10/6/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #6 – 47 Meters Down.

Every once in a while there’s a movie that flat out surprises me. Usually based on the trailers or premise, I just don’t think it’s going to be that great. But then it ends up being quite a lot of fun. Unfriended from a few years ago is a good example (great flick). This year’s surprise for me was 47 Meters Down. This is quite the enjoyable little romp. It continues with the current trend of “trapped in a horrifying single-location” scenario that a lot of movies have been using of late. This method can hit really well, or miss horribly. I’m here to say that 47 Meters Down is 90 minutes of a silly good time. It’s a pretty simple premise. Two sisters on vacation in Mexico decide to go on a shark dive to see some great whites. One sister is the outgoing one; the other is the reserved one. Naturally one really wants to go, but the other doesn’t. Blah, blah, blah, they’re coerced into going and then, uh oh, the chain on the cage snaps, and they’re sent… yep, 47 meters below the surface of the ocean. Adding to the issue is the fact that the men on the boat were illegally chumming the water to rile up the sharks, so now their cage is surrounded by a swarm of angry, bloodthirsty sharks. Plus, they’re quickly running out of air. Look, of course there are going to be a few realism issues here and there, but honestly, it didn’t bother me at all. I just let loose and had a great time. The acting is great (This Is Us fans, you’ve got Mandy Moore). The effects are great. What was the most surprising for me was how well the filmmaker captured the claustrophobia of being in the ocean. It’s a strange sensation to be trapped in a small scuba suit that’s necessary for air, but surrounded by the immenseness of the ocean. The scenes where one of them must use her flashlight beam to see through the black ocean, and all you can see is what’s right in front of the beam, is reminiscent of countless slasher films, only instead of the forest it’s the ocean. It has quite a few twists and turns, some truly heart-pounding suspense, and a few jump scares that are on POINT. I jumped quite a few times actually. This is one of those turn your brain off and enjoy it types of movies, and I guarantee it’s way better than you think it’s going to be. Just sit back and enjoy a great killer shark flick.

3 thoughts on “10/6/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #6 – 47 Meters Down.

  1. I don’t know what it is about underwater scenes, but I hold my breath the whole time…now watching an entire movie where they are under water?? You’ve got to be kidding me. It was like I couldn’t breathe the whole time! I watched this on a plane and I swear the people next to me probably thought I was insane; jumping in my seat, wriggling around, etc. I didn’t think they could pull this off and it would be predictable and kind of stupid, but I was so wrong. It’s worth the watch.

    1. Again, looks like I keep hitting the wrong “reply” button. I should learn these newfangled computer things. Regardless, replays to all your comments are there, just as additional comments, not formal replies.

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