Very different than all the other "man/woman vs shark" movies. It was very beautifully shot and very differently cinematography. Not gratuitous and pretty evenly paced. I probably wouldn't pick it for a Saturday night, but it was good for an afternoon when you are resting up or have a cold. Ok, so I don't know who Blake Lively is, maybe that means I'm old, but she was good. And yes, 100% percent suspend your belief. No one would go trot off on their own without a 'check on me in 4 hrs' if I'm not back.
This has become one of my all time favorite movies. Far fetched . . . yes, and no. A similar situation happened to me in my younger years. This is a movie about survival, instincts and using your thought process to get out of a bad situation. I loved the cinematography, the storyline was interesting and Blake Lively really pulled this one off. If you love the ocean, are fascinated with sharks and surfing, you will really enjoy this thriller. Gripping and keeps you on your seat. I watch it over and over again.
Up front: I admit it, I LOVE shark movies. I have ever since I was eleven and saw Jaws for the first time. That said, there have been a great many awful shark movies in the decades since then. Any time I hear about a new one coming out, I am hopeful but skeptical. I didn't know much about Blake Lively before this came out, so I wasn't sure she could carry the movie like she has to, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The movie itself is great - the plotline is somewhat plausible, if not totally believable, but this is a shark movie, so we should be parking our reality-checker pretty much at the door, anyway. I enjoyed the fast pace leading up to the initial girl-shark encounter and even enjoyed the slower-paced portion where she is just trying to figure out how to tend her wounds (thank goodness she's a med student!) and outwit the shark so she can survive. The filmography is beautiful - the location lends itself very well to the story, and the creature special effects are pretty darn good. Lots of reviewers question the fairly fantastical ending, and I concur that it just wouldn't happen in real life, but hey, it's a movie and it is both visually impressive and conclusive - no "did the shark survive?" here. I prefer that kind of ending, so I liked it.
From the reviews I really didn't know what to think but the description intrigued me. The cinematography was brilliant, the scenery really amazing and the shark looked pretty real for the most part. This is like the shark in Jaws but on steroids and incredibly determined considering there is a huge dead whale to dine on. However, the ingenuity of our heroine, Blake Lively, was really good and the movie held my interest. You felt her pain and terror and her fear in trying to figure out how to get out of this mess. She did an awesome job acting this and you paid attention - that's why 4 stars. However, the end or near the end it got silly and nope not going to spoil it. Is it worth watching - yes I think so - it held my interest and had me wondering where is this going. Not a classic movie but far from being bad.
I really liked this movie. Blake lively pulled off her character well, I was on edge the entire time. They pulled off the shark being bloodthirsty (heh heh) and animalistic without giving it some crazy agenda. Beautiful scenery, touching moments, and it went through the psychological and emotional motions of a person desperate, tired, and hurting. The filming was a bit shaky, but I think it only really bothered me in the beginning when there should have been more still shots. Lighting was excellent. Story was different. Kind of reminded me of Castway without the achingly long script with little to no climax. This was more thriller than drama. Only reason I didn't give 5 stars was the shakiness in the beginning, and the character arc which was kind of typical. Brush over that, you'll be sure to enjoy it for the ride it is
(Possible Spoiler) The problem with having a monster/disaster/horror movie with only one main character, is you pretty much know there's no way they're going to die until the last 10-15 minutes. This certainly doesn't guarantee they will die then, but the issue is that's a LOT of time to kill, where we know not much is going to happen, at least not to any character we know anything about. The movie's not bad, but it's incredibly slow and drawn out, considering the one character's life was definitely secure for the first 90% of it.
This was a very predictable movie. After the first scene, we had most of the movie figured out. It was easy to guess what was going to happen next before it took place. We were looking for a movie that wasn't hard to follow & that we didn't have to concentrate on. This one fit the bill. It had a good story line and all tied together nicely. If you like predictable movies, this one will hold your interest.