47 Meters Down Reviews
DVD Movie Review: 47 Meters Down
Date Viewed: November 7 2017
Directed By Johannes Roberts (Roadkill, Storage 24 and The Other Side of the Door)
Written By Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera
Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago A. Segura and Matthew Modine.
Adrenaline, pure escapism and thrills, those are kinds of things I want in a cheesy B-movie like this. "47 Meters Down" is first-class, low budget thriller entertainment. Originally, the studio had initially wanted to release the film on Blu-Ray and DVD last year but when original distributor Dimension Films sold the rights to newcomer distributor Entertainment Studios, the new studio scrapped the direct-to-DVD plans and planned a theatrical release for the film instead. Surprisingly, they made the right decision, "47 Meters Down" which cost just $5.5 million to make had a solid opening weekend and it went on to gross $44.3 million in North America. Since it became a sleeper hit last summer, a sequel "48 Meters Down" is being scheduled for a release in 2019. Oh yeah, it also sort of revitalized Mandy Moore's film career.
"47 Meters Down" had no intentions on being Grade-A entertainment, it just wanted to be suspenseful and fun. The film revolves around two sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) who go on a holiday vacation to Mexico and they get invited by a pair of local men at a bar to go on a boat and cage dive where they'll come face-to-face with great white sharks. Lisa who just went through a tough break-up with her boyfriend becomes hesitant about traveling underwater because she isn't an experienced diver but Kate convinces her to take a chance because watching sharks from a diving cage will show Lisa's boyfriend that she isn't boring.
Their trip underwater soon turns into a living nightmare when the cable supporting the cage breaks plummeting Lisa and Kate 47 meters down into the ocean floor. With their communication out of range and with less than an hour of oxygen left in their tanks, Lisa and Kate are stuck with limited options. They can either get out of the cage and swim up to the surface or wait until help arrives. However, there are great white sharks stalking them in every direction so Lisa and Kate must figure out a way to get out of this mess and avoid becoming fish food.
From the cheesy dialogue to the low-grade shark effects, that's part of the fun to "47 Meters Down", it knows it's a B-movie and it's proud of that distinction. Okay, it's not as smart as "The Shallows" and no way it's not in the same league as "Jaws" but I delightfully had a blast with this movie. It's taut and suspenseful and it knows what it wants to be. "47 Meters Down" was directed and co-written by Cambridge born Johannes Roberts who has previously made several shitty, Z-grade productions such as "Roadkill", "Storage 24", "F", "Hellbreeder" and last year's "The Other Side of the Door". I believe that this director will get quality work in the near future because he does such an impeccable job at creating suspenseful underwater sequences and he also creates a very terrifying atmosphere.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. It may have a simple idea but "47 Meters Down" is gloriously entertaining schlock.