47 Meters Down (2017) Movie Review
Written By: JASR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Johannes Roberts
Producers: Byron Allen, Mark Borde, et al.
Writers: Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera
Date Released: June 16, 2017 (USA)
Mandy Moore as Lisa
Claire Holt as Kate
Chris Johnson as Javier
Yani Gellman as Louis
Santiago Segura as Benjamin
Matthew Modine as Captain Taylor
Rating = 2.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
47 Meters Down (2017) is about sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) who go on vacation in Mexico. After meeting two local men, the sisters decide to go shark cage diving. Some trouble with the mechanism causes the cage to sink to the bottom – 47 meters below the surface. As the girls’ location is not within communication range with the boat, Kate swims up a few meters to be able to reach Taylor (Matthew Modine) with her radio. The rescue doesn’t go as planned, and the girls must keep finding ways to get back to the surface – avoiding shark attacks in the process.
There were scenes where the sisters would get wounded underwater, but I don’t think that would be classified as gore. The sight of blood in this movie is very easy to tolerate. If there’s one thing to look out for, it’s the shockingly abrupt appearances of sharks – but really nothing gory.
The Grave Review
At first glace, 47 Meters Down (2017) feels like a very common film in which sharks are the main antagonist in the film as seen in films as early as Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. However, what is nice about this film is that it not only delivers nerve-wracking jump scares providing anticipation to the viewer, but also provides a backstory to the characters which may be their undoing. In this respect, the film excelled at the sheer excitement from these uncomfortable situations.
Another interesting aspect of 47 Meters Down (2017) is that it takes the same cinematic format as an episode from The Walking Dead. As soon as one obstacle is overcome, to no surprise, another one is right behind it.
I must also commend the fact that the crew made the actors use full face diving masks that allowed them to speak. If they used standard regulators, it would have definitely been difficult to execute the whole movie.
A shark movie is never complete without good sound effects. For this movie, the sound effects always arrived in a timely manner – successfully giving the audience a little shock. The way the sounds were executed in every shark appearance got me so stunned.
The ending was also executed well. The latter part of the movie prepared the audience for the ending by giving minor clues and a little foreshadowing, but I still did not expect that ending. Until the end, the movie stayed true to how it plays with the viewer’s emotions.
Viewers who are professional or accustomed divers may nitpick some details, but non-experts will enjoy this movie just fine. In this way, some scenes may seem unrealistic and somewhat silly. But from a general perspective, the film was entertaining enough.
Because of the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives 47 Meters Down (2017) two and a half graves out of five graves.
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