Will You Survive In The Shallows?

I don’t think I have ever been in a movie where the entire audience stood up and clapped at the conclusion with such enthusiastic support for the embattled hero. That was exactly the scene in the theater Friday night for The Shallows staring Blake Lively.
Not since Chief Brody went face to face with  an advancing great white has an audience demanded the destruction of the ocean’s resident demon, The Shallows will once again frighten swimmers and surfers alike from going into the water.
At first sight this film seems like a silly concept and appears to be just a girl on a rock surrounded by a CGI shark resonating the combined schlock of Sharknado and Open Water, I can tell you it is more than that.
This film depicts a young women seeking solace on a secluded Mexican beach after the death of her mother for a spiritual day of surfing in order to find the magic and love left in the wake of her death.
But what would happen if a monstrous beast with an insidious appetite comes in and won’t go away? Does this girl just lay her shield down and give in to the elements, letting the environment and impossible odds take her? Not at all, she goes up against the large devil with a ferocity to survive that would make Ellen Ripley from Aliens smile with a deep admiration. Utilizing her skills she braves all variables that stand in her way with a refusal to be defeated.
The pace and order of events in the movie directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan)will have you at the edge of your seat the entire time, her protagonist co-star is a mix of practical and computer graphics making you feel like you are actually in the water with an enormous shark.
Blake Lively proves as an actress she can hold her own, that an action star doesn’t need an arsenal of weapons to be heroic, she just needs a wet suit and the indomitable will to survive.
The couple of scenes that may seem impossible at times are trivial and are easy to ignore because at the end you will be cheering for this undefeated women, while holding your breath every time a wave goes over her head bringing her back into a watery hell.


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