The Shallows

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Year of Release: 2016

Genre: Horror

Related to/Remake of: N/A

Directed By: Jaume Collet-Serra

Music By: Marco Beltrami

Starring: Blake Lively (as Nancy Adams), and Óscar Jaenada (as Carlos)

Basic Plot: A young woman surfing on an isolated beach finds herself the victim of a great white shark attack, and struggles to survive while trapped on a rock in the middle of the water as the shark continues to circle around her.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: A great sense of tension developed by the decision (particularly early on) to not show the shark too much.  The CGI shark is perhaps the most realistic shark to appear in a movie.  Blake Lively does a very good job in what is, essentially, a single character movie.

Cons: The more the movie shows the shark, the easier it is to spot that it’s fake.  Needless melodramatic backstory that only serves to give the main character “depth”.