Movie of the Week: The Shallows

Blake Lively FIGHTS A SHARK over and over

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It may not have been a banner summer for blockbusters, but as the season winds down, we’ve been blessed with this deeply enjoyable and likably unpretentious B-movie. Blake Lively, after some cursory character development, finds herself alone on a rock in an isolated Mexican cove – with a hungry shark circling, waiting for her to make one mistake. Shark attacks aren’t exactly new cinematic territory, but director Jaume Collet-Sera – who made Run All Night, one of the better entries in the Neesoniad – finds new ways to shoot them that are legit terrifying, and Lively makes for an appealingly resourceful heroine. A streamlined no-frills all-thrills ride, this is a lesson for its more bloated competition that less is often more.

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