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601 Ratings

The Shallows

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
United States, 2016


A young woman is stranded alone on a buoy with a great white shark circling the waters between her and the shore.

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The Shallows Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra

Awards & Festivals

Fright Meter Awards

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

It is a film that can be taken on its own terms, anchored by an intense central performance from Lively in a film hammered together by Hollywood’s premier genre problem-solver Jaume Collet-Serra. With financial and production limitations, the most heinous shark violence occurs off-screen, registered by Lively’s expressively weathered reaction shots, implying horrors beyond imagining.
October 04, 2016
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Lively is never boring, though you’d be hard pressed to credit her for propping up this bad-luck yarn with her acting chops alone. What’s left, besides a 100-per-cent CGI shark? If you’re lucky, you are not plagued by the real-life questions that helplessly arise…
August 05, 2016
Moving from blissy, sun-kissed communion with nature to desperate hanging on for dear life, it is tactile in the extreme, attuned to the body in pleasure and pain, the latter especially in one of the more harrowing improvised field surgery scenes in memory. All this and a knockout avant-garde short in the closing credits!
August 05, 2016

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