Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Shallows (2016)

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra. Cast: Blake Lively. 87 min. Rated PG-13. Thriller.

Twenty-something surfer is stuck in the waters just 200 yards from shore, attacked by a great white shark. Like any good shark movie, by default it's compared to Jaws ("Open wide you son-of-a-bitch!" is replaced by "F--- you"), and while the film is immensely thrilling both in terms of story and visuals, the script is dumbed down (subtitles keep reminding us "25 minutes to high tide"), the ending climactic battle is hard to believe, and the feel-good epilogue scene is entirely unnecessary. Still, the sheer magnitude of entertainment makes these mistakes forgivable. The film that made Blake Lively a superstar.

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