Jaws in 3 Parts
Having arrived at the beach her late mother once visited, Nancy (Blake Lively - Savages) cannot wait to get out their and start surfing, meeting a couple of local surfers when she gets out beyond the breaks. But having decided to do one more run, whilst the others return, Nancy ends up attacked by a shark and stuck on a rock just 200 yards from the shore but with the shark circling. Injured by the shark and also the razor sharp coral Nancy knows that eventually high tide will come and her little rock will no longer be safe she must prepare her self to try and swim to a buoy before the shark catches her.
You can break up "The Shallows" into three parts with the first part having a mix of artistic and gratuitous going on. What I mean by that is we get plenty of slow motion shots of surfing, Nancy's hair flicking across her face and to be blunt the camera lingering on Blake Lively's toned body. The second part feels like a homage to "Cast Away" as Nancy finds herself on a small rock with an injured seagull which she talks to whilst trying to survive and come up with a way of getting to safety. And the final part goes full "Jaws" as we have Nancy taking action and without giving anything away she ends up battling the shark. It makes "The Shallows" entertaining yet a movie which doesn't seem to know what it is and even at times a movie which feels like it has been made by three different directors due to the three different focuses.
Now "The Shallows" is very much all about Blake Lively as whilst we meet a few other characters the focus is on the character of Nancy being stuck on a rock trying to survive a shark. And Blake Lively delivers a thoroughly solid performance through out the movie. That means she looks sporty and attractive to start with, desperate and emotional when trying to survive on the rock then full on action girl when the movie shifts gear. But the trouble is that due to the way the story shifts through these three different phases the character of Nancy ends up inconsistent and not overly memorable.
What this all boils down to is that "The Shallows" is an entertaining movie but it isn't anything out of the ordinary and certainly not something which if I saw it late one night whilst channel surfing would feel compelled to watch again.