The Pitch: New stepsisters Mia (Sophie Nélisse) and Sasha (Corinne Fox) aren’t getting alongside, so their father Grant (John Corbett) items them an ideal white shark boat tour to assist them bond. After they arrive on the docks, they meet up with their associates Alexa (Brianne Tju) and Nicole (Sistine Rose Stallone), who allow them to find out about a secret watering gap that they’ve been wanting to go to. This watering gap simply so occurs to be one of many entrances to an underwater Mayan metropolis that Grant has been exploring, so the ladies determine to skip out on the boat tour and go diving within the metropolis.
Upon getting into the submerged ruins, the youngsters inadvertently trigger a cave-in that traps them within the tunnels. With a quickly dwindling air provide, they need to navigate their approach via the labyrinth to seek out an exit which will or might not exist. It isn’t lengthy earlier than they understand that they’re being hunted by a pack of ferocious, blind, albino nice whites which have spent a whole bunch of years evolving within the pitch-black depths of the town, ready for a recent meal.
Lean, Imply, Killing Machines: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged takes the fundamental premise of the unique movie (two sisters stranded in a cage on the backside of the ocean, working out of air and surrounded by nice white sharks) and blows it up. The foundations of the horror sequel, as Scream 2 rightly taught us, are that the physique rely is at all times greater and the dying scenes are at all times rather more elaborate. Uncaged sticks to these guidelines, even inside the confines of its PG-13 ranking.
Don’t let that ranking idiot you, as a result of this film is brutal. The sharks hunt with function and a moderately terrifying savagery that hasn’t been seen in a mainstream shark movie for the reason that likes of Deep Blue Sea. To name them aggressive can be an enormous understatement. The violence is amped up as nicely, with a number of characters assembly moderately grisly fates.
One specific dying pushes the boundaries of the ranking to date that it’s truthfully a bit shocking that it didn’t earn an R-rating. It does grow to be tougher to droop disbelief because the movie enters its climax, nevertheless, as characters undergo accidents that ought to kill them however they in some way handle so swim away (principally) unscathed.
To high issues off, the sharks are literally scary. Whereas they contribute to a fair proportion of leap scares (wherein they seem for a shock “hiya!”), one can’t deny their effectiveness. It’s the stalking sequences that impress probably the most, nevertheless, seeing cinematographer Mark Silk get to make the most of the shadows and the murky waters to nice impact. The setting is a big enchancment over the primary movie’s considerably bland ocean ground.
Holy Set Items, Batman!: Whereas the movie takes a great little bit of time to get going, it actually picks up across the midway level, delivering set piece after set piece of unrelenting terror. The vast majority of the artistic crew from the unique movie returns for the sequel, and it seems like they’ve realized just a few classes within the intervening years.
After co-writing and directing the primary movie, Johannes Roberts made a quick detour into the slasher sub-genre with 2018’s The Strangers: Prey at Night time and he manages to hold over that movie’s most profitable elements and translate them into comparable scenes in Uncaged. He proves particularly adept at pairing sudden tunes with heart-stopping suspense.
Very similar to the pool sequence in Prey at Night time (set to Bonnie Tyler’s “Complete Eclipse of the Coronary heart”), Uncaged brings us a shark-stalking sequence set to some cheery music that’s sensible in its tonal incongruence. Let’s simply say you’ll by no means hearken to The Carpenters’ “We’ve Solely Simply Begun” the identical approach once more.
Roberts and co-screenwriter Ernest Riera (each of whom co-wrote the primary movie collectively as nicely) don’t ignore the perils of the underwater metropolis itself, both. There are many shark kills on this film, however they aren’t the one risks within the structurally unsound Mayan metropolis. The second half of the movie is a continuous barrage of nerve-racking conditions that pile on high of one another with demented glee. Uncaged is little greater than a sequence of spectacular set items, however can you actually complain after they’re executed this nicely?
Budgetary Limitations: As we realized with Alexandre Aja’s Crawl simply final month, it’s potential to make CGI creations look shockingly lifelike. Sadly for 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, most of its price range appears to have been allotted in the direction of the manufacturing design versus the terrifying creatures that function so prominently within the movie. The sharks generally tend to look downright cartoonish in sure pictures, particularly in heavily-lighted areas that expose the restrictions of low-cost CGI.
That being stated, the design of the Mayan ruins is spectacular and makes for an appropriately creepy setting. Whereas the primary movie was restricted to 1 location (the cage), Uncaged offers a plethora of various locales starting from catacombs stuffed with human stays, a deep chasm stricken by swift currents and (finally) the attractive open waters of the Yucatán.
The script is the movie’s weakest facet, eschewing character growth for one-dimensional caricatures. It has no scarcity of clunky exposition both, filling the primary act with scene-stopping line deliveries of helpful info that you already know will repay later. (You need to use air pockets on the ceilings as a secondary provide of air!) You’ll additionally probably learn lots of opinions referring to the movie as The Descent with sharks, and whereas that description is in no way inaccurate, Uncaged lacks the sophistication and nuanced character growth that made that Neil Marshall masterpiece so particular.
The Verdict: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged could also be a bit slight within the script division and options some cartoonish aquatic beasts, but it surely delivers continuous, anxiety-inducing terror as soon as it reaches its midway level. Minor quibbles apart, it is a superb film with some completely thrilling sequences jam-packed into its final half, giving Crawl a run for its cash as the perfect creature function of 2019.