The Shallows

The Shallows

DVD - 2016
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Nancy is surfing on a secluded beach, and 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.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD SHALLOW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 Dolby Digital (Spanish),rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Language Note: In English or dubbed Spanish with optional Spanish or English subtitles; closed-captioned; descriptive audio


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Nov 13, 2017

Well-produced with a strong female character who strategizes her way out of a life-or-death situation when she winds up stranded in a very angry shark's territory, just a couple hundred yards from safety. Blake Lively does a good job portraying a grief-stricken daughter who visits her mom's "special beach" to find solace, solitude, and surfing. There's also a uniquely American take on traveling alone, holding your own, and trusting the people you meet. The ever-present connectivity of technology has its plusses and minuses, including Google's silly substitution for some Spanish translations.

Apr 14, 2017

The first rule of Fight Club is to not talk about Fight Club. The first rule of surfing and swimming in open water is that you never go out alone. So that's when my first eyeroll and sigh came and things steadily went down from there. It was so unbelievable and silly that it became unwatchable. I'd get up and make a sandwich and come back to see if she'd made it to shore yet. You can do that and miss nothing.

A movie that starts out with pretensions on the Jaws theme but eventually degenerates in to the Megashark realm of fantasy, albeit without any of that genre's humor. There's a sub-plot around a family tragedy, a distraught father-daughter relationship, and a younger sibling but that just gets in the way of what could have been a very tightly knit story focused on her survival. If you do watch the movie stop it after she is found alive/revives on the beach. The coda just spoils the whole thing (think: Hollywood needs a happy ending/wrap up).

Probably good for 90 minutes of sometimes well done scenes of (as the MPAA warning/rating at the start says) "intense peril," best consumed on a rainy afternoon when you don't have much else to do.

Feb 07, 2017

Derivative in many ways. Nice surfing though.


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