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The Shallows (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 24 June 2016 (USA)
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A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.

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Jaume Collet-Serra
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Blake Lively ... Nancy
Óscar Jaenada ... Carlos
Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo ... Surfer
Joseph Salas Joseph Salas ... Surfer (as Jose Manuel Trujillo Salas)
Brett Cullen ... Dad
Sedona Legge ... Chloe
Pablo Calva Pablo Calva ... Boy
Diego Espejel Diego Espejel ... Intoxicated Man
Janelle Bailey ... Mom
Ava Dean Ava Dean ... Young Nancy
Chelsea Moody Chelsea Moody ... Young Mom
Sully Seagull Sully Seagull ... Sully 'Steven' Seagull (as Sully 'Steven' Seagall)
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Storyline

In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Not just another day at the beach. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shallows See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,800,868, 26 June 2016

Gross USA:

$55,124,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,100,758
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Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Blake Lively was partly inspired by her husband Ryan Reynolds work in the similarly minimalist film Buried (2010), stating "that was one of the reasons why I wanted to take on this movie so much, because I know how tough that was for him and how rewarding it was." See more »

Goofs

The waves seem to work at the command of the surfers: one minute they are happily surfing huge waves, the next they are sitting down, talking, with the waves non-existent. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carlos: [looks at photo] Is that you on the beach?
Nancy: Oh, no, no, that's my, that's my mom.
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As himself, Steven "Sully" Seagull. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 July 2016 (2016) See more »

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El Lado Más Bestia de la Vida (Walk On The Wild Side)
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by Albert Pla
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L.
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Nancy and Carlos are driving to the beach.
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Soul surfer meets 127 hours
26 December 2016 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

A true shark movie that threatens to be better than the rest, and whilst to some degree it out performs most of its peers, it just can't overcome the CGI scourge that ultimately spoils its authenticity. Blake is lively though not expansive enough in her acting range to carry a thriller on her own. The behemoth that pursues her looks good in close ups and stock footage, but yet again just when you've suspended disbelief and in the grip of fear, the juxtaposition in the animation effects lets you off the hook and back to the safety of your seat.

A superior shark movie imo (e.g. 12 Days of Terror, The Reef, Dark Tide) doesn't lose your trust the way The Shallows relaxes its grip when it's antagonist fails to seamlessly synchronise with the environment. Unfortunately as a result, the attack scenes mostly miss the mark and don't appear natural (when does one shark attack and devour multiple people in quick succession?), though the suspense is certainly present in the pacing and timing.

The idea of the rogue shark stalking prey in the isolated cove is explained (or perhaps contrived) and so the survival match at least has a plot basis on which to unfold. From this survivalist perspective, the film works and keeps you engaged as Lively employs her limited resources to countenance the great white terror whose scale is by the way, not unrealistic (though still of school bus proportions) . Overall, pleasant scenery, decent sound & visual effects (notwithstanding the CGI) but it doesn't rise beyond B-grade to beckon a second viewing.


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