Thursday, July 7, 2016
#JustaQuickiePlease: The Shallows Review
Action and Horror newcomer Jaume Collet-Serra brings audiences an innovative aquatic thriller that is heavy on drama and suspense, thanks entirely to a stellar performance from lead actress Blake Lively, but a bit light on the science and plausibility. This is Castaway meets Jaws, in many ways, with Lively consuming most of the screen time and rightfully so. The director crafts a visually stunning indie style film that captivates from its first scene to its nail-biting, seat clinging conclusion. With an ample supply of believable twists and convincing unpredictability, mixed with genuine performances, this could quickly become Collet-Serra's best feature. This is how you create real tension and thorough audience engagement. If it were not for some of the more glaring scientific inaccuracies, this would have been an absolute win and very possibly the Jaws for the next generation. 3 out of 5 Kernels; a movie you can truly sink your mental teeth into....and, yes, I just went there.