47 Meters Down (2017)

If the sharks don’t get ya, the dreaded bends will!

Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

Originally intended for a VOD release last year, 47 Meters Down was saved by the overwhelming success of shock hit The Shallows and was pulled back a week before its release and slated for a theatrical run instead. Yes, it certainly has the qualities of a B-Grade movie, but truthfully I am glad I got to see this on the big screen.

Johannes Roberts, who is following up from the underwhelming supernatural thriller ‘The Other Side of the Door’ delivers a low budget but highly effective shark survival thriller.

Shark films have always been a guilty pleasure of mine (and probably always will be), but only recently has my opinion swayed on what these fun films instigate… which is nothing but a negative impact on the reputation of sharks and further culling on these beautiful creatures. Soooo, putting aside my feelings (sue me!), this surprisingly has got to be one of the better sharks films out there. It is pure popcorn pleasure!

Although thoroughly enjoyable, the film is chock-a-block full of flaws! We are painfully introduced to Lisa (Mandy Moore) where we very quickly find out that she has been dumped by her ex… wait for it… for being boring. Henceforward, the shark diving experience is nothing but a ‘cool’ photo opportunity to impress the ex. COME ON!

The characterization is far from strong. Both Moore and Claire Holt are gorgeous and do what they can with the script, but Moore’s character is extremely unlikable, and Holt is nothing but a one dimensional party girl. The dialogue is clunky, and oh lordy is it heavy with exposition… I am now well versed in what ‘the bends’ are…

What Roberts does succeed in, is the terrific job of utilizing that gut wrenching fear of dark open water. The surrounding environment is portrayed in a tremendously spooky fashion. There a few nail biting point of view moments where we as an audience see nothing but a few meters of murky pitch black water, anxiously waiting for something to surface from the depths.

Although the characters are ugly and the dialogue quickly becomes eye rolling, 47 Meters Down is a tight 89-minute thriller. It is trashy, but deliciously dumb and if it wasn’t, I don’t think this movie would have been as amusing. The underwater scenes are shot extremely well and for a low budget film the CGI sharks are impressive creatures. 47 Meters Down is worth the gamble and worth the extra wait, one particular jump scare works a beauty on the big screen. All that needed to happen was for Roberts to end the film just thirty seconds sooner!

6.0 / 10

“It’s like you’re going to the zoo – except you’re in the cage”

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