piece of programming that doesn't rape your soul but instead leaves you smiling.
I'm going to be kind and give this 2 stars instead of the one my brain is longing to award it. This is because it seems perhaps unfair to review a show meant for teens without the mind of one; and the premise is a pretty fun and HAD such potential. A shame.