August 23, 2019
47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter (2019) --- “This Time The Fear Goes Deeper.”
Hello, Movie Buffs!
Thanks to Jaws, shark films are known as horror films with science fiction storytelling that left the audience with a deep fear of going into the water. Since Jaws there have been a number of shark films, some have been cheesy like Sharktopus or the Sharknado series, while others have managed to be thrilling and almost eloquent pieces of entertainment like The Shallows (2016) or The Meg (2018). Nevertheless, these films somehow manage to almost always amass a ton of fans and prove that no matter the quality, shark films will always remain a cult classic. So it comes as no surprise that 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) - directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, Storage 24) and co-written alongside Ernest Riera (47 Meters Down) - is an intense and dramatic shark film that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the end. The first film, 47 Meters (2017), only intended to be a B-rated film and it is one of the best ones ever made, and this film achieves the same goal and also adds to the intensity. Of course, it is not a flawless film but the pace moved the story along and kept things interesting.
After relocating to a Mexican beach town with her undersea explorer father Grant (John Corbett), his new wife (Nia Long), and stepsister Sasha (Corinne Foxx), Mia (Sophie Nélisse) struggles to fit in thanks to the bullying of local mean girls and a stepsister who acts like she doesn’t exist. When their father schedules for them to take a touristy shark-seeing trip as a sort of bonding experience, the girls decided to skip it and instead spend the day with Sasha’s friends Nicole (Sistine Stallone) and Alexa (Brianne Tju). The four girls head off to a remote area and later decided to go diving through the remains of an ancient Mayan city. Unfortunately, the fun experience quickly turns into a terrifying battle for survival when the girls discover that the ruins are inhabited by old and evolved great white sharks. With their air supply steadily dwindling, the frightened girls must work together to navigate the underwater labyrinth of claustrophobic caves and eerie tunnels in search of a way back to the surface.
The cast performances were great. Sophie Nélisse (Netflix’ Close, The Book Thief), Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, and Brianne Tju (Scream: The Tv Series, Light as a Feather) were all great as the main characters and each one portrayed four different reactions to their situation. All were scared but some were able to push through it more than those who ended up being hysterical almost to the point of hyperventilating. John Corbett (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) was great in his role as Mia’s father, Grant. I am glad that he had a good amount of screen time and even though one scene of his was expected it was also unexpected at the same time. The rest of the cast - Nia Long (NCIS: LA), Khylin Rhambo (Ender’s Game, Teen Wolf), Davis Santos (Tell Me a Story), and Bec Bassinger (The Goldbergs, Stargirl) - may have had small roles and limited screen time but what they delivered was great.
Overall, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) is a shark film that achieves what it set out to do: entertain audiences with thrills, scares, and drama. The story had its flaws and was a bit predictable but the pace kept things interesting. The cast performances were great, especially from the four main characters, whos performances were what would make or break the film. All in all, this is a great film and if your a fan of shark films or you saw the first film then I highly recommend this one.
Final Vote --- 7 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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