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In the modern days of cinematic horror, the creature subgenre has forced filmmakers to grapple with the dilemma of trying to create a decent movie with visually pleasing effects and a narrative that makes sense. As a result, these films tend to fit more into the sister category of the thriller, although with a little tender attention and effort, even a shark attack thriller can succeed among a plethora of other films in the crowded catalogue, which was exactly the case for 2016 the shallows.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the House of Wax directed sought to spawn a worthy shark attack contender, which no doubt helped with Green Lantern star Blake Lively will be cast in the horror project. In the Collet-Serra vehicle, Lively plays Nancy Adams, a medical student facing recent bereavement and traveling to a remote beach in Mexico. Unbeknownst to her, a vengeful great white shark patrols the waters, forcing Adams to use her knowledge to try and escape from her.
With Lively in the driver’s seat and effectively capitalizing on a low-budget gem, the shallows It garnered more praise than criticism, especially from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, where the film hosts a 78 percent Certified Fresh score. In its defense, the general consensus of critics stated that the horror film boasted a premise that “transcended tropes” regarding the typical flavor of creature characteristics.
Thrill-seeking Netflix subscribers also echoed these sentiments, with many movie lovers clearing their schedules to soak up the jaw-dropping survival horror sequences. According to FlixPatrol, the shallows It has become one of the most viewed movies on the platform in several countries around the world, proving to be an acclaimed creature with a lot of bite.