47 Meters Down picks up with two sisters on vacation in Mexico. Lisa (Mandy Moore) invited her younger sister Kate (Claire Holt) on this vacation after being dumped by her boyfriend back home, who claimed Lisa was "too boring". Lisa came to Mexico to prove her boyfriend wrong, thinking that if she shows her adventurous side, he will want her back. This leads the sisters to go cage diving with great white sharks. When their line snaps, they are trapped 47 meters down, at the bottom of the ocean, being circled by multiple sharks. With limited contact to the surface and limited oxygen, the two sisters must work together to survive long enough to be rescued.
In case you didn't know, this film was initially produced to be straight to home release, so on digital retailers and Blu-Ray. Thanks to the success of the relatively small budgeted (and MUCH better) film, The Shallows, it got a theatrical release. This explains how nontheatrical the look of the film is. It feels like a YouTube video on the big screen. I've seen films by actual YouTubers in theatres that looked better than this film. Sure, the movie is currently making money, but still, this film should have stayed out of theatres. The cinematography is rather stale and the atmosphere of the film feels very fake. The shots of the cage slamming against the ocean floor look especially bad.
To be fair, this film has some cool ideas. For one, the film sort of got me when characters were either short of oxygen and are about to suffocate, or are swimming in total darkness, unaware of their surroundings, including above and below. These scenes can get genuinely tense, until a character starts spewing dialogue. These are the only moments in which I had any enjoyment while sitting in the theatre. But hey, the couple in front of me was cheering and gasping throughout the film, so to each their own. I must also say that the film is very short. It's lean and it gets right into things within at least ten minutes. It's ninety minutes, but felt seventy-five at most.
If you are craving to sink your teeth into a shark movie this summer, just watch The Shallows. Wait, what am I talking about? Jaws. WATCH JAWS! That film is forty years old and it has yet to meet its match. This isn't a Jaws review, but still, go watch Jaws. 47 Meters Down will more than likely be on my worst of the year list come December. At least is wasn't nearly as bad as The Book of Henry, which I saw a few days ago. Before I mention any other film in this 47 Meters Down review, I'll just end it. Don't see this film.
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