June 16, 2017

You might never go or want to try scuba diving again after seeing this little far fetched by often terrifying film 47 Meters Down.

Lisa (Mandy Moore) is on vacation in Mexico with her sister Kate (Claire Holt) after Lisa was dumped by her boyfriend, who considers her way too boring. Kate decides what better way to get back at her ex-boyfriend than meeting up with some hot local men Louis (Yani Gellman) and Javier (Chris Johnson) who convince them to get on a riggity old looking boat lead by Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine) to get the perfect Instagram pictures with great white sharks to make her Ex-Boyfriend Jealous. Seriously, this all happens because they want the perfect instagram and social media pictures.

The sisters get in the sketchy boat and jump into a rickety shark cage that looks like it is from the 1970's Jaws film to get up close and personal with some great white sharks. This might sound dumb and stupid and that is because it is. It doesn't take long for us to be submerged in the ocean with the sisters (maybe 10-15 minutes tops is spent on a back story getting us to the boat) but once the cage breaks away from the boat and they fall 47 Meters to the ocean floor which also happens to be 7 metters out of radio range from the boat the movie dives into a tense thriller that doesn't slow down.

Director Johannes Roberts doesn't go over board with the use of the great whites. He takes his time with them so when they make their prescence known it is all the more terrifying and jump worthy. The most terrifying parts of "47 Meters Down" is the dark, vast and silent depths of the water. One part in particular when Lisa has to leave the cage shows just how unforgiving the depths of the ocean can be.

You really don't have much character development but that doesn't stop Mandy Moore and Claire Holt from giving amazing performances. One of the downfalls to this film is that both actors are in scuba gear for about 95% of the film so we don't get to see their facial reactions but that doesn't stop them both from providing convincing performances of two women under duress.

I give this film 3 out of 5 meatballs. This is nothing more than a good B-Movie Thriller that plays off our fears of what lies beneath in the ocean. It provides great jump scare moments that will have you screaming at the screen and a third act that is way more fun than expected after the pacing of the first two acts.

- Wonderful

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