The Shallows (2016) Wednesday, 01 April 2020

The Shallows (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Sense of peril, bloody injury detail and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Blake catches a break.

  • Starring:

    Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Lozano Corzo, Jose Manual, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge, Pablo Calva, Janelle Bailey, Sully "Steven" Seagull

  • Directed by:

    Jaume Collet-Serra

  • Running time:

    86 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are attacked by a shark (spoiler alert!), bitten, dragged underwater, stung, hunted, pursued. Animals are bitten, stabbed, squished, eaten, shot, near-burned, stung, impaled. A woman hits her head badly, near-drowns. Objects rammed, snapped in half, thrown through the air, bitten. Theft. Screaming, shouting, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpse, body split in half, animal carcass/flesh. Bloody cuts/bite wounds/legs/feet/shoulder/face/nose/hand/wing/feathers. Wound-stitching/dressing/bandaging; dislocated bone reset. Bloodied water, bleeding limb, object protruding from flesh, dislodged tooth. Cracked lips, sunburn, stings, gangrene, scar. Woman in wheelchair with IV drips and catheters (cancer assumed). Cadavers mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    People in swimwear/skimpy clothing, shirtless men, cleavage. A text message from a girl states she is meeting up with a guy and her friend should not wait up for her. An island is likened to a pregnant woman.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Bottle of spirits, intoxicated man. Hangover, Advil, Novocaine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-words. Religious exclamation (OMG).

  • THEMES:

    Shark attack, survival, secret beaches, surfing, swimming for one's life, fire coral, panic, abandonment, problem solving, GoPro cameras, death, loss, grieving, memories, found footage, low tide, high tide.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mother mentioned. Shark, seagulls, dolphins, crabs, jellyfish. Vomiting. Brief Spanish (some subtitles/translation).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Patient, atmospheric, tense, thrilling, back-to-basics, high-stakes, personal, visceral, intimate, sober, wrenching, unexpected, crowd-pleasing, beautiful, careful, well-paced, superb, refreshing, crackling, realistic, straight, simple, primal, harrowing, effective. Solid/convincing/all-or-nothing/compelling performance by Blake Lively, standout/scene-stealing/delightful performance by Sully "Steven" Seagull, terrifying shark, lean script, clever construction, iimmediate/jaw-dropping action, gorgeous cinematography, stunning location, absurdist ending, knowingly silly touches.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Predictable, manipulative, calculated. Dull/groan-worthy epilogue, some obvious face-replacement CGI on Blake Lively's body double, some laughable dialogue/exposition.

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