47 Meters Down (2017)
47 Meters Down (2017)
47 Meters Down focusses on two sisters, Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt), who are on holiday in Mexico. They decide to go shark diving – for Kate it’s the thrill of being in the water with sharks, for Lisa it’s about proving she’s not boring, following being told she was by her ex-fella. Once both are in the observation cage and lowered into the water, a great white shark takes to circling their cage. The girls couldn’t be happier, however the mood changes fast once the cable connecting their cage to the boat snaps and they plummet 47 meters down. If that wasn’t bad enough their oxygen supply is depleting fast, they have injuries to overcome and then there’s that ghastly great white shark close-by!
Sharks have had a bad run of luck in films of late, with the likes of Shark Night, Ghost Shark and the endless Sharknado franchise playing them up as z-grade fodder rather than the fearsome fishies they are. That could account for why Dimension Films had 47 Meters Down set for a North American VOD/DVD release last year, following a title change to In the Deep, rather than give it a theatrical release. However that all changed when last year’s summer release The Shallows put the shark back on the map, not only as a genuinely terrifying force to be reckoned with, but also at the all-important box-office where it took a comfortable sum of money.
Following The Shallows’ success, 47 Meters Down was bought up by Entertainment Studios, its title changed back from In the Deep and a theatrical release booked for summer 2017. Whilst The Shallows went for edge-of-the-seat thrills, 47 Meters Down is not as easy to digest but that’s not to say it’s a bad film, not at all, in fact I was surprised by how good it was. I was expecting another shark cheapie with naff effects. Instead this Alexandre Aja production is a vicious bugger never letting up on tension or terror once the film sinks its teeth in.
Director Johannes Roberts’ movie is peek-from-behind-your-hands intense, there’s no copping out, no concessions made to water things down, 47 Meters Down is unrelenting intense stuff. This isn’t The Shallows, it ain’t Jaws either, 47 Meters Down is their meaner counterpart, there’s no rousing, cheer-along moments here. It’s a brave move that pays off ensuring that the film will linger long in the memory after viewing. 47 Meters Down is nerve-shattering stuff, we like these girls, we want them to be OK, we invest in them, and what follows is nothing short of horrific.