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'The Shallows' For Lovers of Shark Movies & Blake Lively

Horror movies with hunters in them are my personal favorite. Sharks, bears, crocodiles. snakes. How many have you seen?


The Shallows Storyline

Nancy needs to getaway. In The Shallows movie, she is rethinking her career as a doctor. Nancy's mother has just died and she no longer knows what to do with her feelings. A keen surfer just like her mother she decides to find the beach she surfed at when she was pregnant with Nancy.

The setting for The Shallows is a beach in Mexico. Nancy thinks this adventure will give her the clarity needed to grieve before returning home to her father and sister. A shark in the water has other plans in store.

"Anthony Jaswinski’s screenplay bogs down this no-brainer survival premise (“get off the rock and don’t die”) with needless back story and inchoate themes. Can’t a heroine just survive a vicious shark attack without also having to overcome a family trauma and decide about whether or not she wants to be a doctor?"

— The A.V. Club's Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Quick Film Info

Movie Title: The Shallows

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: Anthony Jaswinski

Date of Release: June 2016 USA

Genre: Horror with a dollop of thriller

Cinematography: Flavio Labiano

Box Office: Budgeted for $17 million and made $119.1 million at the cinemas

The Shallows Cast includes:

  • Blake Lively
  • Óscar Jaenada
  • Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo
The Shallows movie was filmed in New South Wales, Australia.

The Shallows movie was filmed in New South Wales, Australia.

The Shallows - Trailer

The Writers and Cinematographer

Flavio Labiano's work as a cinematographer for the horror film The Shallows was a work of art. Flavio's work in this film left me awestruck. His crisp and precise up-close and breathtaking shots became almost another character in the film. Labiano works on mainly Spanish pieces so if you have heard of Dead Space (1990), Non-Stop (2012), or Kidnap (2014) he worked on those too.

Anthony Jawsinky is a screenwriter who practically only writes thriller and horror-themed narratives. Jawsinky has worked on many movies listed in the table below. His breakthrough came from directing The Machinist (2004.) He also worked on Vanishing on 7th Street (2010) which, the latter, I have seen and it’s right up there among movies I love and watched a few times. I have also seen Kristy (2014) and it, if anything, is a great story.

An interview from quoted this about the writer:

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His new film, THE SHALLOWS (Columbia Pictures; Opens June 24, 2016), is

“unequivocally the best shark movie since JAWS” according to Indiewire. The film is a gripping thriller in which a surfer (Blake Lively) finds herself stranded on a rock 200 yards from a secluded beach as she is hunted by a great white shark.

Anthony Jaswinsky - Screensriter for Movies List

A long impressive list by this writer - I hope to add most of these to my watch list


Satanic (2016) Movie

Wrote the screenplay and Exec Producer

A movie about a woman and a cult

The Shallows (2016) Movie

Wrote the screenplay

See above review

Vanishing on 7th Street (2011) Movie

Wrote the screenplay

A city full of people vanish except for one last group

Killing Time (2001) Movie

Wrote the screenplay

A woman and her lover plan to murder her husband

Backwoods Tv Show

Writer and Director

A show about rednecks who shoot things

Kristy (2014)


A student stays back on campus alone during the holidays and is terrorised by a group of people

Xtra Credit (2009)

Wrote the screenplay

A lad has it off with a woman whose husband is found murdered

The Shallows 2016 movie

The Shallows 2016 movie

The Shallows 2016 Movie Review

The Shallows is inspired by real events. There is no evidence of this story being a true story, however.

If you didn’t know by now – I am Australian and guess what? The first photography for The Shallows was shot in New South Wales and Queensland (where I now live.) Originally they planned to shoot in Texas but were not able to get a permit.

The cinematography for The Shallows is as much a highlight as the rest of this solid horror movie with sharks. Oh-my-gosh. I was right there up close and I felt like I was in the shoes of Nancy herself.

Blake Lively's Nancy was fantastic as a character. I found her performance refreshingly relatable in her role. Decision-making is not unbelievable for her character's situation and I thought her commentary by her throughout every scene made sense. As a true horror fan, trudging through the duds of shark horror is part and parcel but The Shallows is a film to add to your watch list. A lot of survivalist and animal horror movies rely upon the stupidity of character. Most, at best ignore technical aspects of reality. This story is not in the far-fetched class like giant sharks terrorizing beaches (Ice Shark) or tornadoes (Sharknado) with sharks in them.

