47 Metres Down

Film, Horror
3 out of 5 stars
47 Metres Down

Mandy Moore takes a deep breath and dives into an entertaining low-rent shark thriller

‘Just think of the pictures!’ exclaims a smiling girl in a bikini (Mandy Moore) to her recently single sister (Claire Holt), also smiling in a bikini. The sun is shining in Mexico, and Lisa and Kate are feeling adventurous. How can they show the ex what free spirits they are? By watching hungry sharks from the confines of a rusting boat cage, of course. Next thing they know they’re 47 metres below sea level, with oxygen running low and the sharks circling in the murk overhead.

This is the kind of film that exploitation master Roger Corman would’ve knocked out by the truckload in the ’60s and ’70s. Yes, there are shots of writhing female limbs fighting off dead-eyed predators. No, there aren’t any surprises in store. But in its atmospheric soundscape, cinematography, taut characterisation and storytelling, this is a very involving genre thriller. 

By: Tom Seymour

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Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Wednesday July 26 2017
Duration:
87 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Johannes Roberts
Screenwriter:
Johannes Roberts, Ernest Riera
Cast:
Mandy Moore
Claire Holt
Matthew Modine
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