Sunday, November 10, 2019

Midnight Horror Review: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Once upon a time ago, there was only one big shark movie - Jaws, minus the unneeded sequel (though Jaws 2 was pretty good). Fast forward to the present day, there are tons of shark flicks and almost of all them are horrible.

In 2017, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures released the low-budget horror shark film 47 Meters Down, which wasn't half bad. Due to its success, naturally there was going to be sequel. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged was released to theatres in August 2019 and took in $38.9 million against a $12 million budget.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged is arriving on Blu-ray (+DVD + Digital) on Nov. 12th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Co-written and directed by Johannes Roberts, the film stars Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju, Sistine Stallone, Brec Bassinger, and John Corbett.

The plot centers around teenage stepsisters, Mia and Sasha (played by Sophie Nelisse and Corinne Foxx) and Sasha's two friends, Alexa and Nicole (played by Brianne Tju and Sistine Stallone), cut classes and travel to a secret saloon that holds the entrance to a submerged Mayan city, which was discovered by Mia's father, Grant (played by John Corbett). The girls put on their diving gear and dive into the saloon to explore the Mayan city. They were just wanting to see the sunken ruins but what they find is pure terror!

Living in the submerged Mayan city are blind great white sharks with an appetite for anything living. Low on air, the girls are trapped in the underwater labyrinths of caves and claustrophobic tunnels with no way to escape.

Special Effects include:
  • Diving Deeper: Uncaging 47 Meters Down
  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Johannes Roberts, Producer James Harris, and Writer Ernest Riera

 Final Thoughts

I hate to admit this but the original 47 Meters Down scared me to death! I don't know how to swim so the thought of being trapped underwater in a cage with sharks all around me is horrifying!

Why would I watch the sequel?

Despite my water phobia, I do like shark flicks, even the dumb ones on SyFy, and I enjoyed the first 47 Meters Down, so I had high hopes for sequel!

Let's start out with a few bad things. The scenario of four teenage girls all knowing how to scuba dive seems a big unrealistic to me. Sure, the stepsisters have an underwater archaeologist father so I understand how they would know how to dive. However, the other two girls both having diving abilities is too far fetched. The other thing that really bothered me is the fake shark species. There's no such thing as sharks being blind because they lived their entire lives in caves and haven't been exposed to sunlight. It's entirely fiction!

Now lets get to the good things. While I've never seen a "live" shark in person, the CGI sharks in this movie looked real and fierce to me. There was one jump scene with the shark that freaked me out. (Remember I cannot swim!) The acting is alright for the most part, though Sistine Stallone (Sylvester Stallone) was the weakest. Lastly, the musical score was pretty good.

The picture and sound qualities are excellent on the Blu-ray.

Overall, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is an entertaining shark flick with plenty of claustrophobic moments. No, it isn't as good as the original but most horror sequels are rarely better than their predecessors.

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