Movie Review: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)

Synopsis: A pair of stepsisters reluctantly agree to dive with two friends to a sunken Mayan city. They were only going to see the entrance, but wind up deeper inside and ultimately get lost in the flooded passageways. Already running low on oxygen, they also need to fend off hungry great white sharks.

Who's in it? The movie stars Corinne FoxxSophie Nélisse, Brianne Tju, Sistine Rose Stallone and Brec Bassinger.

Review: Last night was family movie night (our first since our oldest returned from college) and both daughters agreed on this movie. Overall, it ended up being an OK choice, though not as good as I would have hoped.

This is technically a sequel to a 2017 film we've never seen. However, it didn't have a sequel feel to it and seemed more like its own movie, which I appreciated. My wife and I also found having the movie take place in tight, flooded passageways did add a little something to the film. At minimum, it was making us feel a bit claustrophobic.

I'll even give some credit to the movie for not giving us a chance to breath. Even when the sharks weren't stalking them, they were still running low on oxygen so there was a constant suspense with almost no downtime. That's something I wish more horror movies would do.

I think our biggest problem with this movie (and by "our," I mean the whole family) is it's one of those films that relies on the main characters not being too bright. I get they are supposed to be teenagers and not professional divers, but they seemed to have no common sense at all. This includes at the end, when two of them make a decision to swim into chum-filled water toward a boat rather than toward land, despite both being equal distance. It was as though they were trying to get eaten.

Final Opinion: The movie is somewhat predictable and, as I said, the main characters are kind of dumb (or at least very reckless). However, the claustrophobic feel and the constant danger did make it an interesting movie to watch and now I want to see the first one.

My Grade: B


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