As a popcorn thriller, “47 Meters Down” knows how to keep a simple story from being a complete downer, and here’s why.
This movie is making sure that there is not a single ounce of pretentious tones, and refused to make it anything more than a film about sharks eating people.
In fact, it is a complete survival horror that is more about how anyone would survive in this situation.
Two sisters, played by Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, are trapped in a shark cage and must reach the surface before their oxygen runs out while also avoiding frenzied sharks in the process.
These dry-cut and simple characters are played off well by the two actresses, and their real skill comes from the sense of panic and disarray when things go bad.
If anything, two female leads in a shark movie is not even that bizarre at this point, especially since this film looked to ride the success of “The Shallows.”
However, their effort makes this film much more compelling, even with most of the predictability written up as soon as they are stuck in the cage.
There is no character development at this point of the conflict, but these women thankfully did not make too many horrible decisions, except when they actually leave the cage to get help.
Jump scares are plenty, and just never worked at all.
Sure, they may have been built up pretty well, just don’t expect any Hitchcock work in a film made with a budget of $17 million.
Surprisingly, the threat of sharks even when bleeding out is also very unlikely, according to the film.
Speaking of sharks, the CGI in them is a mixed bag. The further away they are, the less ugly they look.
It truly is a shame that there is not enough skilled workers who could make one heck of a shark prop for the film, but the future is now, and the sharks given are looking a bit better.
Perhaps the best talking point for the film that will turn heads is how the ending will either be a middle finger to the viewer, or just throwing stuff on the wall to see what sticks.
For the latter, just know that this is the funniest part of the entire film.
If films about sharks need twists, lots of nothing, and some cheap thrills, then maybe the film industry has yet to go belly-up on the concept.