The Shallows serves up plenty of thrills and scares, but it prioritizes taut storytelling over character building.
After her mother dies of an illness, medical school student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) takes a much-needed vacation to the beaches of Mexico, where she hopes to find peace by surfing on the waters. Even though her friend cannot accompany her – leading to a dangerous situation of surfing alone – Nancy still takes to the waves, befriending some of the locals and enjoying her time outside. Despite the concerns of her sister (Sedona Legge) and father (Brett Cullen), Nancy intends to remain in Mexico for an undetermined amount of time, losing her passion for her life’s goals following the loss of her mom.
Towards the end of her first day surfing, Nancy learns that the …
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