Love a good movie. You get your popcorn ready, some candy + a soda, and give yourself a chance to relax and escape the extra stresses of everyday life. Hollywood is the ultimate culprit of overdramatizing things, but why wouldn’t they? They’re Hollywood, the movie business is BOOMING.
Just to preface.. There are SPOILERS* in this article.
Obviously, fictional stories are fun to watch because they’re scenarios that would never happen in real life (yes.. I know there are dreamers), but sometimes realistic fiction takes a plot and goes a little too far with it. Did “Forrest Gump” really break through his ankle braces? (the pulling of our heart strings will always convince us he did). Did Michael Oher actually have to learn to play football for the first time as a 16 year old in “The Blind Side”?.. I can’t imagine this was the case
Movies are created solely to get a rise out of people, they’re for ENTERTAINMENT. So why would a film (unanimated) about a shark(s) ever be about a friendly one!? Point is, shark attacks in film are severely over dramatized. You’re more likely to get struck by lightning or popped in the head by a coconut than be attacked by a shark. But hey don’t get us wrong, that stuff is extremely entertaining. That’s why we’ve put together the 5 Greatest Shark Attacks In The Movies just for YOU.
Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” was one of the highest grossing films of its times, it surpassed the “GodFather” with $400 million in gross revenue and only lost out on the title once Star Wars rolled around. Jaws is packed with suspense and has you on the edge of your seat the entire time, I can’t deny that it gave me nightmares for some 2-3 months after seeing it as a child. But….
It’s unbelievably over dramatized! The chances of getting attacked by a shark are 1 in 3,748,067. That’s like picking the Cleveland Brown to win the Super Bowl next year!! One of the more gripping scenes comes at the beginning of the film when a child in the water is attacked off the shore of a fairly crowded beach. I’ll hold off on the imagery of this one, clearly we’re gonna need a bigger boat..
2. DEEP BLUE SEA
Deep Blue Sea is one of those movies you just have to shake your head at. Led by powerhouse stars LL. Cool J and Samuel L. Jackson, this one can essentially be categorized as a comedy. Awful dialogue and ridiculous casualties are what make this one a cheesy treasure. The ultimate attack in this one is Samuel L. Jackson’s EPIC end by a LONG shot. I’ll just leave this one right here.
3. 47 METERS DOWN
The newest of these films (2017), 47 Meters Down adds a unique flair to the traditional “shark attacks human near the shore” idea. Lots of people love the idea of going swimming with sharks, but the thought of going cage diving with great whites in an unfamiliar territory in Mexico is an entirely different story. Rusty chains and a clueless staff are to blame for Mandy Moore and her co-star’s delve into the deep that’ll have you feeling more claustrophobic than that time Ryan Reynolds was buried alive.
The most gruesome attack scene in 47 Meters Down comes when one of the boyfriends of the 2 protagonists is TORN APART after trying to rescue them. Although, the most bone chilling aspect of the film is the directors attempt at creating a push and pull on reality itself. A plot twist ending makes you question what’s real and what’s a mirage. Don’t get us wrong though, we aren’t trying to scare you from going cage diving!
4. The Shallows
If you thought we were gonna get through this post without mentioning the tale of an unfortunate surfer attacked by a shark, you were sadly mistaken. A predictable backstory plagued with family drama and a rebellious college girl looking to clear her head of stress becomes a recipe for disaster, when Nancy (played by Blake Lively) looks to out swim a great white who attacks her while surfing.
Although the best attack of the film comes at the expense of two locals Lively meets, the most cringeworthy moment comes when she uses her own jewelry as temporary stitches to weave though and hold her torn flesh together. Sure this one has twists and turns with some jumpy suspense here and there, but The Shallows ends up becoming more of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
5. Finding Nemo
This one’s not scary at all, no fatalities actually. It’s just a freaking classic. Ellen Degeneres is what makes this one, it’ll be a treasure for many many generations to come! All in all though, I can think of a particular quote that puts it all into perspective for us here at Rock The Ocean from Finding Nemo.
Don’t let the movies fool you, Sharks are completely misunderstood. Over 100 species are endangered due to commercial fishing and water pollution at the moment, and more than 100 million sharks are killed a year. So in theory, we harm them more than them us. They’re extremely important to the overall ocean biome, and are what keeps the aquatic ecosystems intact!
If you want to learn ways to get involved in preserving the lives of sharks or any other sea creature, check out Rock The Ocean to see how you can help make an impact in ocean and marine conservation.