47 Meters Down
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.