The Shallows

We had a nice saturday evening with this modern days Jaws…
In the middle of February’s greyness, spending an evening with surfers on a hidden Mexican beach really felt good. What felt even better was to see them being eaten by a giant angry shark.
I haven’t spoiled anything yet, an horror movie with sharks never ends up without a few people being eaten…

While the acting is good, it’s especially the shooting that made The Shallows enjoyable. Everytime someone enters the water, the camera is at the right place to make you feel the imminent doom.

A bit like 127 Hours, the movie does good at making us wondering what we would have done to escape the shark. I would have died swimming at night to the beach, thinking that the shark was gone.

But, unlike James Franco, Blake Lively gets out of this dire situation in a very not credible way. Here comes the spoiler: Nancy, a med school student manages to stitch hereself with her unsterilized earrings and spends more than 24 hours on a rock without going septic after having been beaten by a shark. But that’s not all, she also manages to trick the giant white shark into impaling itself on a piece of metal at least 10 meters below the surface.
I know that I’m supposed to set my brain on standby when I watch this kind of movie, but that’s a bit too much, even for the brainless me. Even an evening with Jason Voorhees is less asking, probably because it doesn’t try to be as realistic as The Shallows.

Anyway, The Shallows is a good movie for an entertaining evening. Remember: don’t think too much.

The Expanse

The Expanse is an amazing TV show, probably the best science-fiction show of the moment, if not the best I’ve ever seen. It mixes all my favourite elements: a noire detective story, plot twists and space battles. The story is great and I have the feeling that, after the first season, we have only seen a fragment of what is going to unfold throughout the entire show.

The series is based on the New York Times book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). Abraham and Franck are also the show producers.

I won’t get started about the TV tastes of nowadays people, but it’s a pity that science-fiction shows are constantly under the threat of being cancelled for low audience. Happily, the second season is already being aired and, thanks to Netflix, the third season has been green lit. They even speak about at least 5 seasons. My only regret is that there aren’t more episodes per season and that there aren’t already 10 seasons out because I could spend a week on an asteroid belt right now.

The Neighbor

I had quite a good time watching this movie last night. Not only because it was cold and rainy, and I was comfortably installed in the couch with my fluffy white blanket, but because the Neighbor is a cool movie that’s perfect for a Saturday horror night.

Without spoiling too much about the actual storyline, I will just briefly summarize the movie. John and Rosie are planning to leave town in order to start a new and better life. When Rosie goes missing, John suspects his weird neighbor of having something to do with her disappearance. While investigating and sneaking around in his neighbors’ house, he discovers the disturbing secrets he’s been hiding in his cellar.

The story is great with several unexpected plottwists. What seemed to be the subject of the movie at the beginning, took a huge u-turn in the middle and ended up in a completely different direction. It was quite a nice surprise which I loved. There is a good flow to the storyline, once the action starts rolling, and the sense of dread builds up quite nicely as well.

Even though there isn’t much time for real character developement, I thought that the casting was great. Josh Stewart, the actor that plays John, carried the movie quite well. The characters were credible which, in my opinion, was more than enough for this kind of movie. After all, all that matters is surviving.

If you like Marcus Dunstans’ “The Collector”, I’m sure you’ll like this one. Like I’ve said before, it’s perfect for a Saturday horror night.