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|Laufzeit:||About 87 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
A dreamlike beach, restful solitude and paradisiacal conditions for surfers - that's what Nancy (Blake Lively) has to offer when she finally found the small beach her deceased mother had always raved about. Here the young woman actually only wants to spend a few quiet hours and surf a bit when she is attacked by a white shark in shallow waters. Injured she can save herself on a rock in the sea, only a few hundred meters from the beach. But these few meters could also be kilometers, because there seems to be no escape from the rock. The shark circles constantly around her and gives her no chance to flee ashore. And help is far and wide not in sight. Her ending seems sealed - but Nancy doesn't want to give up so easily…
With "The Shallows - Gefahr aus der Tiefe" director Jaume Collet-Serra ("Non-Stop", "Unknown Identity") ventures into dangerous waters. Because films that are only worn by one actor are in principle a risk, as they require not only full acting commitment, but also a stirring story in order to captivate the audience. Strictly speaking, the movie isn't just a one-person play, as some side characters appear here and there. Most of the time, however, Blake Lively can be seen alone on the canvas - at most in the company of a gull that has also been injured. Collet-Serra knows how to stage Lively attractively. But of course that's not enough to build up and maintain tension for over 90 minutes.
However, despite some really hanebüchener twists in the story, which also includes the wonderfully trashy finale, the film is very entertaining and grippingly staged over long stretches. Collet-Serra makes the constantly present danger very noticeable and intensifies it by the fact that the rescue is actually always within reach. One should not attach importance to logic thereby. "The Shallows" is strictly speaking a nicely filmed B-movie. But as such it is a lot of fun. Nancy's fight for survival is dramaturgically and theatrically perhaps not the big one. But the director always manages to push just the right buttons, so that the whole thing works well even in the most absurd moments.
If you just want to be entertained in a thrilling way, if you have a general weakness for shark movies more like "Deep Blue See" than the "White Shark" and if you're not so precise with the logic, this maritime thriller can be warmly recommended to you. And so despite some weaknesses at the end there is a good one: Worth seeing!
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