Review: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged
DVD & Digital: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)
There have been a multitude of ‘killer shark’ movies since Jaws set the box office alight back in 1975. Some have been good, some have been bad, but there seems to be a continuing fascination with watching people in peril while a shark (or many of them) tries to grab a human takeaway snack.
I’ve always loved shark movies since queueing outside a single screen cinema 2 nights running in 1975 to see Jaws (it was the movie that got me hooked on the joy of cinema), and so anything with sharks in always gets my attention.
I enjoyed the original 47 Meters Down released in 2017, and was looking forward to seeing where it went with the sequel.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged follows 4 teenage girls on a diving trip that goes wrong…don’t they always! The girls explore a submerged and forgotten ancient city, only to become trapped and discover that blind sharks have evolved there and quite fancy the girls as lunch.
Running out of their oxygen supply and lost in an ancient underwater labyrinth, the narrative plays out like the often used slasher film trope of ‘last girl standing’, though in this case it is ‘last girl swimming’.
Plenty of peril and screaming is to be had, as well as a lot of suspension of disbelief, as there are plot holes so big that if the girls found them they could easily escaped their confined predicament through them.
The visual effects are fine and the acting not too bad…which mostly consists of screaming a lot as the running time progresses, but there’s nothing here that hasn’t been seen many times before.
Worth watching if you enjoyed the original and/or are a fan of shark movies, otherwise you may find yourself hitting the fast forward button a few too many times.
Sharks are more often than not given given a bad reputation in movies, and so I thoroughly encourage you to read my review from last year about Sharkwater Extinction. Then you’ll see who the real killers are!
47 Meters Down: Uncaged is released on DVD & Digital on 3rd February 2020.
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