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47 ME­TRES DOWN (M)

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE | HOROSCOPES - WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

PUTTING UP A FRIGHT TO THE VERY LAST BITE

DI­REC­TOR: JO­HANNES ROBERTS (THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR)

STAR­RING: MANDY MOORE, CLAIRE HOLT, MATTHEW MO­DINE, CHRIS JOHN­SON, YANI GELLMAN, SAN­TI­AGO SE­GURA

RAT­ING:

Ashort, sharp and schlocky shark-at­tack thriller, 47 Me­tres Down won’t be win­ning any awards for orig­i­nal­ity. How­ever, in terms of per­suad­ing us to con­sider can­celling all sea­side hol­i­days un­til fur­ther no­tice, a jolt­ing job is, in fact, quite well done.

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt play Lisa and Kate, Amer­i­can sis­ters who ap­pear to have booked their Mex­i­can va­ca­tion with the same travel agent Blake Lively must have used in last year’s narky-sharky box-of­fice hit The Shal­lows.

The ladies’ good times swiftly plum­met to un­ex­pect­edly bad depths when an un­der­wa­ter sight­see­ing mishap leaves them trapped in­side a rusty cage on the ocean floor.

Their air sup­plies will soon be run­ning out. Some hu­mungous killer sharks will soon be clos­ing in.

Just as char­ac­ter back sto­ries are kept to a bare min­i­mum – Kate is the sen­si­ble one with rudi­men­tary div­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Lisa is the pan­icky one who just broke up with her boyfriend – so too are the plot­ting lo­gis­tics fram­ing this life-or-death sit­u­a­tion.

Help is just out of ra­dio range. The girls have to get out of the cage to re­ceive res­cue up­dates from the dodgy sailor who dropped them in the drink in the first place.

His name is Cap­tain Tay­lor (Matthew Mo­dine), and all you need to know about him is that he owns two sets of the weak­est winch­ing ca­bles on the high seas.

Oh, and if you’re won­der­ing why Lisa and Kate can’t just make a rapid swim for it up­wards when the coast is clear, there’s the killer curse of the bends pre­vent­ing that.

To as­cend to the sur­face, they will have to make reg­u­lar stops along the way. Not a good idea when there’s a bunch of fam­ished sharks the size of school buses ready to pounce at a sec­ond’s no­tice.

Though the hero­ines make some ter­ri­bly dumb moves in their bid to sur­vive the or­deal, the script’s clever re­minders about deep-sea dos and don’ts will keep view­ers in­vested in as­cer­tain­ing the fi­nal out­come.

With shark movies, it is all about when to un­leash mo­ments of des­per­ate panic, and when to reel them back in with pe­ri­ods of calm­ing clar­ity.

47 Me­tres Down gets it right most of the time, strik­ing an ef­fec­tive bal­ance be­tween all the teas­ing and the teething cru­cial to the genre.

CLAIRE HOLT AND MANDY MOORE PLAY SIS­TERS WHO END UP TRAPPED IN­SIDE A RUSTY CAGE ON THE OCEAN FLOOR IN 47 ME­TRES DOWN.

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