Rent The Shallows (2016)

3.2 of 5 from 327 ratings
1h 23min
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Synopsis:
In the taut thriller, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness and fortitude.
Actors:
, , Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo, Joseph Salas, , Sedona Legge, Pablo Calva, Diego Espejel, , Ava Dean, Chelsea Moody, Sully Seagull
Directors:
Producers:
Lynn Harris, Matti Leshem
Writers:
Anthony Jaswinski
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/12/2016
Run Time:
83 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Polish, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • How To Build a Shark
  • Shooting in the Shallows
  • Finding the Perfect Beach: Lord Howe Island
  • When Sharks Attack
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/12/2016
Run Time:
86 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • How To Build a Shark
  • Shooting in the Shallows
  • Finding the Perfect Beach: Lord Howe Island
  • When Sharks Attack
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/12/2016
Run Time:
86 minutes
Languages:
Czech, English, English Audio Description, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All

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Reviews (3) of The Shallows

It's an ok thriller - The Shallows review by gazmb

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18/03/2017

I enjoyed this but still thought it wasn't as good as it could of been. Mainly about a woman who gets stranded not great distance from the shore . Taking refuge on a bouy in the water with a great white stopping her from getting to shore. I enjoyed it to watch the once.

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Terrific one woman show from Blake Lively (and a seagull friend) - The Shallows review by PT

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16/04/2018

For a relatively tight budget of 17 million dollars in this day and age I thought this film was exceptional. It is the best shark film I have seen since Jaws.

Blake Lively plays the part of a woman fighting for her life with the perfect balance of fear, panic and steely determination to try and survive. An acting performance that has to be applauded, as it can't be easy conveying these emotions with nobody to play off, except her seagull friend. She kept me thoroughly on edge and entertained throughout with her great performance.

Great direction, beautiful panoramic shots and a very realistic shark also, all adding up to a little classic.

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Clever low-budget Jaws B-movie - The Shallows review by PV

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04/09/2018

I enjoyed this film though it's no more than a B-movie.

Hated the sentimental family plot stuff.

But the shark was lovely!

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Critic review

The Shallows review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

In the age of Sharknado, shark movies have become a joke. Blame the endless sequels to Jaws or the cheap format of the SyFy Channel movie of the week, but there just hasn’t been a genuinely enjoyable and terrifying shark movie since...well, Jaws. But The Shallows brings this trope of terror back to its roots with the simplicity of what made sharks so scary: they want to eat us. The shark present is not flying, nor is it robotic, nor is it moving in a pack swirling through a tornado. It’s frightening enough just to be stranded on a rock as one circles around, hungry to sink his teeth into your flesh.

In classic B-movie fashion, the protagonist of Nancy (Blake Lively) is established quickly enough to get to the horror. She’s a medical student drawn to a secret beach for some surf in Mexico where her departed mother came when she was pregnant. She hitches a ride from a local that won’t tell her the name of the beach. She meets some surfers on the water that won’t tell her the name of the beach either. As the afternoon draws late, Nancy finds herself surfing alone. Everything is in place for the shark to make his move on this easy target.

When the shark takes one bite of Nancy’s leg, she finds herself struggling for dry land. She ends up on a rock, still far from the beach. It’s at this point when a lesser movie would find Nancy in a panic, lamenting about coming to beach and praying to anyone who may be listening. She’s actually smart enough to close up her wound and begin timing the movements of the shark to make her way back to shore. The unfortunate few who venture out to safe her are not so lucky, but you got to have a body count.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra is best known for his Liam Neeson productions of Non-Stop and Run All Night. Similar to those movies, he employs some visual flair with shooting that sometimes comes off more gimmicky than it should. For the first act of the movie where Nancy is mostly on her smartphone, all her electronic interactions are displayed on screen as grand holograms that appear next to the character. It’s as if he’s trying too hard to make these common applications of text, photo galleries and face-time appear more futuristic than they should be. You’re not making Star Trek here, Jaume. Thankfully, this become much less distracting as the movie goes on with Nancy relying on less technology to survive.

The plot is very simple. There’s no deeper development of character or hidden secret of the beach. It’s a struggle of woman versus shark, clean and simple. And, surprisingly, it’s an engaging bit of terror. Nancy is established enough to be an enduring character that you want to see her make it out alive in that she makes few mistakes. She has bad luck to create some tension, but is not an airhead.

Still, the movie has its moments of camp which may or may not be intentional. When the shark attacks those unlucky few who attempt to save Nancy, he does so in classic slasher fashion. Out of nowhere, the shark will pop out of the water or fly through the air to drag another human down for dinner. Nancy has one companion throughout this picture: a seagull with a damaged wing that sticks close to the survivor. He provides a decent non-verbal partner for Nancy to voice her frustration towards, but he’s unintentionally hilarious in how he just trots around dumbfounded as Nancy bleeds to death. And in the final act, Nancy’s battle with the shark turns rather personal and ridiculous to a climax that made me both laugh and clap for her victory.

The Shallows is a solid B-movie material with a bloodthirsty shark and Blake Lively looking stunning in a bikini (even if she is bleeding pretty bad from a major wound). I almost want to recommend it more just for being so well-composed and refusing to go fully over the edge of absurdity. It’s a perfectly proportioned entree of horror, fit for those who want the simple scare of being trapped on a rock as a shark circles around you. It’s no Jaws, but it’s also no Jaws IV: The Revenge.

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