On the rebound after a devastating break-up, Lisa (Mandy Moore) is ready for adventure while on vacation in Mexico. Even still, she needs a little extra persuasion when her daring sister Kate (Claire Holt) suggests they go shark diving with some locals. Once underwater in a protective cage, Lisa and Kate catch a once in a lifetime, face-to-face look at majestic Great Whites. But when their worst fears are realized and the cage breaks away from their boat, they find themselves plummeting to the bottom of the seabed, too deep to radio for help without making themselves vulnerable to the savage sharks, their oxygen supplies rapidly dwindling. 47 METERS DOWN is a terrifying tale of survival set in the domain of the ocean’s fiercest creatures.
What We Thought:
I didn’t have very high expectations for 47 Meters Down. Honestly, I went in hoping it would be horrifically bad. I told people I wanted to laugh at it, not with it. Unfortunately it doesn’t get to that level of awfulness. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a good movie in the slightest, but I genuinely wanted a “So bad It’s Good” movie and I didn’t get that.
Maybe because Blake Lively’s The Shallows did double its budget last year in theaters or maybe it’s because Mandy Moore is hot again because of her TV show This Is Us, but I have no idea why this film is getting a summer release. Ok it involves sharks and sharks equal summertime, but this movie has no right competing against blockbusters.
It’s not scary enough to be considered a horror movie. It’s pretty much just a deeper version of Open Water. That film is from 2003 and involves people who were scuba diving and getting left alone in “open water”. This involves Mandy Moore and Claire Holt swimming with sharks and their cage coming loose and sinking, wait for it, 47 meters down.
All the tropes of films like this are there. They run out of air. There is blood in the water. The cage pins one of them. Sharks attack. One of them has a plan and the other is scared. None of it did anything for me. People around me talked at the movie during the movie so maybe they enjoyed it. I think that’s what it is, a movie for stupid people to talk back to the movie and tell the characters they aren’t doing things the right way. Because let’s be honest, the idiot couple at the movie has been in this situation before and knows exactly what to do.
47 Meters Down is pretty much what you expect it to be. It’s about 90 minutes of Mandy Moore in deep water trying to survive. It’s not as awful as it could/should be, but it’s not good either. The ending is a cop-out and I can see this film being forgotten quickly.
Cast & Crew:
- Mandy Moore
- Claire Holt
- Matthew Modine
Recommended If You Like:
- The Shallows
- Open Water
- Mandy Moore