Recently released on Blu-ray, The Shallows features Blake Lively (The Age of Adaline, TV’s Gossip Girl) as Nancy, a surfer who ventures to a remote island for a bit of adventure. The area has its share of sentiment for Nancy, as it was the private beach that held a special place in her late mother’s heart.
Unfortunately, Nancy’s desire to ride the waves leads to her being stranded in the ocean while a great white shark continues to circle his latest prey.
The Shallows is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, a filmmaker who’s directed several Liam Neeson films (Unknown, Non-Stop, and the underrated Run All Night). While tackling various genres (i.e. the horror-thriller Orphan) is part of Collet-Serra’s skill set, shooting in the the unpredictable waters made The Shallows his most challenging production to date.
Like all of the filmmaker’s previous work, The Shallows is popcorn entertainment that delivers the goods, and thanks to a believable performance from Lively, this movie is far from (excuse the horrible pun) “shallow.”
Special features on the Blu-ray disc include four minutes worth of deleted scenes (one humorous scene has Blake Lively making bird noises) and the featurettes “How to Build a Shark,” “Shooting in the Shallows,” “Finding the Perfect Beach: Lord Howe Island,” and “When Sharks Attack.”
I also discuss The Shallows on this week’s episode of CinemAddicts. Click on the media bar below to hear my Blu-ray review on the podcast, which also features discussions of the films Long Way North, Danny Says, Clowntown, and American Honey.