Title: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged
Release Date: August 16, 2019
Director: Johannes Roberts
Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju, Sistine Stallone, Davi Santos, Khylin Rhambo, Brec Bassinger, and John Corbett
Review: I used to say that the only shark movie worth watching was Jaws. And I stood by that through all the Deep Blue Seas, The Shallows, and the millions of SyFy original movies. That is, until 47 Meters Down proved me wrong. It was such a simple story. There were just two girls, one cage and a shark. Seeing them struggle to survive was both suspenseful and entertaining. It felt low budget in the best ways. And was proof that these types of movies can work. Well, this one threw all of that out the window.
I had pretty high hopes going into this one. Like I said, I really dug the original and the same director was coming back. Plus, he had twice the budget this time! Well, that turns out to be the downfall of this movie. It’s the traditional sequel pratfall where they think that bigger will make it better. That just doesn’t work here. We see more of the shark, which, as Jaws should’ve taught everyone forty years ago, is never really a good thing. He just looks goofy. Not only does he look totally fake, but the making him blind and scarred makes him look more like a goofy pirate than a terrifying killer. Plus, adding more people made this feel more like a slasher film than a survival tale. It got like Jason Voorhees level silly at some points. I think taking away the simplicity of the cage really hurt too. It made it less believable any time these characters weren’t just instant shark food.
I also think it’s weird that this movie kept so close to the beats of the original. There’s some more fluff surrounding it but the basic plot points are the same. There are two sisters. One of them wants to go diving, while the other is more skeptical. But, after some peer pressure by the other and some friends, she ends up going along. Then, well, sharks do what sharks do. The sisters break down and become closer than ever. And, I won’t spoil anything but the story kind of plays out more or less the same again. But, with even MORE. Because you know. It’s cooler. And we’ve got a bigger budget. That’s how sequels should work right. More of the same, but just bigger. *Yawn*
I will say, however, that this movie does have a really cool twist at the end. I’m not going to give it away because I hate spoiling stuff even when its not great. But, there was a moment that looped back to something we saw earlier that I thought was pretty brilliant. It didn’t turn me on the whole movie but I will give the writers credit for being clever there. I chuckled in the theater when I realized what was going on.
Lastly, I don’t have a lot to say on this topic but it has to be brought up. There is a jump scare in this movie from a fish. Not a shark. A FISH. And it’s not a fake out scare. You are supposed to be afraid of this fish. That’s all I have to say about that.
TL;DR: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a classic example that bigger isn’t always better. It has a lot of the same plot as the first but with an extra dose of stupidity.
Score: 2 Stars (I didn’t like it.)