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Why do people like superheroes even though they are not real? It could be that they fulfill our fantasy of doing the impossible. But what if superhero films were actually going for a realistic approach to try to convince you that they exist? Most people would laugh just as they would, watching 47 Meters Down: Uncaged.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged follows Mia (Sophie Nelisse), her stepsister Sasha (Corinne Fox), and their friends Alexa (Brianne Tju) and Nichole (Sistine Stallone) as the girls go cave diving in the depths of an ancient Mayan city’s ruins, which Mia’s dad had found a passage to. The girls planned to explore one cave and head straight back, but their adventure turns bloody, when they run into great white sharks.
The plot isn’t exactly innovative, and the makers avoid taking almost any risk with the standard “OH MY GOD IT’S A SHARK” kind of movie. That wouldn’t necessarily lead to a bad movie, maybe it can lead to the type of movie you can enjoy for what it is, even if you will forget it later.
Unfortunately, this is not the case with 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, because it is absolutely ridiculous; the film treats the great white sharks as if they are only kind of threatening, selling the idea of four teenage girls outswimming actual sharks, even more than once. The film even pushes the boundaries to the point that a shark grabs a character at the torso, and, not only does that character survive, but she also has the time and energy to swim back to safety with minimal injuries. What?!
The audiences want to believe the film so that they can have a good time watching it, but seriously, this is completely implausible. Did the shark not have teeth? Is her skin impervious? What possible explanation does the filmmakers have other than “we don’t want her to die yet”?
47 Meters Down: Uncaged also uses laughable slow-motion shots more than once that the film could very much do better without. Even though many of the underwater scenes were not perfect, many of the shots offered intrigue and claustrophobia especially when it came to the ruins of the Mayans.
For the acting, Sophie Nelisseand and Corinne Fox gave very mediocre performances that are not necessarily memorable when the feature is over. Brianne Tju and Sistine Stallone were slightly better, barely stood out as anything more than a couple of screaming, frightened teenage girls.
If you want to see sharks and people scared of sharks, then sure go see 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, but make sure you leave common sense at home.