There are some thrills, but 47 Meters Down: Uncaged gets bogged down with clunky characters, an uninspired script, and a crappy action sequence at the end.
Plot: 4 teenaged girls explore a submerged Mayan city which they discover is teeming with blind great white sharks.
Review: Okay, right off the bad, Iâm going to say it â I really enjoyed 47 Meters Down. Yes, the beginning was kind of boring, but when it got going, I was there every minute with the two leads. And while some may have predicted the ending, I didnât. What can I say â Iâm generally a sucker for killer shark movies.
This isnât to say Iâm always a sucker, and in 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, I definitely wasnât. There are some decent scares and some neat parts (like the underwater whirlpool thing), the sharks were well designed, and I thought they did a bang-up job realizing the lost Mayan city. So yeah, there are some good points, but oh dear, there were also some bad ones.
Then, thereâs the script. The two main characters move to Mexico at the beginning of the film, yet I didnât see any Hispanic characters â everyone was American. Lame. If youâre going to have verisimilitude, then know your frigging setting. The first, I would say, half an hour, is just nonsense teenaged stuff â the main character is picked on (again, for no reason, sheâs gorgeous and doesnât look geeky or weird or anything). Then thereâs the whole family thing where the stepsister doesnât accept her step-sibling (again, no reason), and then the two friends of the stepsister convince the reluctant one to have fun. Cue lots of screaming and laughing and splashing in water. Yawn. When the movie gets going with the sharks, itâs okay, but dear lord, thereâs a ton of blah to get there.
The final action sceneâ¦look, the first movie had a ridiculous ending, and I was ready to call b.s., but then it righted itself. This one didnât correct itself; it was just absurd. The sharks have been wreaking havoc throughout the movie, but when they attack the central two girls, they suffer only somewhat concerning flesh wounds. Uh-huh. Not only that, one stepsister dives into the water at the perfect depth, with a flare gun, and in sublime slow motion, steadies herself (in the water, no less) and fires it at a shark and hits it while avoiding hitting the victim itâs got in its mouth. Uh-huh. Sure.
So basically, I feel like this movie is for teenaged girls who get scared very easily. Iâm neither, so I thought the movie was kind of piss. If youâre a fan of the first film (and I donât know many who are) and you were wondering if this movie was at least approaching as good as the first one way, my answer is â no, not in my opinion. I will say the shark attacks are better, you can see the sharks chomping down on their victims, so thereâs that â but thatâs something, but not enough to justify this 90-minute clunker.