August 19, 2019
47 Meters Down (2017) --- “No Hope From Above, No Hope Down Below. How Do You Survive the World’s Greatest Predators?”
Hello, Movie Buffs!
Two sisters, Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Clair Holt), are vacationing in Mexico and after some extra persuasion from Kate, the sisters agree to go cage diving in shark-infested waters. Everything seems to be going smoothly as the thrill-seeking sister come face to face with a group of majestic great whites. However, things quickly change for the worse and their worst fears become a reality when the cage breaks away from the boat, sending them crashing to the ocean floor. With less than an hour of oxygen left, no communication with the surface, and 47 meters of shark infested water standing between them and the surface, the sisters must fight for every minute of survival. The question remains: will they survive long enough to be rescued? Or will they be the sharks’ next meal?
Directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Storage 24) and co-written alongside Ernest Riera (47 Meters Down: Uncaged), 47 Meters Down (2017) is a thrilling, entertaining, and solid shark-attack film that will keep you guessing until the very end. This film is not without its flaws but they seem inconsequential to the entire scope of the film. Although the film had a slow start at the box office, I could easily see this film stand up alongside other big shark films like Deep Blue Sea (1999), Open Water (2003), The Shallows (2016), and even The Meg (2018). Unlike most films in this genre, 47 Meters doesn’t start off with a boring and poorly executed set up, in fact, it only gives enough room to set up the film’s beginning and then jumps right into the thrill of the story. All in all, the story does exactly what it set out to do and without all the unnecessary frills.
The script left a few things to be desired and its most likely the reason why some of the actings suffered a bit. Mandy Moore (This is Us) has always been one of my more favorite actresses, she has a classy nature that has never disappointed me. As for Clair Holt, I have been a fan of hers since I first saw her in H2O: Just Add Water (2006-2008), and then later in the CW’s TV shows The Vampire Diaries (2011-2014) and its companion series The Originals (2013-2018). The two portray completely different characters but they have great chemistry as sisters, they could even pass for sisters based on their looks.
Overall, 47 Meters Down (2017) exceeded my expectations. The story was thrilling from beginning to end and had me at the edge of my seat the entire time, just when I thought I figured it out, the story did a complete turnaround, making me question everything. The cast performances were good but could have been better if they were given a better script, however, this seems to be a major theme throughout most shark-attack films. All in all, I greatly enjoyed this film and cannot wait to see its sequel 47 Metters Down: Uncaged (2019) very soon.
Final Vote --- 7.5 of 10 stars
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47 Meters Down (2017)
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)
Bait 3D (2012)
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
The Meg (2018)
Open Water (2004)
Piranha 3D (2010)
Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)
Shark Night 3D (2011)
The Shallows (2016)
Wish Upon (2017)
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