Looking for a film that’ll amp up your heartbeat? Look no further than this survival action thriller starring Blake Lively and a fearsome, relentless and very hungry shark.
Sun, surf, sand, Blake Lively… and a bloodthirsty Great White. What can go wrong?
As it turns out, a lot.
For a preview of what to expect, watch on:
Making a huge departure from her glamorous Gossip Girl days, in The Shallows Blake takes on the gritty role of medical student and avid surfer Nancy Adams, who decides to take a solo trip to a secluded Mexican beach her late mother once frequented years ago.
Fun fact: though set in Mexico, the movie was actually (partially) filmed on Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia!
Credits: Lord Howe Island Tourism Association
At the beginning of the movie, we’re given a peek into the future as well as a bit of Nancy’s background. In the first scene, we find out that two fellow surfers at the beach have met their unfortunate demise, thanks to the grainy GoPro footage found by a little boy playing on the beach.
With this ominous premonition in mind, the next scene flashes back to a few days ago. We see Nancy going through her own personal turmoil; she’s not sure if she wants to continue med school with her dad protesting against her desire to quit. After a tense video call with her family, she decides to shake off her worries by going surfing.
Little does she know, she’s about to come face to face with this:
We’ll leave it to you to see what the very angry shark looks like up close in cinemas. All I can say is that as someone who was never really scared of sharks before, I’m now completely terrified of them!
What made the movie even more thrilling? The constantly-switching camera angles. Director Jaume Collet-Serra (who previously directed the spine-tingling thrillers Orphan and House Of Wax) inserts jarring cuts of below-water shots in between clips of Nancy and the other surfers unknowingly riding the waves. There’s also a very grisly scene of Nancy stitching up her shark-bite wound using only an earring hook and a necklace, no anaesthetic at hand! Admittedly, I spent most of this part with my jacket over my head!
The plot is at times slightly outrageous, making the film seem more cheesy than scary, but it should please strong-stomached, adventure-loving fans who love a good and thrilling ride.
One thing’s for sure – we couldn’t imagine ourselves looking anywhere near as good as Blake after battling a ferocious shark (not to mention other not-so-friendly sea creatures as well)!
Credits: Pop Minute
Side note: no sharks, marine animals or humans were harmed in the making of this movie, though Blake did get to have a much more playful, real-life encounter with a Great White during a shark conservation trip. Now that’s what we like to see!
Exhibit B. A BETTER pic I took on my iPhone! No zoom!!! This great white beauty is one of the largest females around! @mikerutzen and conservation team encouraging her to come out and play so they could study, track and ultimately PROTECT her and all her friends. What a life changing experience. Eye opening. ???
The Shallows swims into cinemas on July 28th.
Catch this flick if: you’re a huge Blake Lively fan (men included!); you love action-packed thrillers and/or the B-movie genre.
Stay away if: you’re a particularly-jumpy person, have a fear of the ocean, blood and gore!