An injured surfer stranded on a buoy needs to get back to shore, but the great white shark stalking her might have other ideas.
Whatever you do, don’t go in the water. Back in 1975, a young director by the name of Steven Spielberg made almost every other person in the world fearful of the ocean after a certain shark-themed film ripped though cinema screens and Amity Island. We’ve always been fascinated with sharks on the big screen, whether as big bads, animated and voiced by Robert De Niro or part of an oncoming tornado, though we all know which one we all prefer.
Now comes The Shallows, the new film from director Jaume Collet-Serra who takes a break from trekking across Europe lensing Liam Neeson in countless Taken rehashes to tackle some more economical but endlessly more fascinating than any of the aforementioned Euro-thrillers. Economical in the best possible way to describe this effort with Collet-Serra and screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski utilising the most minimal of extravagances to focus on the task at hand, namely torturing us and poor Blake Lively with a giant shark in the middle of the ocean.
Lively plays Nancy, a young trainee nurse who is off to enjoy some much needed downtime in a secluded beach that her late mother told her about. Armed with her surf gear and not much else, she sets off into the ocean to catch those waves but discovers that a dead whale has drifted close to the bay and with it a huge shark, hungry and hunting. She suffers a horrid bite and with night falling, she is left stranded on a small rock close to the shore with said shark