47 Meters Down Review

47 Meters Down blurs the line between what should be allowed in the theater, and what should be restricted to the Syfy channel. With atrocious acting, poor CGI effects, and a slew of other issues, 47 Meters Down manages to be both dim-witted and ludicrous.

The film follows two sisters named Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) on a vacation trip to the coast of Mexico. There, they meet a couple of locals, who invite them to go cage diving in shark-infested waters. The women of course agree, and set off into the vast ocean to see some great white sharks. When the girls finally enter the cage and descend into the ocean, things take a turn for the worst when the winch holding up the cage breaks. This sends the girls plummeting to the ocean floor, trapped in the cage with little oxygen. It is now up to Lisa and Kate to find a way back up to the surface, without being devoured by bloodthirsty sharks.

Despite it being about murderous sharks, most of this film was relatively boring. Almost every scene included way too much filler, as if they were struggling to increase the overall runtime. The camera would often hold on completely unnecessary shots or angles in an attempt to reach the eighty minute mark.  All the events that unfold could’ve easily been condensed into half an hour.

The dialogue exchanged throughout the entirety of 47 Meters Down is incredibly obnoxious. Our ditzy, superficial female leads had zero chemistry and no personality, making for some very unpleasant conversations. The majority of the dialogue was pretty bland, and resembled what you would hear in your typical, run-of-the-mill horror flick.

The CGI on the sharks, unfortunately, couldn’t have been any less believable. Instead of building suspense and terror like the filmmakers intended, the sharks just made the audience roar with laughter.

The conclusion of 47 Meters Down proved to be one of the very worst film endings I’ve seen all year, even rivaling The Bye Bye Man and The Circle. The filmmakers first try to pull a fake out ending, where what the audience thinks happens was actually a hallucination by the protagonist. However, not even five minutes later the film actually ends, with a very similar conclusion as the fake out ending. So if the film is going to end in a similar way as with the trick ending, then why have the trick ending at all? Fooling the audience for no reason is just a pathetic cop-out. Films like 47 Meters Down should focus more on having strong, entertaining content than adding unnecessary trick endings that annoy moviegoers.

Overall, 47 Meters Down belongs more on the Syfy channel than it does in a theater. Other than the ridiculously cheesy acting and laughably bad CGI effects, 47 Meters Down offers viewers very little enjoyment. Instead of paying upwards of eight dollars to see this pile, I’d advise you stay at home and watch something much better on cable television.

The Verdict: D-

-Zachary Flint

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