47 Meters Down
Directed By: Johannes Roberts
Starring: Many Moore, Claire Holt, Chris Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura, Matthew Modine
While on vacation in Mexico, sisters Lisa and Kate decide to go cage diving with a pair of handsome strangers. After watching the guys dive go off without a hitch, the girls enter the cage and prepare to view sharks up close. As they watch the sharks, however, one of the sharks grabs the cage and snaps the cable tethering them to the boats. After they land on the ocean floor, they race against time to get rescued by the people in the boat before their air runs out, or they get eaten by one of the sharks that’s still circling the area.
As far as ticking-clock movies go, I’ve definitely seen better. Despite the fact that the main characters are literally stranded at the bottom of the ocean and surrounded by sharks, the sense of urgency needed for a film like this doesn’t really start until more than halfway through. And, although they give it their best efforts, Mandy Moore and Claire Holt don’t seem to quite give off a sisterly vibe, and seem come off more as somewhat close friends. There are also a few questionable character choices, but those are more forgivable as they tend to be typical of pretty much every movie ever made.
The special effects are okay. Much of the movie was filmed underwater, with depth added into the background. Despite advances in digital rendering, liquids and living beings remain a couple of the things that are notoriously difficult to render, and from what I can tell, the sharks were also digitally added in most scenes, though they’re rarely close enough for a long enough period of time to scrutinize every detail. There’s also a scene near the end where blood is shown to be floating off a character’s hand, which doesn’t look very real, but in that circumstance, it’s a bit forgivable, as that character isn’t in their right mind at the time.
This movie wobbled between being a theatrical release and going straight to video, but with the recent rise of popularity for shark-related movies, they decided to go with theatrical. Unfortunately, that wobble resulted in choppy dialogue and a slightly abrupt ending. While the movie itself is mildly entertaining, it’s probably not something that people would be itching to spend tones of money on. I would also definitely not recommend it to anyone who has fears of the ocean/drowning, sharks, or tight spaces, since that’s what most of the movie is comprised of.
47 Meters Down is available free to stream from Netflix, and it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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