Verdict: You’ll fall prey to jump scares, panic, and claustrophobia.
Picking from the same recipe that made 47 Meters Down an entertainer in 2017, writer-director Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju brings us a sequel to the original shark attack flick. The original film revolves around two sisters trapped in a cage at the bottom of the ocean surrounded by hungry killer sharks. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged will take that same terrifying mix of looming terror and claustrophobia but, this time, set inside a maze of underwater caves.
What’s 47 Meters Down: Uncaged About:
Mia (Sophie Nelisse) is having a tough time fitting in at the private high school she attends with her stepsister Sasha (Corinne Foxx) who’d rather ditch her than defend her. However, things are about to change. Mia’s dad who is Sasha’s stepdad Grant (John Corbett) works as a kind of researcher, mapping the underwater ruins of a Mayan city. When he sends the two girls on a day out to help them bond, Sasha’s schoolmates Nicole (Sistine Rose Stallone) and Alexa (Brianne Tju) join in with a change of plans. The four girls eventually decide it would be a cool idea to go on a cave diving expedition to check out the ruins. What could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them turns out to be rather life-threatening. As the girls get chummy (pun intended), they find themselves becoming bait to extremely large, blind, but very hungry Great White sharks. The girls attempt to snap out of this real-life nightmare as they battle for survival in a claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves.
Much like 2017’s 47 Meters Down, this sequel will put you face-to-face with claustrophobia as you encounter panic, terror and a whole lot of shark attacks. However, what makes 47 Meters Down: Uncaged different from its predecessor is the direction it drifts into. This film takes a bite out of the Sharknado type frenzy as it embraces the absurd to deliver an entertaining underwater thriller.
Setting the film almost entirely underwater, director Johannes Roberts equips the film with enough thrills and tension to not make you want to come up for air. The film is based on the kind of worst-case scenario that will make you not want to ever go cave diving again. Even with its over-the-top situations, it’s never more overwhelming than entertaining. There’s a steady pace of suspense mixed with jump scares and looming action, enough to keep you hooked throughout. There’s also a surprising twist that leads you to a clever climax.
Eventually 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is by no means a movie that will stay with you forever but it is sure to snap you out of reality for 90 minutes and keep you thrilled throughout.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The film quite obviously swims into the realm of unrealistic but because of the entertainingly over-the-top shark bait thrills, we could easily look past that.
Why You Should Watch:
47 Meters Down: Uncaged will float your boat if you’re into the kind of thriller that’s entertainingly over-the-top and makes your heart rate spike. It’s another addition to the shark attack genre that delivers the right kind of bite.