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The Shallows Review, Starring Blake Lively

The Shallows stars Blake Lively as Nancy Adams, in a surfer’s survivor movie where Nancy goes to a hidden cove to spend some quality surfing time. And it was not quite as bad as I thought it could have been!

As the film starts, while Nancy is in the water, she spots a dead humpback whale floating at the far side of the bay she’s surfing in. But with that whale, comes the predator that killed it, a great white shark.

Before she realizes it, she finds herself stuck on an outcropping of rocks, pinned to the spot by the circling hungry shark, who waits for her to get back in the water.

And the game of survival is afoot.

The Shallows, on Amazon.

This film is directed by horror/action man Jaume Collet-Serra, whose resume includes the Liam Neeson films Unknown (2011) & Non-Stop (2014). He also directed the most excellent freaky movie, Orphan (2009). And the CGI moments aren’t the best ever, but they get by in an acceptable fashion due to the speed of the scenes.

The Shallows is another ‘survivor of the fittest against all odds’ movie, where Lively’s character is a pretty intelligent person in a really bad situation.

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Derailed review

Derailed is a fascinating film riddled with classic plot points with a nice twist with the proper ending.

Derailed is a product of director Mikael Hfstrm and screenplay writer Stuart Beattie, and brought to the movie fans by Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel, Addison Timlin, Melissa George and RZA. There’s even a little David Morrissey.

While I was watching Derailed I found the first act to be rather curious and it had engaged my imagination, wondering where it was all going. You see, I had started watching this film without knowing a single thing about it. No previews, no taglines, just blind faith in the idea of being entertained.

Before tackling this film, director Hfstrm had directed the 1995 film Vendetta. Since then, he also brought us The Rite and the surprisingly good Stallone film, Escape Plan. Right now word on the street is that he has two projects in the pipe, Snitch Jacket and Tunnels.

The screenplay was written by a familiar name in Stuart Beattie. Before Derailed, he wrote Collateral and since Derailed, he brought us 30 Days of Night (2007), great fun vampire flick, Australia (2008), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), I Frankenstein (2014) and of course, the Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl. Beattie also has quite a few projects in front of him, Among the future projects include titles like the Tom Clancy title, Without Remorse, Arthur C. Clarke’s 3001: The Final Odyssey, andDanger Close starring Sam Worthington.

As you can see this creative team behind the film holds a ton of promise.

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ABOUT TIME (2013) Movie Review

December 12, 2014

The official movie summary for About Time says,”At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.” But […]

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‘The Internship’ (2013) Review

January 26, 2014

The Internship is your classic Vince Vaughn comedy, where you have funny, sad, real, dramatic, funny and finally a good-feel set of moments throughout. As is usual for his movies, and in this case the movie takes place in and around the mega internet company called Google. The Internship not only starred Vince Vaughn, but […]

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‘The Wolverine’ (aka Wolverine 2) Review

December 27, 2013

I finally got around to watching The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, from director James Mangold. (After dealing with Comcast’s new rental delay processes) Jackman reprises his role in yet another Wolverine movie as Logan/Wolverine where we get to see an adaptation on a very popular chapter from the comic’s past, from the Frank Miller and […]

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‘We’re The Millers’ Review

December 3, 2013

We’re the Millers, is about a mid-level pot dealer named David (Jason Sudeikis) who gets stuck in the middle of a robbery, losing all the money he was stashing for his dealer/boss. It was as big chunk of money but his dealer, Brad (Ed Helms) said that rather than owe him the money, he could […]

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‘The Purge’ Review

October 13, 2013

The Purge, a review of an interesting concept for a society. Director/Writer: James DeMonaco (The Negotiator / Assault on Precinct 13) Cast : Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller, Rhys Wakefield The Purge opens telling it’s 2022, that the U.S. unemployment is down to 1% and crime is at […]

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Movie Review: 2010’s ‘Devil’ by M. Night Shyamalan

September 17, 2011

Movie Review: 2010’s ‘Devil’ by M. Night Shyamalan

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‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Movie Review

July 29, 2011

‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Movie Review

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‘Daybreakers’ Movie Review, A Retrospect on its Rentability

July 9, 2011

‘Daybreakers’ Movie Review, A Retrospect on its Rentability

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‘Battle Los Angeles’ Movie Review

July 2, 2011

‘Battle Los Angeles’ Movie Review

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