47 Meters Down: Uncaged is not a continuation of the franchise’s first film, but a totally independent plot. Here we see four college-friendly teens (Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Sophie Nélisse, and Brianne Tju) struggling as they stealthily explore a submerged Mayan city on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Once inside, the young girls’ excitement turns to terror when they discover that the sunken ruins are a hunting ground for deadly great white sharks.
As is common with this type of production, the actresses / characters are all beautiful and, we can say, “standard”, even though the quartet is ethnically diverse: two blondes, one black and one Asian. And just as in the previous movie, both their personalities as well as their personal relationships and dramas are treated creepily and superficially. It is extremely difficult to identify or even care about such shallow types. In fact, they can be easily described as follows:
Mia – the shy protagonist who is bullied by the “popular” girls at school; Sasha – daughter of Mia’s father’s current wife, is the strong and genius personality of the class; Alexa – the curious little one; Nicole – the clueless.
At first the viewer is led to believe that Mia and Sasha do not get along. But the reasons for this are never explained. Even as soon as the plot definitely enters the suspense of survival all this is summarily ignored. Mia’s father Grant (John Corbett) is an experienced diver who moved with his family to Yucatan to invest in tourism near the Mayan ruins, considered the largest underwater archeological site in the world. Apparently Sasha and Mia didn’t like the change at all. But things change when Alexa invites them to dive into a new and hitherto unknown stretch of ruins.
However, one incident imprisons them in the submerged maze, which is infested with white sharks – more precisely a blind variety of the species that has adapted perfectly to the lightless environment (something, by the way, quite possible from a biological point of view). And outside in the open sea are the “common” specimens of the Gulf of Mexico. At least as far as animals are concerned, the feature doesn’t sin so much. Digital sharks are very convincing and, except for one and the other exaggeration typical of this film genre, behave like real predators, not unstoppable killer machines.
Deep Fear- Second Attack | Image: Paris Movies
If the animals convince, the same cannot be said of the script and the characters. For starters, two of the girls, who have never dived, learn to master the gear almost immediately. And how they speak! Miracle (read cheating script) the oxygen in your tanks lasted so long. This is just one of the facilitations of the narrative. The worst of these may be the superhuman resistance some characters acquire the moment they are bitten by sharks; practically a steel skin.
If there is a point where the movie hits, it sure is in suspense. The claustrophobic environment coupled with the darkness and tense sound of teenage breathing is as immersive (no pun intended) as it is distressing. Highlight the sequence in which they need to traverse a very fast current swirling section. Too bad this feature (effectively used in both feature films) is interrupted more than once by jump-scares.
This is a movie that will please only those looking for an uncompromising suspense with easy scares. It can especially annoy the most demanding diving and marine life enthusiasts. Another perfectly forgettable fun.