ABC Film Challenge – Horror – X – 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Movie Review

We need to find a difficult letting of X, so with Corinne Foxx, we are clutching at straws here.

Director: Johannes Roberts

Writer: Ernest Riera, Johannes Roberts (Screenplay)

Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju, Sistine Rose Stallone, John Corbett, Nia Long

Plot: Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they’ve entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves.

Tagline – The Next Chapter

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Improvement

Story: 47 Meters Down Uncaged starts as we meet stepsisters Mia (Nelisse) and Sasha (Foxx) who have different status in their school, Mia being the outsider, while Sasha doesn’t want to put her group of friends are risk.

Mia and Sasha are joined by Alexa (Tju) and Nicole (Stallone) as they look to go diving in the underwater city beneath their city, which does seem like an adventure, until they discovery themselves trapped in the city, with a blind great white shark hunting them down.

Thoughts on 47 Meters Down Uncaged

Characters – Mia is the bullied teenager, she has a close relationship with her father and stepmother, while still looking to build one with her stepsister, she agrees to join Sasha on a trip away from the planned one, with her friends, which sees her join the cave diving, needing to use her diving experience to help survive once they become trapped. Sasha is the more popular stepsister, she has her group of friends that doesn’t include Mia, she does encourage Mia to stay away from the bullies though, getting her to join her on the cave dive adventure. Alexa and Nicole are clearly going to be the disposable friends in this, with one Nicole being the most naïve through everything, while Alexa claims to know what to do to survive.

PerformancesWe have a young cast, who spend most of the film underwater, some of it screaming or panicking, which does make it hard to believe the performances, it doesn’t help that certain characters change through the film too.

StoryThe story here follows 4 teenagers that decide to go cave diving in an underwater system only to find themselves trapped down there with a great white shark hunting them down. While we do have improvements on the first film, by having the idea of a secret underground structure, along with the idea that we are going to be dealing with sharks evolving to the underwater world, this is all good, but by the end it is mostly just the panicking, with Mia needing to prove how brave she is, almost giving us the point of the film to impress the most popular girl in school.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from seeing how the shark is hunting down in the claustrophobic environment, it does show the situation to be difficult.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to keep the action tight, confined and with plenty of peril throughout, making this different to most shark movies.

Special EffectsThe effects are a mixed bag because the environment looks great, but not all the shark moments seem as real as they should be.

Scene of the Movie – The open water.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Characters seem to change with their actions in the film.

Final Thoughts This is an improvement on the first film, that does seem to have a confusing title though, if we are looking for just a tight shark horror film, this is everything you would like to see, even if the characters are not very strong.

Overall: Shark Fun.

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