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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For Blake Lively surfing some digital effects were used to take on the waves,the production company utilize face replacement techniques orchestrared by Lola VFX (Famous for its face replacement work on The Social Network (2010) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Anderson stated " they have their own proprietary methodology for doing the face work, but they realized pretty quickly that surfing shots are full of their own challenges, they scanned Blake and got performances of her with their rigs and setups then had to transfer that to a 3D version of Blake's face that is tracked, reanimated and replaces the stunt doubles face" See more »
When she's timing the shark's course before swimming out to get the camera she says "32 seconds from the whale to the rock" ignoring the fact that the shark was only cruising. Sharks can swim in bursts of fifty feet per second. 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
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Nancy and the two local guys are surfing. See more »
It's difficult to write a review about a shark movie whilst not comparing it to a certain "we need a bigger boat" classic. It certainly doesn't come close to that particular film - it's watchable; but that's about it in my opinion.
The Shallows is unfortunately one of those movies which, once you have seen the trailers, you've pretty much seen the entire film. There's not a huge story-line involved... yes, there's the main character (Blake Lively - who is also very beautiful) coming to terms with her own past and decisions she's made.
I felt that once the story got going, everything slowed down to a standstill; and I'm afraid to say that I started feeling bored - far from what I expected after seeing the trailers and hype.
I'm not saying The Shallows is a bad movie - Blake does a decent job, the CGI/shark scenes/SFX are more believable than most films in this 'genre', and the acting isn't anything to complain about. Where The Shallows loses stars (for me) is just the fact that the story-line is very limited - it's more of a psychological survival battle than a hunter/prey type movie.
To sum up - The Shallows is worth a watch. I wouldn't put it up there with the 'classic', but nor would I put it down with some of the worst shark movies I've tried to watch (you know the ones). Location and atmosphere all work (would probably be difficult to do a shark movie that didn't involve the sea tho' - although it's being done in one of those crazy ones!). I was very much looking forward to this film; am just a little disappointed there wasn't more to it - jump scenes, shark scenes and perhaps a slightly better story line.
Finally...I wouldn't be surprised if Steven Seagull gets his own movie next year!
Overall: 5/10... Not the best... but far from the worst.
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