47 Meters Down: Uncaged

ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES (2019)

 

Director: Johannes Roberts

 

Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju, Sistine Stallone, Davi Santos, Khylin Rhambo, Brec Bassinger, John Corbett

Prefix: I hate the ocean. I said the same when discussing 47 Meters Down.

 

Johannes Roberts' 2017 effort was OK, it wasn’t the worst shark movie I’d seen and it had a good performance from Mandy Moore at its heart. Two years on and Roberts is back with 47 Meters Down: Uncaged – a sequel to that first movie that has absolutely nothing to do with that first movie. This time, the action takes place in an unexplored and submerged Mayan city which is home to some nasty and hungry sharks.

The prey this time is four young girls – Mia (Nélisse), Sasha (Foxx), Alexa (Tju) and Nicole (Stallone) – who have disobeyed a father and find themselves in this ridiculous situation in the Mexican waters. I’ve mentioned that this has nothing to do with 47 Meters Down, so I’m slightly confused as to why Roberts et al have tried to relate this in any way to that movie, they could have simply called this 'Shark Feast in Mexico' and it would have had just as much to do with 47 Meters Down. That said, Uncaged is a big step down – the characters are unsympathetic and the kind that you actually want to get chomped and it seemed more like an excuse to get young women in bikinis to swim about for a bit whilst being filmed You will, however, probably struggle to see or remember who is who underwater. There’s not a lot else going on. Some scenes are bathed in red lighting underwater, others punctuated with an alarm, but nothing stands out visually or viscerally. The setting was interesting and lent itself to some potentially exciting moments but they just never came – every attack could be seen from a mile off (in the pitch-black setting) and by the end, everything just became ridiculous (apparently being chomped by a shark is akin to being tickled). One positive was part of the movie was shot nearby in Basildon, Essex, so that’s a local win.

 

I was skeptical beforehand regarding this as 47 Meters Down had a definitive conclusion and had no need for a sequel, let alone an attempt at a franchise. There’s nothing here that justifies the need for this sequel and it’s lackluster across the board.

September 7th 2019

© 2016 Matt Hudson / What I Watched Tonight / Essex

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