Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Shallows (2016)

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: Anthony Jaswinski

Composer: Marco Beltrami

Starring: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Jose, Lozano Corzo, Trujillo Salas, Brent Cullen, Sedona Legge, Pablo Calva, Diego Espejel, Janelle Bailey, Ava Dean, Chelsea Moody, Sull "Steven" Seagall

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  What was once in the deep is now in the shallows

Plot:  A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.


I liked this picture until the last 15 minutes when it went to total shit.  It's a great looking film with a fine performance from Lively, who carries the picture almost single handily.  I was really digging it.  Then the bullshit comes out of the water-logged woodwork and ruins the film minutes from the end.  What did it?  The minefield of jellyfish that she navigates only getting stung once and the giant shark barely enters and runs away after being stung by a few.  If/when you see it you'll know what I mean.  Next is the utterly ridiculous and silly way she defeats the shark.  It belongs in a Looney Tunes cartoon.  To add salt to the wound, she would've died from her initial shark bite from the many, many hours after the gangrene set in.  But, OK.  I'll suspend my disbelief for that if they had just let her be rescued on the beach and ended there but it didn't.  They just HAD to have a stupid coda to show you how wonderful her life is as all of her loose ends were tied up...and that leg of hers only shows a scar.  I hated the coda but I understand how the studio didn't have the balls to end it where it should have.  It should be an alternate ending left for the DVD.  If that just had to have that ending then they could have at least done the right thing by having Lively lost her leg and wear a prosthetic one.  That would show some realism and that she overcame all of this and is still surfing despite her ordeal and handicap.  Fucking wimps.  It's sad when a film does so well for so long and then falls to shit before it's all over.  This should've been and easily could've been a better film.

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