Saw "The Shallows" (2016) today. Pleasant little surprise. Solid, efficient and very intense little movie. A mashup of "JAWS" and "Cast Away" with a bit of "Gravity" thrown in. It is R-rated, so I wouldn't take little ones to see it. Could easily give them nightmares (as an occasional Pacific ocean swimmer, it'll probably give ME nightmares, who am I kidding? ). Surfer/med student "Nancy" (Blake Lively) goes to a little secluded cove in Mexico, where her mother used to go swimming/surfing when she was carrying her. Shark enters the cove. Really bad stuff happens. There is more to it than that of course, but that is the essence of this taut little movie (under 90 min.). There is very little excess weight in this lean little survival thriller. << "Just STFU about "Green Lantern", alright?!" The direction (by Spanish filmmaker Jeam Collet-Serra) has a wannabe-Alfonso Cuaron feel to it. Blake Lively is truly excellent in the lead. She carries the movie very well (much like Tom Hanks in "Cast Away" or Matt Damon in "The Martian"). She and her husband Ryan Reynolds ("Deadpool") have fully redeemed themselves for that waste of my life force that was 2011's "Green Lantern."
As a Pompey supporter I'm used to drivel but last night was one of the worst games since the Algeria match in the 2010 World Cup. I've long accepted that we'll probably never be world class or win a major cup (I'll write this in the vain hope I jinx it and they do win one day) but it's just maddening. Well done to Iceland, I like plucky underdogs and for a country that has 330,000 odd people living there to beat a team with the biggest value in terms of players (apparently so sayseth the Daily Mail) shows grit. Might just go ahead with plans to seek residence in Germany. What worries me, a little, is that we have Malta in the World Cup qualifiers a team that previously I'd thought we'd beat comfortably but now I'm not so sure, ha. (Oh and Lithuania and Slovenia). At least Roy quit sharpish (I half imagined he would as the final whistle went). I wonder if he did it in the toilets like Keegan did after Germany won the last game at the old Wembley.
^ Good post. Very much agree; a strong story should be the bedrock of any good movie. And on your last line, I'm (sadly) inclined to agree again... high concept science fiction doesn't seem to be in the cards anytime soon for theatrical ST. But perhaps we might get lucky with a decent little adventure story. One can hope, right?