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“Lisa, you need to calm down.
We need to get out of here!
If you do not calm down, we will die here!”
In The Shallows, Blake Lively at least had a rock in the ocean on which she sat safely while a huge shark circled around her. That was frightening enough. In 47 Meters down, two helpless women are trapped in a steel cage while being attacked by such bloodthirsty, basking sharks. And there’s another problem they have to deal with: Oxygen deficiency. There are more pleasant ways to spend your holiday somewhere at an exotic destination. So you see, it’s better to follow your instinct (or someone else’s) in such a way that you are spared from such life-threatening situations.
At first, I feared this wouldn’t be such a very interesting film. A whole movie taking place in one and the same location (the bottom of the ocean), and with only two helpless young ladies who had no idea how to escape. It won’t be more than some panicky scenes and a screen filled with anxiously produced air bubbles, I thought. Well, just more proof that a person can be mistaken. Eventually, this movie was terribly exciting.
It isn’t necessary to elaborate more. You can predict what will happen. What else to expect when a not so professional-looking crew on a rickety boat lets you sink into the water while they use bloody bait to lure the sharks (which also turns out to be illegal)? Indeed, before they know it, they are building sandcastles on the bottom of the ocean and a nerve-racking race against time starts. The images themselves are impressive and realistic. The claustrophobic feeling overwhelms you. And the panic and fear of both divers (especially Lisa) is credible. Actual acting is, of course, not possible when you’re floating around at 47 meters below the water surface. The darkness and the thought of a full-blown Jaws attacking you from there causes the necessary stress and frightening moments.
Still a few points of criticism. Turns out that a single drop of blood from a wound is enough to attract such a gigantic shark. But when they suddenly try to attack out of the dark, they miss the helpless victim. I immediately conclude that such a shark must have a gigantic, well-developed olfactory organ. But besides that, such a shark is as blind as a mole. Furthermore, I found the computer animation of this predatory fish not quite successful. But I thought the same of the crumpled plastic shark in The Shallows. And the denouement is also something that you can discuss. And I doubt whether the event is scientifically correct.
But all in all, this was a pretty exciting underwater thriller. Cousteau would be happy to watch as well, and apparently there’s already a sequel in the making with the highest original title 48 Meters Down. So the problem will arise just a meter deeper. That’s what pushing boundaries means, I suppose! And for all of those who have plans for future distant journeys, a little advice: Stay safely by the swimming pool and do only excursions organized by the hotel. And get a proper travel insurance before you leave.