47 Meters Down: Uncaged is the very cleverly named sequel to 47 Meters Down and is directed by Johannes Roberts. The story features four teenage girls who go cave diving in a ruined underwater Mayan city. After swimming for some time they then realize that there are several sharks in the water. They then go through many obstacles to try and survive and find a way to get out of the water.
The film features Sophie Nélisse as Mia, Corinne Foxx as Sasha, Brianne Tju as Alexa, and Sistine Stallone as Nicole. These four girls did a pretty good job with what they were given in the film. The dialogue is pretty dry as some of their conversations are as straightforward as you can possibly get. So I don’t think it was necessarily bad acting, it was just poorly written dialogue. However, there were some scenes that the acting wasn’t the best and one of the girls also seemed as if she was smiling for half of the film which didn’t make any sense. In the end, for a killer shark movie, the acting was good enough and didn’t bother me too much.
The main positive aspect to this film was the entertainment value. If you go to a movie like this then you cannot expect a great storyline or even a remotely realistic story. Movies featuring sharks are most of the time very silly, but at the same time very entertaining. I felt as if this movie very much delivered on the shark action, while also having some other tense scenes that didn’t feature the sharks. I appreciated that they went in a very different direction than the first film and they used some new ideas. The other thing that I appreciated about the film was the CGI. Some have been saying that they didn’t like how the sharks looked, but I actually thought that they looked fairly realistic for most of the time. Obviously you could tell that they weren’t real, but for the small budget that this film had they looked very good. Finally, the final 30 minutes of this film were just amazing. I was on the edge of my seat and I very much enjoyed how it ended.
The only mixed aspect to 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is the title. I understand why they used the 47 Meters Down title again, however I think that they should have picked something different. They never even go 47 meters down in this film so it is very stupid to have that in the title.
The big negative for this film to me was just the very bland dialogue and script that it was given. They could have definitely made this a way better movie if they would have allowed for the characters to shine more. They were kind of just there and at times I was even rooting for the sharks for some reason. Another thing that really bothered me during the movie was just how blurry and dark it was. I understand that it is hard to film underwater, but it began to bother me when I was just seeing constant close-ups of the characters’ faces while they were splashing all over the place. The final negative is a slight spoiler so I won’t say it directly… but there is one jump scare in the film that is just outright stupid.
There were a lot of things wrong with this film and I definitely think that it could have been way better with some slight changes. However, I am a sucker for shark films and I felt that 47 Meters Down: Uncaged definitely delivered on the shark action and the tense scenes. If you are a fan of shark movies then I would definitely recommend this, and even if you aren’t you may be pleasantly surprised.
Rating- 6.5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness.
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