Shark movies, at least for me, have not bode well lately, primarily because of the inane shark movies that pollute the waters of the Syfy Channel. So when I saw the trailer for this months ago I was leery about taking a dip to watch it. But I'm glad I did.
Surfer Nancy (Blake Lively) decides to take time off from medical school to go to a secluded cove in Mexico where her mother used to surf. She goes there by herself, though she gets a ride from a local and encounters a few other surfers. At first everything is great, until she comes across the carcass of a dead whale and gets bitten in the leg by a shark. She manages to get away from the predator by pulling herself on the dead whale, then manages to get to temporary safety on a rock outcrop that's five feet above the surface. But it's low tide when this happens...and by the next day the water starts to rise. But her bite wound is bad, she's losing lots of blood, and things don't look good for her. Then, she sees a drunk on the beach, who goes into the water and gets eaten, and then the two other surfers she encountered the previous day show up, only to get attacked as well.
It's not an easy thing to keep a movie interesting with just a few characters but THE SHALLOWS succeeds in keeping up the pace and keeping you on the edge of your seat so that you don't mind even when things get a little unbelievable at the end. The movie is beautifully shot, the shark actually looks real (not like SHARKNADOS) and it's extremely entertaining. I count it among the top ten killer shark movies ever made. Recommended.