Movie Review Of "The Shallows"

Movie Review Of "The Shallows"

You'll never step foot in the ocean again (no spoilers).

I've always been a huge fan of sharks, not seeing them in real life or swimming with them, but learning about them. Shark week recently passed and is a week I look forward to every year. I simply plop my body in front of the TV and move strictly only for bathroom and food breaks. The stories, research, ideas and information shared absolutely astound me. In my mind, sharks are extremely interesting creatures, but also very terrifying when it comes to their contact with humans lately. There have recently been numerous shark attacks in cities and states near me, which is extremely frightening. Their sharp teeth, quick moving fins and predatory skills do not have humans searching for direct contact. "The Shallows" is the new "Jaws". This man-eating great white shark does not seem to care whether it is eating human flesh or fish scales; it continues to attack and devour whatever crosses its feeding ground.

To sum up the plot, a young woman and medical student, Nancy Adams (played by Blake Lively), is reeling over the loss of her mother and decides to find a special beach for some much needed solace that her mother used to tell her stories about. Ignoring the many dangers of surfing alone, she hits the waves and suddenly gets gruesomely bitten by a great white shark. This strands her in the ocean on a rock that she has been forced to swim to. While stranded, the enormous great white has determination to enjoy Nancy as its next meal, which the movie completely revolves around. Being stranded 200 yards from shore, this startled woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator hunts her down (this is all shown in the trailer).

It is important to remember that the ocean is not simply a calm body of water, it has many other parts to it, only making the movie that much better. There's high tide, low tide, dolphins, tiny fish, sharp coral, all sorts of plant life, waves, seagulls flying above and many other living sea creatures, which all could very well affect Nancy's situation, but you'll have to see the movie to find out what really happens. This entire film will without a doubt have you on the edge of your seat. During the viewing, I was waiting for a moment to catch my breath and relax my nerves, but it never came.

The whole one hour and 27 minutes will have you cringing from head to toe with chills constantly spilling down your spine. You will scream, gasp, jump and want to close your eyes, but you won't be able to let yourself miss a single second. Overall, I highly suggest this movie to all mature audiences, but be sure you can handle some terror because it's definitely one to cause nightmares.

For someone like myself who is very interested by sharks and sees many thrilling movies, I highly enjoyed watching, even though there wasn't a second when my heart rate was at a steady pace. The story line also isn't only about Nancy and the petrifying shark, it's about her younger sister, the loss of her mother, her father's dreams for her and her own inner self. It is about believing in oneself to achieve anything, whether the goal is achieved or not, it still revolves around the thought of believing in it, which is what truly matters.

Speaking for the majority of those who have seen this movie, good luck stepping foot in the ocean afterwards. If you think the "Jaws" movies were fearsome, just wait until you see "The Shallows". Does the shark survive? Will the bite kill Nancy before the shark gets the chance? Will she survive? What problems occur? How can this end well? How can this end at all? Discover the answers by seeing this blood-curdling movie; it is without a doubt worth your time!

Check out the official trailer here!

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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