47 Me­ters Down

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Movies - – Ch­ester Chin

(★★★✩✩)

ONE learns quickly on this B-grade shark fest that you shouldn’t do things to im­press an ex. That’s the in­ten­tion of Lisa (Mandy Moore verg­ing on hys­ter­ics in like 65% of the film’s tight 85-minute run­ning time) when she agrees to go cage div­ing in shark-in­fested wa­ters with her worldly younger sis­ter Kate (The Vam­pire Di­aries’ Claire Holt).

But that ad­ven­ture soon lands both in deep trou­ble when the crane hold­ing onto the pro­tec­tive cage snaps, and the sis­ters plum­met 47m into the ocean. What fol­lows is a grip­ping and har­row­ing or­deal as the sib­lings fend off the un­der­wa­ter preda­tors.

If the plot sounds overly sim­plis­tic, that’s be­cause 47 Me­ters Down works on a rel­a­tively no-frills, yet ef­fec­tively spooky man­ner. The un­der­wa­ter scenes are re­mark­able, pro­vid­ing am­ple tem­plate for direc­tor Jo­hannes Roberts to cre­ate an in­sid­i­ous at­mos­phere that keeps you at the edge of your seats.

The ba­nal jump scares and su­per ba­sic di­a­logues might de­ter so­phis­ti­cated view­ers. But sub­mit your­self into the movie’s cloy­ing un­der­wa­ter claus­tro­pho­bia, and you might ac­tu­ally think twice about go­ing into the ocean.

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