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47 Meters Down


Directed by: Johannes Roberts
Written by: Johannes Roberts
Cast: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine
Studio: Dimension Films
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot: Mandy Moore vs sharks. What else do you need to know?


Sisters Lisa (singer Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are on vacation in Mexico and decide to go on a boating excursion where they will spend time suspended underwater in a shark cage observing the local great white population. An equipment malfunction occurs during their dive and now the sisters are stranded 47 meters down and running out of oxygen. Worse still, the massive sharks they came to swim amongst surround them, making rescue or escape almost impossible. Will help arrive in time?…or will the sisters become the next meal for the hungry predators.

Originally due to hit theaters back in 2016, 47 Meters Down is a fun and tense action/thriller from director Johannes Roberts (The Other Side Of The Door) which he co-wrote with Ernest Riera. Sure, there is suspension of disbelief and we could have used a bit more shark action, but Roberts keeps the flick moving fast at 80+ minutes and the action of one kind or another is almost constant. There is some nice tension in the atmosphere and we get some engaging and suspenseful set-pieces throughout. It’s all very well staged and the underwater photography avoids being murky, so we never loose track of what is going on. Roberts’ sharks obviously pop up at the most inconvenient times and that adds to the fun and the filmmaker even has the audacity to play with our emotions a bit in the tense last act. And as there are sharks, there is some blood, but the bloodletting is sparse, so when it does come, it has impact and is surprisingly gruesome. The film can be predictable at times, though even when it does, it’s still works to an entertaining degree, as some of the familiar elements are what we came expecting to see from a shark movie anyway.

The cast is small with the focus mostly on Moore and Holt while they spend their terrifying ordeal in the shark cage. Both ladies do well in creating likable and sympathetic characters for us to become endeared to. One of the reasons the film works as well as it does is we like these two girls and want to see them rescued. Matthew Modine plays the tour ship’s captain, but is mostly heard on the radio communicating with his trapped customers and is fine in a role which didn’t really need a name actor.

Simply, this was a fun little movie featuring babes vs sharks. There is some nice suspense and tension, likable characters and when we do get some bloodletting, it is effective and surprisingly gruesome. It can be predictable and we are asked to suspend belief more than once, but the film still entertains and doesn’t try to be any more than it is. A fun underwater thriller with enough bite to keep our interest. More of a straight up action flick than the recent shark drama The Shallows which will obviously draw comparisons.

-MonsterZero NJ

timmyd at 04:56 PM Jun 16

nice . definitely checking this out.

Grim Newmoon
Grim Newmoon at 09:45 PM Jun 20

Likeable characters? Gruesome? I think we saw different movies.

Shallows >>> 47

MonsterZeroNJ at 12:10 PM Jun 21

Maybe we did! I actually first saw this last year as a screener when it was going direct to DVD and was called In The Deep. Some of the gore might have been excised for the PG-13 rating when they decided to go theatrical…and I liked both girls. Everyone has a right to their own tastes and opinion.

Grim Newmoon
Grim Newmoon at 07:17 PM Jun 22

Oh, that sucks. I bet they did pull some gore to make the rating.

It's not that I hate the girls, I just think they were pretty middle-of-the-road characters. I thought Moore's character was too much of a pushover, and the other girl was kinda whiny.

Anyway, thanks for the reading material. You've got a lot of great reviews.

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