Two sisters Lisa and Kate, go on vacation in Mexico. Lisa is still in grief since her breakup with her boyfriend Stuart. The young women meet two young Mexicans who advise them to try the Shark Diving, that is to say, the cage diving with the sharks around.
Kate, a natural adventurer, convinces Lisa to accompany her for this thrilling experience that could change her ideas.The two young women then meet Taylor, a sailor who makes tourists take advantage of the shark diving in a clandestine way. The two young women enter the cage. Two large white sharks, about 6 meters long, then prowl around the cage. But an accident happens! The loose cable and cage share collapse to 47 meters deep.
Lisa and Kate find themselves alone in the dark without radio contact, with limited reserves of oxygen. The risk of a decompression accident prevents them from returning to the surface quickly. Now, outside the cage in the shadows, sharks are always on the lookout! 47 Meters Down is therefore is in keeping with the logic of the Shark Survival and in the line of The Reef. Just like Instinct of Survival.
We cannot repeat it enough, but Steven Spielberg's Teeth of the Sea has influenced the seventh art and more particularly the domain of Horror, generating the film with killer sharks. A genre that got very quickly out of breath literally sinking into the nanar with time. But in 2011, the cards were redistributed thanks to the release of Andrew Traucki's The Reef, which told the story of shipwrecked sharks. A new breath for the shark movie that revived by taking the paces of a survival.
Subsequently, other directors threw themselves on the vein. In 2016, we received the Instinct of Survival, which took up the aspect of shark survival, without bringing anything. We were falling into the reed of The Reef and there was nothing new on the horizon. But this year has also released another film of the same kind. This film was earlier titled In the Deep that is now known as 47 Meters Down, directed by Johannes Roberts, a regular of horror films.
This is again a shark survival movie which apparently did not seem to be able to bring any more, but which finally turns out to be quite a pleasant surprise. So much so that some have compared it to Gravity. However, as I said above, one could consider, in all proportions, that 47 Meters Down is to shark film what Gravity was to Science Fiction.
In fact, what makes the difference in 47 Meters Down is firstly the ambiance. From Open Water to Instinct of Survival, the shark survival genre always took place on the surface. Here, the film takes us to a depth of 47 meters. It thus renewed the aesthetics of the genre and abandons the maritime blue for an abyssal and impressive black surroundings.
The result is really oppressive. Our two young heroines are forced to leave the cage to go up to 40 meters in order to come into radio contact with the surface. They find themselves then plunged in a dark universe, not being able to distinguish what is a few meters in front of them. What is frightening in this film is not what you see, but what you do not see.
47 Meters Down pushes this concept to its climax. However, it does not fall into the Open Water trap. Unlike the latter, our service sharks will here be largely visible during the highlights. It works wonders and even while being on the alert, the viewer will automatically let himself be surprised.
47 Meters Down is a very black film, which is unusual for a shark movie. Johannes Roberts manages to create a climate of stress and total oppression. That's why I do not really like the official poster that does not exploit this aspect confining itself to the banality, where the original wanted more in the tonality of the work. The film also relies heavily on realism. If you are a diving enthusiast, you will find that 47 Meters Down is fairly accurate in what it shows. Notably on the effects that deep dives can have.
Numerous details come to credibilize the film. But above all, they shape the intrigue. As for the actors, the two heroines are interpreted by Mandy Moore and Claire Holt. The two actresses do pretty well without bursting the screen. Matthew Modine will also be welcomed as Taylor, the captain of the boat.
But our stars are also sharks. On this point, the level of perfection of the Survival Instinct is clearly not attained. However, our service sharks are pretty well made, large enough even to be credible. However, one can reproach 47 Meters Down its intro that draws a little in length by staging relations that are rather clichés with stories of rupture frankly misplaced. That said, one can also appreciate this aspect in the sense that the continuation of the plot takes a total counterpart.
The film also benefits from a very interesting twist, which the attentive spectator will be able to anticipate, but that surprised me well. In terms of music, it is good and there will also be blood and violent scenes, and the genre obliges.
In the end, 47 Meters Down succeeds. One would lie by saying that the film renews the genre, but it brings its stone to the edifice. Johannes Roberts manages to create a film with a particular atmosphere that is truly impressive. To me, it is one of the best shark movies ever made.