It's only natural that since summertime brings people to the beach, there are movies designed to elicit scares from what happens at the beach. The latest entry in this genre is The Shallows, an almost one-person struggle for survival against a killer shark.
Cut to Nancy (Blake Lively), being driven to a "secret beach" in Mexico by Carlos (Oscar Jaenada). From conversations with Carlos and phone conversations with family, we learn that Nancy's late mother loved this beach, Nancy's friend is stuck at the hotel with a hangover, and Nancy is considering leaving medical school. But that's all forgotten at the beach! It's as beautiful as one could imagine, and the only other folks are two fellow surfers (one of whom is wearing the helmet seen at the start of the movie).
Overall grade: B
Reviewed by James Lynch