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47 Meters Down

47 Meters Down
Mandy Moore, Claire Holt and Matthew Modine

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense peril, bloody images, and brief strong language.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: June 16, 2017 Released by: Entertainment Studios

A double ending that ends quickly, detracts from the tension built up for 45 minutes while two young women are caught in a cage 47 Meters Down off the shore of( Mexico.  47 Meters by the way) is about 51 yards just half the length of a football field.  

The two women Mandy Moore and Clair Holt while vacationing in Mexico decide to chance a diving experience in which they are to be lowered in a cage to observe sharks swimming around their enclosure at a depth of about 5 meters.  

Mathew Modine who has not been on a boat since Cocoon is the captain of a somewhat beat up boat with rusty rigging that connects the cage to the deck. They are expected to ride down in to the ocean in the cage while communication through their equipment with the surface of the boat.  Kate (Claire Holt) is more adventurous and ready to head to the deep for the experience, she has work to do convincing Lisa (Mandy Moore) that it's a good idea.  

After a short time at 5 meters deep, the cage shakes and the cable breaks and the passengers sink to the bottom of the sea.  The tension builds from that point.  The sudden ride down is fearful to the two but when they stop falling, they are captured in a metal cage at the bottom of the ocean with sharks swimming around at vary levels in the water, but that is only the beginning of the danger and pressure they must face. 

Each has wounds of one kind of another during the episode, one finds her leg held between the bottom and bars from the cage, each have an encounter with the sharks, but the cuts are not fatal just dangerous and their blood attracts more beasts in the water.  

False hopes arise and we are led to wonder if the crew high above has remained to rescue the woman or have headed back to land.  The sharks and the limited time remaining in their breathing equipment continually ratchet up the tension which must be faced.  

With a little bit of a drum beat on the musical score as the sharks arrive, leave and come back we are reminded of Jaws but that's all, this production has no where near the quality of the Jaws films.  This adventure spends too much time repeating the same danger as the two divers attempt to determine how to get back to the surface.  Should they remain in the cage and hope for rescue or head up passing through the shark infested water to reach the surface?  All this as time runs out.  Far too often the scenes are difficult to observe due to excessive movement and a lack of distinction of distances and direction.  

For an inexpensive production Director, Johannes Roberts gets some thrills out of his underwater cast of two vulnerable young women.  But overall 47 Meters Down lacks the tension and adventure of a true summer danger in the water film.  

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