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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Blake Lively's hair stylist, Rod Ortega, had to get into the tank to do Blake's hair, Blake recalls: "He basically spent 30 days in the tank with me-like in the water the entire time he was doing my hair from the water he was like a fish." See more »
There are a few instances where the shark is shown backing up after striking an obstacle, something that is physically impossible for a shark. They would have to stop moving altogether and sink back to move backwards. 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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Written by Benjamin Berry and Anita Blay
Performed by Neon Jungle
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd & RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Nancy and the two local guys are surfing. See more »
This smart little thrill ride may not make you afraid to get back in the water like the one-and-only Jaws...because it does something on a much more conscious level than Spielberg's very fictional tale, and for that, I applaud the director and writer for coming up with a story that is more about self-empowerment than it is about painting sharks as man-eating monsters -- they're not, and that's why this movie is a shark movie done right. While menacing, /this/ fish in our story is /not/ a spawn of the devil bent on upping the beach-goer body count for sport. It's about two instinctive creatures, the girl and the shark (whom both have good reason to be on the beach) crossing paths, hence the struggle to survive. You'll get your fair share of thrills and shocks, yes, /and/ heart, which this movie has just enough of; centered on a young woman you can really get behind and cheer on. 'The Shallows' has subtle-yet-palpable themes and an even tone, and is surprisingly emotional without being cheesy. And also, the cinematography is just gorgeous. Cudos to the entire cast and crew for getting this one right!
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