In the taut thriller The Shallows, Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great white shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills. It’s Jaws for a new generation.
Seriously; I could not go into the ocean after I saw Jaws. Probably because I had the same raft little Alex had. And we all know what happened to that. Hint:
So, as I’m a sucker for the spooky, I peeped the trailer. And it’s effective as hell. Partly because it shows one woman stranded on a coral outcropping in the middle of nowhere; where’s she gonna go for help? This could definitely be Blake Lively’s star turn, as IMDb has a grand total of three actors listed for this film. All Is Lost, perhaps? Hey, she killed it in Age of Adaline, so I’m hoping for even better things as her career continues.
But it’s the amazing crystal-clear cinematography by Flavio Martínez Labiano that really gets things cranking. This trailer shows a great white slowly swim by Lively’s surfer Nancy (the character’s listed as Mia over at IMDb.) And the size difference between her petite frame and the huge shark is chilling. Well done, Sony Pictures.
The Shallows swims into theaters June 24th, 2016. Landshark? Man, I hope not.