After 47 Meters Down, a survival thriller, became 2017’s sleeper of the summer, it’s only natural that Hollywood would grab this film by the udder, and milk it for everything it’s worth. By introducing an all-new cast, but bringing back the creative team ( director Johannes Roberts and co-writer Ernest Rivera) of the original film, Hollywood was trying their best to recapture that lightning in a bottle. Unfortunately, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged failed miserably at its attempt thanks to poor characters and predictable scares.
In 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, stepsisters Mia (Sophia Nélisse) and Sasha (Corrine Foxx) decide to skip out on a shark-seeing excursion their father Grant (John Corbett) booked and decided to hang out with fellow teenage girls Alexa (Brianna Tju) and Nicole (Sistine Stallone). The four decided to go free diving through the ruins of some ancient civilization. When the four realize they’re swimming with a Great White Shark, they have to work together to survive.
The strongest feature in 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, but not its saving grace, is original director Roberts successfully displaying the terrors of the deep, even though it takes a while before we get there. Most of the film is shot in dark, murky areas where visibility is low, so the idea of the shark always lurking around one of the unsuspecting victims just out of view is suspenseful.
Unfortunately, the film, much like its predecessor, doesn’t spend much time developing its characters before throwing them into the water. The writers did try to convey a bond with the father and his two daughters, and they did try to show a minor conflict between the stepsisters, but it fell flat. It’s clear the Roberts and Rivera copy and pasted from the first movie so they can focus more on the shark elements of the film.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged had an uphill battle on their hands from the start. With a two-year gap between both films, which is considered back-to-back after you take into consideration script, production, cast, location, and editing. While people who were fans of the original will like what Roberts was aiming for, this movie is just another thin layer on top of the genre. Had this film had another six months to work things out, it could’ve been just as good as its predecessor, may better.