Two sisters on Mexican vacation are trapped in a shark observation cage at the bottom of the ocean, with oxygen running low and great whites circling nearby, they have less than an hour of air left to figure out how to get to the surface.
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[Alfragide Cinema City] Theeee best resurface in film history after Oshii's Ghost in the Shell//Candy+loneliness+cold weather+narco bubbles+sisterhood...and oh so so much more to say and write and talk about...(suck on that Stuart). I lacked oxygen, and gasped for air thrice during the screening, talk about life imitating art. A summer gem released in early winter...
I thought "The Strangers: Prey at Night" was one of the best slashers of the last decade, so I was game to see what (credited above title!) director Johannes Roberts could do with Mandy Moore and some killer sharks. The elements I loved about "Strangers"—the split diopter shots, ironic pop soundtrack—aren't a factor here, but there are a few effective sequences that convey the claustrophobic abyss of the ocean.
Few times in animal attack movies does the animal in question serve a deeper symbolic purpose for the character's struggle. The only masterful films that I can think of that did is 2011's The Grey and 2013's Beneath. This film, however, works enough as the sharks embodying Moore's fears and anxiety, akin to Spielberg's Duel. Its problem is Moore, Holt, and the story/dialogue isn't always polished or convincing.
'So were stuck in a shark cage 47 meters down on the ocean floor and there is a known maneater swimming around...I know lets keep getting out of the cage we won't get eaten' Dumb as a box of hammers this summertime shark film is passable entertainment in that leave your brain at the door kind of way.
Originally set for a humble video-on-demand release, 47 Meters Down tries to capitalize on last year's early-summer surprise The Shallows and falls short. Not only does it swerve away from a truly great, melancholic ending ala The Mist, its repetitive underwater photography and subpar scenes of survival basically encourage your mind to wander. Occasionally commendable, mostly forgettable.