47 Meters Down – Sharks with not so much Bite! – Film Review
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 in 47 Meters Down.
With Shark week being on Discovery Channel this week, I thought it may be the ideal movie to check out at my local Cineworld in Llandudno and to see in the film directed by Johannes Roberts (Storage 24, The Other Side of the Door), would be a film that would excite or flounder in the depth of the sea.
Starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), the is simplistic that what we have the two sisters, one who has been dumped by her boyfriend, spending time in Mexico together and looking to have some fun and what better fun could there be than going into the sea inside a rusty old shark cage and being surrounded by great white sharks!
Not exactly my idea of fun and even taking one look at the cage I would have high-tailed it out of there and lazed around on the beach for the rest of the day, but no they both decide to brave the sea and take to the water. All seems to be going well until the cage plummets to 47 Meters to the sea bed!
What we have now is a film that stays below the sea with the sisters being menaced by a great white or two! Not being able to swim back up for their own safety, they start to run out of oxygen and patience as the ship’s captain (Matthew Modine), does his best to get them back to the boat. He even sends down his crew member to find them to attach a line to hoist them up, suffice to say that didn’t work, shark bait anyone!
For me on a personal level, I found 47 Meters Down very far fetched and not as scary as the trailers have made it out to be! And surely after a quick descent and the pressure of 47 Meters Down the oxygen tanks would run out far quicker than they did! I also found the film very drawn out, so much so that I found myself wondering when they would get eaten and the credits would start rolling.
Let’s face it sharks have a lot of bad press and bad movies and sadly, for me, this is one of those movies, maybe I’m spoilt with that Jaws for me is the ultimate shark movie or maybe it’s just that this one bored the pants off me!
47 Meters Down does have some good underwater camera work and a fairly good atmosphere under the water, but the film was just missing something and I really couldn’t put my finger on it