Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Movie Review: The Shallows

The Shallows: Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5)

Review: As far as I have remembered, I don't think I've ever watched a movie related to sharks before. Or at least, I didn't watch the whole movie. I pretty much dislike movies that portrays that animals are the villain, when in truth, the stupidity of the humans in the movie itself was the cause of all the horrors. They either do something extremely silly or they simply just can't think rationally.

It's the same as in The Shallows. A girl goes surfing alone at a secluded beach; what else can be sillier than that? Sure, Nancy did plan to bring a friend, but the friend pulled out of the plan in the last minutes, JUST because she wanted to be with some guy. An example of a shitty friend. But then again, Nancy could have just go back to her hotel and come again another day, doesn't she know that a person being alone, a woman especially, is very dangerous? If something happened, nobody will ever know. ISN'T THAT SUPPOSED TO BE SOME SORT OF A COMMON SENSE?

Anyway, of course, directly after Nancy hung up a call with her dad who asked her to come home, she went back surfing and then got into trouble with a deadly shark. Moral value one: Don't disobey your parents, the consequence(s) can be rather quick. But here, here here here, the scriptwriter and director made a good decision placing Nancy as a nurse. After she was bitten, and she managed to escape to a giant rock for safety, she did her best to stop her blood from flowing out too much. The production did a great job with the shark attacks, wounds and blood things.

And I like the fact that they added a wounded bird on the same giant rock to accompany Nancy. It was really cute, giving her some company and also warnings whenever the shark wanted to attack. Thank goodness the bird didn't die. In the end, Nancy was the one who saved herself for being strong willed and smart enough for survival. Moral value two: Don't give up too early, do just everything for the sake of your own goodness.

Not sure if I'll be recommending this movie to anyone, but it's not that bad though. If you like movies with the ocean and a deadly shark, then this is absolutely your cup of tea.

Till next time ♡ Love, Aera

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