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The Shallows (2016)

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Sunday, 21 August 2016 23:01
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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.