Sunday, February 10, 2019

47 Meters Down (2016)

So I actually watched this movie a few weeks ago, and I was surprised at how much I liked it.  I am a sucker for ocean/shark movies though and I loveee Mexico, so it's the perfect recipe for success for me. 

Two sisters, Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are vacationing in Mexico when Kate finds out that Lisa was dumped by her boyfriend for being "too boring."  After a wild night out and meeting some cute guys, they agree to do some shark diving with them and their "friend" that they go with "every weekend."  The women lie about knowing how to scuba dive, but the captain, clearing seeing their lie, lets them aboard anyway.  Now I've been on a few snorkel/boat trips, and this boat definitely looks sketchy at best.  But all in the name of impressing your ex, Lisa!

All seems well, but this is a shitty boat with a shitty cable and the sisters plummet to the bottom, with quickly declining air and out of range of the radio.  There's lots of complications here -- the sharks, the lack of communication, the limited amount of air.  What I like about this movie is that the two woman actually make concerted and decent efforts and don't just do dumb shit for 90 minutes.  And I was entertained by the little "twist" at the end that I know some may have found annoying. 

I found out later that this was filmed in a tank in the Dominican Republic, and honestly, I was surprised.  I think the set looks realistic.  And Mandy Moore's acting was pretty good...remember when she was a singer?  I think she should make the transition to a scream queen.  You heard it here first ;)