I figured since Shark Week starts officially this Sunday on The Discovery Channel that I would kick it off for this blog a couple of days early. That is right people, I am going to try and watch shark movies for a whole entire week and I am starting with the one film that kicks off the talks in The Shallows. All Nancy (Blake Lively) wants to do is catch some waves on a secret beach in Mexico that her mother had gone when she was pregnant with her. You see Nancy is kind of going through a life dilemma at the moment and catching some waves is the perfect remedy to help forget your troubles. The only problem is that when she goes out to catch one final wave before calling it a day, she gets stranded and hunted by a shark who just won’t quit once he got a taste of her. Now she has exactly 24 hours before high tide to try and make a move for safety before the shark makes a meal out of her. The film also stars Óscar Jaenada (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Carlos, Brett Cullen (Ghost Rider) as Dad, Sedona Legge (Torn) as Chloe, and the film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night).
I have to admit that going into this movie that I was not expecting a whole heck of a lot because I figured it would be a dumb movie with a big Hollywood actress. In my opinion, it was actually a little far from that because I enjoyed cringing and turning away from the film in the various moments in the film. I thought the film was excellently shot and well acted by the few actors in the film. The standout star award goes to Steven Seagull which is an actual seagull who is hurt and keeps her company throughout the whole ordeal. The shark moments in the film are actually pretty scary or at least they were to me because I am terrified of those things. This film definitely makes it harder for me to go into the water or to even try to attempt to surf. I don’t know what people are complaining about when it comes to this film because it’s pretty straightforward and it’s realistic. I say that because not only does she have to worry about a shark, but she also has to worry about what else is in the ocean that could harm her too. I’ll let you watch the film for yourself to know exactly what I am talking about with that last statement. The film didn’t have a lot of actors, but I think that worked in there favor because it was almost unnecessary. So, its safe to say that I had a lot of fun, but is it the greatest shark movie ever made? Well, I have my own opinion as far as that is concerned, but I’ll let you be the judge. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.
Before I woke up this morning, I had never heard of the film I watched and reviewed for today, but there was one factor that made me want to watch. I am a huge fan of Michael Pitt and I have been wondering what he has been up to since he had left the show Boardwalk Empire, but I got my answer in I Origin. Pitt plays molecular biologist Dr. Ian Gray whose main line of interest is the human eye. One thing is for sure when it comes to Ian and that is he does not believe in God and is always out to prove that there is more proof in science than in religion. All of that is about to be put to the test when he makes a startling discovery that may prove that there may be something greater than science. The film also stars Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Kenny, Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Sofi, Brit Marling (Sound Of My Voice) as Karen, Archie Panjabi (Bend It Like Beckham) as Priya Varma, Venida Evans (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Margaret Dairy, William Mapother (Mission: Impossible II) as Darryl Mackenzie, and the film was written and directed by Mike Cahill (Another Earth).
The film is interesting to say the least and it hits many different genres in one from it starting off as a romance movie that dabs in science to a tragedy movie back to a romance film and back to a science film. The thing that he discovers toward the last half of the film really makes you question whether science is correct or if the religious people had it right all along. What if you could tell if someone was resurrected through the patterns in the eye? Think about that for a second, what if the things you like, don’t like, and the reason you act the way you do is because you were someone else in a past life. Through an eye scan, he discovers that there is someone out there in the world that is a match to his dead wife and I mean an exact match. Wouldn’t you be curious enough to want to see if they reacted to certain things that your past love, brother, or even friend would have. That is the thing I loved about the film was this sense of what if and it didn’t hurt that Astrid Berges-Frisbey was really hot. It’s an honest film that will make you think a little bit, but it can be predictable at times. That was the only bad thing about the film was that you could see certain things happening when they did. Other than that I loved the acting from Pitt and Marling, etc. It was also cool to see them in Delhi, India cause the cinematography was cool. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade. It’s airing on HBO and I’m pretty sure it’s available on HBOGO.