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
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Jaume Collet-Serra teamed up with the art department for the design of the shark. "I came to the conclusion that the shark had to be female", says the director. "Females are slightly bigger and have great scars from mating. Visually they're scarier, as they are more protective." Creating the shark generally took thousands of hours of research, so the film crew watched every Shark Week episode to get the idea of creating the shark he further added "she's a female shark, we know exactly how much she weighs. Every scar that she has has a story behind it. It's really an incredible job of artistry and research". See more »
Nancy ignites a plume of whale oil coming off the dead whale with the signal flare. However blubber has to be boiled in order to release whale oil. It isn't naturally in a liquid state, and wouldn't leak out of the whale, into the water. See more »
[looks at photo]
Is that you on the beach?
Oh, no, no, that's my, that's my mom.
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El Lado Más Bestia de la Vida (Walk On The Wild Side)
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by Albert Pla
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By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Nancy and Carlos are driving to the beach. See more »
I can suspend disbelief with the best of them, a shark becomes vengeful towards a human, no problem, an exhausted woman can ride a turbo charged chain to extreme depth, fine, mobile phone coverage on an isolated beach in Mexico, sure, they have great infrastructure.
What I absolutely cannot accept is that high tide does not follow low tide by a little over six hours. It's the same the world over and is invariable. A hot girl in a bikini can persuade me of almost anything, but not that she can change the speed the moon revolves around the earth.
To add to this marine quibble, the story tells us there's 25 minutes to high tide, but the rock she's sitting on is still two feet above the water. Now if she'd been marooned on a rock in the Bristol Channel, where there's a huge tidal range, it's just possible the rock could have been covered 25 minutes later. Of course it's pretty cold, so no bikini, and there aren't any killer sharks, so no tension.
The rest of the film is extremely silly. She should have eaten the bird.
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