MOVIE REVIEW: The Shallows (2016)

As if all the promotional materials are not enough to stress out the horror that is The Shallows, the film begins with a flash-forward where a young boy finds a GoPro camera on the beach and learns a terrifying shark attack through the latest footage. It’s a good cold open that follows the usual scenes where the story builds up through the protagonist’s back story: the happy part where everyone is smiling and bad omens lingers. There even go the lively soundtracks used either to stretch out the narrative or merely to necessitate the contrast.

In all fairness to Jaume Collet-Serra’s latest feature, everything is compacted to an hour and a half of Blake Lively, gorgeous and all, then wounded and exhausted, then back to being gorgeous (save for that horrendous scar).

Lively plays med student Nancy who needs some time alone and decides to seek out the favorite Mexican beach of her late mother. Thanks to her smartphone and the believable phone signal in the area, we get to be acquainted with her father who is against her plan to drop from school, her kid sister who wishes she could have joined the trip, and of course the latest gadget of parent company Sony. She wishes peace, only she has no idea that the unnamed waters offer much of the opposite.

With her surfboard as her sole company, she conquers the waves and befriends some locals along the way. It is only by the end of her first day that she realizes the consequences of her ordeals. The challenge starts with the appearance of a great white shark that seems to be there just to bully around. Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively has turned into a fierce performer in the most outrageous stints 200 yards from the shore.

For a film that heavily relies on a single actor, The Shallows delivers with excitement all throughout its tight runtime. It is not even a question of whether it would be tiring to witness her frustrations granted her wound, the unpredictability of the weather, and the terrors of being alone in the middle of nowhere. What a fitting struggle for survival that is equally affecting and horrifying.

And as everything comes to an end, the crowd would just obviously cheer for the action-packed climax followed by a resolution that touches the human heart. The energy is there—something that The Shallows recognizes, not only for the sake of its audience, but most importantly for the very motion of its narrative.

WATCH: Jovovich, co-stars invite PH fans for ‘Resident Evil: Final Chapter’

Columbia Pictures has revealed the action-packed first trailer for the sixth installment of the sci-fi, action horror film series, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.” No less than lead star Milla Jovovich and fellow castmembers Ali Larter and William Levy introduce the trailer with a special greeting for Philippine fans. The trailer may be viewed below.

The first one-sheet art has also been unveiled, showing Jovovich’s Alice taking a knee as she pops her guns.

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is the final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom’s hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote the screenplay, returns, along with lead star Jovovich.

Picking up immediately after the events in “Resident Evil: Retribution,” Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

The film also stars Ali Larter (“Resident Evil: Afterlife”) as Claire Redfield, Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones,” “Resident Evil: Extinction”) in the role of Dr. Alexander Isaacs, Shawn Roberts (“Resident Evil: Afterlife”) as Albert Wesker, Australian actress Ruby Rose (“Orange is the New Black”) as Abigail, Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”) as Doc, Cuban-American actor William Levy, as Christian; Fraser James (“Law & Order: UK”) as Michael, and Japanese model and TV personality, Rola, as Cobalt.

Opening in Philippine cinemas on January 2017, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, the local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: New trailer for mystery thriller ‘Arrival’ has landed

Columbia Pictures has just launched the teaser trailer for acclaimed director Denis Villenueve’s much anticipated new film after “Sicario” – the mystery thriller “Arrival” starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Watch the trailer here below.

Synopsis: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Arrival” is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.