It's about that time again, you got it! SHARK WEEK! Well, almost. July is practically a month dedicated to sharks, is it not? I'm therefore here to bring your attention to another movie on the underwater beast. Here's the thing, I'm a fan of sharks, I am however, not a big fan of the ocean. I love the clear waters and colorful fishes just as much as the average person, but just the thought of knowing that we've only explored less than 5% of it, makes you wonder, what's really lurking deep down on the ocean floor. To me, shark movies are all the same, or at least very similar to one another. People on vacation, on a beach, surfing, they all start out the same and they usually end in the same fashion. Now, there are good ones and there are, less good ones.
I recently sat down to watch '47 Meters Down', which stars Mandy Moore and Claire Holt as sisters Lisa and Kate, who are on vacation in Mexico. We learn early on that Lisa (Moore) has been left by her husband, so they go out on the town to have some much needed fun. Soon they run into two local men who suggest they go cage diving, Lisa is worried about her not having a diver's certificate, but her sister and the men convince her that it's fine, it's safe and that no one cares.
The following morning Lisa is having second thoughts, and she's at unease about not having booked the trip through a real travel agency. Her sister Kate (Holt) once again convinces her that everything is fine, and with promises that they're going to have the time of their lives, they make the decision to board the boat.
The vessel itself is that of an ancient fisherman's boat, set in the middle of the ocean, with a cage so rusty and raggedy-looking that a mere glance would have it fall into pieces. What could possibly go wrong?
A bucket of blood and fish tissue is dumped into the water, to lure the sharks to the surface - this is called chumming. The cage is then lowered into the water and Lisa immediately starts to freak out.
See, this is the part where I personally would ”NOPE” the hell out of that scenario. Also, smartly, I would never put myself into a scenario like that to begin with. The girls are informed that they will only be going down 5 meters (which is about 16 feet), they also beg to borrow an underwater camera from one of the guys so they can memorialize the moment for ever. We witness how the the two women climb into the cage and begin their descent down into the deep.
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Once below the surface, they're both fine and you get this tranquility kind of 'this is so beautiful and I wish I was there safe feeling, that is until Lisa drops the camera and we get a first glimpse of the great big white who swallows the camera and circles the cage. How lovely. It's still a big fat NOPE for me. Two sharks are now circling around them, and though their view of these creatures is breathtaking, they're still a bit skittish.In the midst of this once in a lifetime moments, the cage suddenly drops a bit. Lisa instantly wants to come up, while her sister Kate wants to stay down, but with her sister not feeling safe, she agrees to be pulled up, asking to go back down once her sister is out of the cage. They merely reach the surface, before the entire lever breaks from the crane, which causes the entire cage to plummet back into the water. This is where I start to panic, because it's all of my fears combined, the ocean, the fear of falling and not being able to breathe, along with complete and utter pitch black darkness. It keeps on dropping for as long as the chain can hold it, then the chain breaks off and drops the last few meters to the depths of the ocean.
With only an hour worth of air left, Lisa and Kate have to fight for survival in a race against the clock, 47 meters below the surface. It is after all a pretty decent shark movie, terrifying in the sense that we are all well aware of what the ”monster” is, ultimately making it that much more real, and the fact that they are trapped in a cage surrounded by said monster, that much more terrifying.
The acting isn't terrible, but it also isn't great either. But if 'Orange Is the New Black' manages to do an entire season revolving around a prison riot - one which initially started in the previous season - then believe me when I say 47 Meters Down does pretty well with maintaining the excitement and suspense for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Watch the trailer below: