The Shallows is a horror thriller about a young woman who travels to a remote beach in Mexico in search of emotional freedom only to find herself literally trapped in the waters just off shore with a deadly threat tracking her every move. The movie, directed by Jaume Collett-Serra, features acting performances by Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, and Sedona Legge.
Of course, all the marketing for this film had comparisons to Jaws and we are lead to believe it's the most terrifying thing since that 70's classic had everyone scared out of the water for years. While The Shallows may not carry that much weight, I was actually very impressed with the overall product that was put on screen. Blake Lively did a great job of, for the most part, being a one woman show and did a great job of adding the depth of character and believability needed for this kind of film to work. Even when she's building a rapport with an equally injured seagull (Stephen Seagull) or angrily yelling at the shark who is mad at her for invading its territory, you buy in and stay emotionally invested rather than laughing it off as something ridiculous and silly.
The Shallows is more thriller than horror but is effective at both and will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Blake Lively shows us she can carry a film and, for director Jaume Collett-Serra, this is easily his best effort to date. While this movie won't be replacing Jaws any time soon as the best shark attack movie around, it definitely sets itself apart as being worthy of the conversation and is overall a very credible and entertaining bit of film making within the genre.