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47 Meters Down (2017)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Horror | 16 June 2017 (USA)
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Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

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Johannes Roberts
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Cast overview:
Mandy Moore ... Lisa
Claire Holt ... Kate
Chris Johnson ... Javier (as Chris J. Johnson)
Yani Gellman ... Louis
Santiago Segura ... Benjamin
Matthew Modine ... Captain Taylor
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Two sisters are exploring the deep blue sea until something goes wrong. As they submerge 47m they encounter a creature that only wants flesh and blood. As they fight their way back to the top, they shortly run out of oxygen. With only an hour left they're not only racing against time they are racing against life and death. Written by anthonybobb

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense peril, bloody images, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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In the Deep See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,205,561, 18 June 2017

Gross USA:

$44,307,191

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,187,529
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Dolby Surround 7.1

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2.35 : 1
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At the depth the characters are, experts suggest there would be less than 15 minutes of air for them. See more »

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One of the characters advises their air is running out because the shark punctured their BCD. Air does not leak from a BCD. See more »

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Kate: It's gonna be the best vacation ever.
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It's Exactly What You Expect
27 June 2017 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

Before we sit down in the theater, we know pretty much exactly what happens. Two girls go scuba diving in a shark cage and wind up a trapped in said cage 47 meters below the surface. Since they aren't experts, we know how they will react. Then sharks show up. Since they are sharks in a scary movie, we know how they will react. There is no real room for surprises.

If you expect rampant plot twists and character development, you must not see this type of movie often. It is what it is and it knows that. Despite the only real mystery being which of the girls survives, if any, or perhaps both, the movie actually manages to provide a refreshing twist.

That may sound bold to say when talking about a powerfully simple shark attack movie, but take some time to think about it. The twist is secretly ingenious and explains away many of the ghastly errors in believability.

I'm surprised to find myself defending a movie that I didn't really like all that much. But I am. It's not that movie doesn't deserve criticism. It certainly does. The acting performances earn failing grades across the board. The dialogue is laced with embarrassing over explanations and repeated lines, most of which involve warnings from the captain about the bends. Other times this takes the form of the girls obnoxiously narrating the menial tasks as they carry them out. Once or twice might have been fine, but it's tough to stomach after about the 10th time or so.

My thought on this is maybe the filmmakers knew that it was too dark to see what was going on for most of the movie, so they made the girls say aloud everything that they did. This solution makes about as much sense as going on a five-mile run after knowingly drinking spoiled milk. If one problem is easily avoidable, avoid the problem. Don't attempt a remedy that almost certainly won't help the situation.

All that said, I defend the movie because I think it executes its mission reasonably well. I shifted to the edge of my seat and felt uneasy on many occasions. The movie managed to scare the audience and it did so with fewer jump scares than expected.

Instead, the movie built to moments that would normally climax with the infamous jump scare then simply opted not to deliver one. The goal is still achieved. The moments still induce a sense of dread from the audience, but without the cheapness of frightening viewers by essentially saying "boo." I'd like to see other movies emulate this tactic.

My advice: if you are going to watch this movie, understand what you are getting into. The movie likely won't surprise and that wasn't its intention. Be reasonable with your expectations. Accept the movie's strengths and weaknesses. Empathize with how terrifying the situation would be if it were you stuck in the shark cage on the ocean floor, and don't hesitate to laugh at the movie's weaknesses.

Do those two things, and you may walk away satisfied. If you are unwilling to do that, stay out of the water.


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