“The Shallows” Movie Review

The Shallows (PG-13) is a great movie directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Anthony Jaswinski. The main character, Nancy Adams, is played by actor, Blake Lively. The suspense-filled movie was released on June 24th, 2016. The film costed about 17 million dollars to make but, made quite a profit afterwards, earning 16.7 million dollars on only it’s opening weekend.

In the film, Nancy Adams leaves her home to go to her deceased mother’s beach in Mexico. Nancy never was able to find out the name of this secret beach. The beach is beautiful with clear waters and it’s really filmed at a place in Australia called New South Wales.No one really goes to this beach since not many people even know about it.

Nancy loves to surf and the waves are perfect to ride at this beach. When she first starts riding the waves she meets two men who are also surfers and they begin to surf together. After a while, the two men head out of the water to their jeep to leave the beach. As they are leaving, Nancy continues to surf alone. Nancy picks up the perfect wave and while she is riding it, you can see a large, dark creature coming for her through the water, which is very intense. You can see it coming but she has no idea, it’s very suspenseful. One second later, Nancy is knocked off her board and is flying through the air after being bit in the leg by a shark.

Instantly, Nancy swims urgently to the nearest land, during this is when viewers are biting their nails, hoping that she makes it to land. As she is swimming to a nearby rock that is sticking above water, her leg is bleeding which attracts the shark. The shark is catching up to her, but Nancy climbs up the rock using everything she can without the use of one leg. She lays there in pain and the shark swims away.

This is where the suspense is highly intense. After she makes it to the rock, she can’t yell to anyone or get any help because no one goes to that beach and the two men have already drove away. Now, she has to figure out plans to get back to the beach while worrying about the shark, bleeding out, and having food and water.

Viewers are on the edge of their seats through Nancy’s struggles.  This is a great movie, packed with suspense, great acting, and cinematography. The shark and the shark bite looked real. I would highly recommend watching this movie.