47 Meters Down

 

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Just when you thought it was safe...

    

47 Meters Down

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt

 

This tense adventure boasts some superb underwater photography and puts British director Johannes Roberts on the map as a new talent. He previously made small independent thrillers like Storage 24 and F before he hit the big time in America with this film.

 

Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are having an idyllic holiday in Mexico when they meet two attractive locals who persuade them to join them for a cage diving experience amongst great white sharks. All goes smoothly under the watchful eye of Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine), until the cage suddenly breaks away from the boat...

 

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt wrestle with some stilted dialogue as they try to survive against the odds, surrounded by sharks and with their oxygen running out. Most of the action takes place underwater – curiously filmed at Basildon Studios – and is suitably dark and claustrophobic, if not as exciting as last year’s The Shallows.

 

GEORGE SAVVIDES

 

Cast: Claire Holt, Mandy Moore, Chris J. Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago A. Segura, Matthew Modine.

 

Dir Johannes Roberts, Pro James Harris and Mark Lane, Screenplay Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera, Ph Mark Silk, Pro Des David Bryan, Ed Martin Brinkler, Music Tomandandy, Costumes Eleanor Baker.

 

The Fyzz Facility/Dragon Root/Flexibon Films/Lantica Pictures/Tea Shop & Film Company-Entertainment One.

85 mins. UK/USA/Dominican Republic. 2017. Rel: 26 July 2017. Cert. 15.