The Shallows (2016)
The Shallows is a perfect example of what one might call a B-movie: a genre film aimed at entertainment rather than narrative finesse and flawless production. That said, not all B-movies are bad, and among the recently released monster horror films, The Shallows is one of the better.
Though it may not seem that way at first. It’s hard to make it through the first twenty minutes of the movie without cringing. There is a heavy filter lying over every gratuitous shot of Blake Lively’s cleavage, and the attempt to integrate modern day technology is only semi-successful (the GoPro shots are a neat idea; the superimposed SMS chats less so).
But once the killer shark makes an entrance, and Blake Lively’s fight for survival begins, with a mean leg injury requiring self-surgery, you can’t deny it’s entertaining as hell! And with a runtime of less than 90 minutes, it’s not trying to be any more than it actually is: a tongue-in-cheek survival drama with a hot actress and cool underwater shots. Thus The Shallows ends up being a more satisfying experience than, dare I say it, The Revenant.