Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sony has released one last trailer for Blake Lively‘s summer shark movie The Shallows, and it may just be the best one yet. Instead of B-movie gore or schmaltzy backstory, it offers a stern lecture about self-reliance, all set to gorgeous, sun-dappled scenes of Nancy (Lively) preparing to get into the water. “Yes sir, it’s hard work to become self reliant,” a voice says firmly. But, he continues, “If you’re not self-reliant, you’l never do any more than just get by.”
It’s a weird choice that pays off, setting an intriguingly off-kilter tone for everything we see onscreen. Hopefully Nancy can hear the same narration we can, because she’s going to need all the self-reliance she can muster to survive the imminent shark attack. Watch the latest The Shallows trailer after the jump.
If that narration sounds like something out of a midcentury instructional video, well, that’s because it is. It’s a snippet from the 1951 short film “Developing Self Reliance.” It’s an unusual way to introduce the themes of the film, making The Shallows seem like something more interesting — thoughtful, artsier — than your typical thriller. At any rate, it sure beats another slowed-down cover of a stale pop hit.
The Shallows looks like a breath of fresh air, and not just because it takes place on a breezy beach. In a summer season clogged with blockbuster sequels, each one bigger and more complicated than the last, The Shallows is a taut, original thriller with a dead-simple premise. Sometimes, that’s all you need.
The Shallows opens June 29.
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In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.