Bechdel test this, solo performance that. Wasn't this also a Black List screenplay? Funny, considering the story was as gimmicky as it gets, the direction was boring at best, and the creature effects were laughably bad. So, why the hype? Because a marginally talented woman headed a lame thriller with a computer shark? Maybe studios should focus more on content and less on hype, and we'd get better fare.
Collet-Serra has long been a talented director doing his best with shit material; here he finally delivers a focused, spare, resourceful thriller, and one of the most purely entertaining, underrated films of the year. A typically riveting performance from Blake Lively, at her best here since "The Town." Labiano's cinematography is breathtaking; heavily saturated blood reds and ocean blues clash and coil eerily.
There's Del Rey's High By The Beach and there's Lively's Hell By The Beach. "Jaws" for the YouTube/Vine Drone/Go-Pro generation. A Bechdel Test alumnus, that boasts the best Lively performance to date (that two-story high extreme-close up of her sun-burnt face miserably whimpering her 'I'll miss you guys' on the verge of bleeding to death in a rock alone with Steven Seagull is one for the 10's books) + haunting score
Jaume Collet-Serra cements his status as one of our reigning vulgar auteurs with "The Shallows," his most confident and accomplished thriller yet. A taut screenplay full of every conceivable complication and reversal is elevated by Collet-Serra's staggeringly beautiful imagery, like clouds of blood tainting pristine water or an ocean floor of jellyfish aglow at night. One of the summer’s most unheralded pleasures.
Perfect contemporary B-movie fare for the miserable heat and likely one of the best shark movies in the last ten years (which isn't hard with films like "Shark Night 3D," "Sharknado," and whatever the hell else populates the late-night SyFy, creature-feature lineup). Blake Lively gives a physical performance that's exhausting to watch to say the least, and the entire thing ALMOST makes you forget it's PG-13.
A high-concept film that is often as equally tense as it's silly in its suspense and terror, and is as ineffective in its 20+ minute setup as it's lavishly shot in beautiful detail, akin to its threadbare dramatic emotion. Collet-Serra may photograph the shit out of it, but a thin screenplay can't let Lively carry the emotional center on her own, making The Shallows simply a well-oiled, shit-machine.
After a very strong turn in last year's 'The Age of Adaline' Blake Lively again impresses with this near solo show thriller. Playing a young woman with impressive survival skills trapped by a hungry predator Lively is able to rise above the genre trappings and possible clichés. Collet-Serra's pedestrian direction leaves the heavy lifting to the star who delivers. Those looking for authenticity...look elsewhere.