The Shallows, in my opinion, is how I see the situation playing out if I ever found myself in the shoes of the main protagonist Nancy and, of course, was fit and buff and had all the physical and mental attributes that she has (which I don’t, so I would be in effect dead and eaten.)

None the less, Nancy's story is about immersing herself in her late mother’s footsteps. She is a surfer who loves nothing more than a clean wave breaking and she is super smart, studying to become a doctor.

I once went on a tour while on holiday in Hawaii. Suddenly I found myself snorkeling way, way away from the group I was in. I was following a turtle with one flipper and the other was missing. After following it for some time, I remember thinking “you are following a lame turtle...there could be sharks out here?" I immediately stopped trailing behind it and swam as fast as I could to where the group clustered together. Scary but true, being stranded in the water with a shark could really happen. I didn't die but a lot of people spurn movies saying they aren't believable scenarios. Split decisions in most cased can cause unfortunate events.

I loved watching The Shallows and this is a shark movie you can definitely watch more than once. The free feeling of the water scenes in the first quarter is enough to make you want to grab your towel and hit the beach and the last half is enough fast-paced action to make sure you always tell someone to check on you if you aren't back by a certain time.

I give The Shallows 4 injured seagulls out of 5.

Best Shark Movie Ever - Jaws the Original (1975) Trailer

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Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 25, 2017:

Looking forward to your next review and now following you. I've been living overseas for over twenty-five years now and as soon as someone knows that I am an Aussie, they immediately start talking about sharks. It's actually pretty funny.

Movie Whisperer (author) from Moreton Bay, Queensland on August 24, 2017:

@Dale, Not sure - I think sharks are more prevalent in other countries aren't they? I think we (Aussies) are just a bit obsessed - look at Vic Heslop - I used to live in Hervey Bay for a bit and he is nuts. All in all though - I loved The Shallows, I've seen it 3 times. About to watch 47 Meters so look out for my review on that.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 24, 2017:

I found this movie by accident. I was visiting Melbourne, Victoria and was staying in a hotel in South Yara. I was sitting on the bed, working away on my laptop and The Shallows came on the TV. In very short order, work was forgotten and I was captivated by this movie. I thought the effects were a little much but the idea of the story itself was believable. Maybe because I'm an Aussie, I think too much about shark attacks? Nevertheless my advice is watch this flick, it's entertaining.

Violet from California on August 10, 2017:

@Vanessa. Ur on! Might look through and put link to ur articles that are on same movie..or if I'm too lazy, I'll do it on later movies. LOL.

Leslie Mcsweeney on August 03, 2017:

I have watched this movie. It was pretty good. There was not much to the movie but it always kept you entertained

Movie Whisperer (author) from Moreton Bay, Queensland on August 03, 2017:

Hey thats not a bad idea! Creates more traffic. I will if you will!

Violet from California on August 03, 2017:

I was a fan of GG too. I saw it long ago. Loved Chuck Bass! I won't spoil who GG is.

And lol, I guess we can complement each other. I show the bad, you show the good = but we still both usually end up enjoying the film.

And heyyy! Sometimes I gush over the good regardless of the bad. I mean, I usually even recommend films even when I spend most of the review talking about all the bad. heh.

I guess I'm weird like that.

Maybe I'll just tell my readers to check your review of the same movie for a more positive review. ha.

Movie Whisperer (author) from Moreton Bay, Queensland on August 03, 2017:

@violet, no Ive not seen Adeline, I was a fan of Gossip Girl, though lost track of it and have still managed to avoid hearing who GG is. I saw a negative review on hub moved to the niche site and although there is plenty to shred I like to defend the goodness (another great point of difference between you and I)

Thanks for your comment.

Violet from California on August 03, 2017:

Ha. I've seen nonstop and Kidnap. Great action films. I watch anything with liam neeson. I should really review some of his movies. There's just so many movies on my's going to take some time.

Also, if you liked this movie..u will really enjoy 47 Meters down(I LOVED the twist--but again, im gonna shred this movie too. LOL). It was reallllly good. Of course, like most shark's sorta unrealistic because sharks don't behave like that....but its fun!!

If you like should see The Age of Adaline (2015)...unless you've seen it?

Oh and when I review this movie..I'm going to shred it too(though I found her commentary/reaction pretty believable. I will shred other stuff) I love shredding movies...but usually i still enjoy the movie a lot regardless of its issues.

Great review!!

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