*I still remember being scared out of my mind when I saw Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws for the first time, at the theater. We had seen nothing like it on screen. It became the first Hollywood summer blockbuster, eventually earning over $470 million at the box office.
With the advent of today’s CGI, I’ve often wondered what an update to that masterpiece might look like. Now we know.
The Shallows is a very well acted, visually stunning movie that pits man against sea beast once more. Blake Lively stars as a buxom blonde who quickly finds herself face-to-snout with about 20 feet of fish. In some ways, her plight is more nail-biting than the one depicted in Jaws, as instead of being out on the open sea, Lively’s character is just yards away from the shore, literally between a rock and a safe place.
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