There are several noteworthy films due to reach theaters during the Fourth of July holiday frame in 2016, including Steven Spielberg's Roald Dahl movie adaptation The BFG and the latest Purge franchise installment, The Purge: Election Day. However, as was discussed during the Total Geekall Summer Movie Preview podcast, the smaller-scale B-movie thriller The Shallows - which is also opening in theaters around the Fourth of July this year - could be a worthwhile alternative option for those in the mood to watch a film that's neither a big-budget tentpole nor part of an established movie "brand".
The Shallows stars Blake Lively (The Age of Adaline) as Nancy, a surfer who's on vacation catching some waves at a secluded beach that the locals simply refer to as "Paradise". It not-so-surprisingly turns out that "Paradise" is anything but for Nancy, who winds up being attacked by a great white shark and stranded only 200 yards from shore - albeit, with said big hungry fish between her and land. Nancy, with only her wits and resourcefulness to serve her, must thus find a way to get past her water-based predator and make it to safety.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has now released a second theatrical trailer for The Shallows online, as you can see above. The trailer further lays out the minimalistic suspense/thriller setup for the film, by revealing that Nancy gets bitten by the great white shark - meaning she's also racing against time, in order to make it to shore before her injuries get the best of her. Said preview also reveals what happens to the other surfers whom Nancy encounters at the beach; it's a mild spoiler for the film but then again, since The Shallow is primarily a one-person show that means everyone else who appears in the film either has to be out of reach when Nancy needs help - or they wind up being shark food, themselves.
The Shallows was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, a filmmaker who has carved out a niche for himself as a specialist at making solid pulpy genre thrillers - be they such horror movies as Orphan or his previous collaborations with actor Liam Neeson on the films Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night. Both Unknown and The Shallows have Hitchockian suspense thriller elements, as do Collet-Serra's other films to a lesser degree; meaning, if you've enjoyed most of the director's work in the past, then The Shallows should be to your liking too (again, all the more so if you find yourself needing to take a brief break from big-budget summer movies when the Fourth of July holiday rolls around this year).
Written by Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing on 7th Street, Kristy), The Shallows was filmed on location in Australia and features a small supporting cast that includes Óscar Jaenada (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Brett Cullen (The Dark Knight Rises), and relative newcomer Sedona Legge as Nancy's younger sister, Chloe. Lively, for her part, will also be appearing on the big screen later in 2016 in Café Society, the upcoming Woody Allen-helmed romantic comedy that reunites Adventureland and American Ultra costars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart for their third movie together.
The Shallows is now set to open in U.S. theaters on June 29th, 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment
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