The Shallows is an entertaining film that doesn’t seem to have any ambition of being something else. Which is good.
Blake Lively is gorgeous, as always. However, I cannot avoid mentioning the fact that she could have probably worn a little less revealing bikini, but, hey, you have to attract the male audience in some way, right? And it wasn’t so annoying as in other action films where the main female character runs around scantily dressed – she was a surfer, so it can be forgiven. Actually, Blake did a nice job here. It was so easy to feel what she was feeling – fear, pain, hunger, thirst and also anger. The Shallows was a one (wo)man show and it managed to pull it off.
What I didn’t like was the ending. There were a few times when the film crossed the line into the ridiculous and unbelievable section, but the ending got the most of it. I simply didn’t and couldn’t believe it.
Nevertheless, it didn’t spoil the film. It was the perfect popcorn-crunching thriller that is engaging, but doesn’t leave a long-lasting impression. In short – a fun distraction.