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47 Meters Down: Uncaged

by JC Alvarez
Tuesday Nov 12, 2019
47 Meters Down: Uncaged

Fear runs deep!

That's what the filmmakers behind "47 Meters Down: Uncaged," available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, would have you think. In director Johannes Roberts follow-up to the 2017 film that plunged a pair of swimsuits models to the dangerously dark depths of the ocean floor, in Great White shark-infested waters, the premise remains the same: Sharks are dangerous, air runs out, and no amount of pilates can prepare you to battle the oceans' most able predator.

The film takes advantage of many of the usual slasher film tropes, including bikini-clad damsels, darkened, claustrophobic chambers, and the derring-do of a Final Girl. In this case Sophie NĂ©lisse, who is having a difficult time fitting in with her sister and her friends. Their adventurous spirit leads them into an underwater Mayan temple, a catacomb full of burial sites and hidden dangers, which is reminiscent of the horror movie "Descent"; and then, of course, there's the shark, the cinema monster that has been terrorizing audiences since "Jaws," the 1975 movie that was the first summer blockbuster.

The ladies venture into the cavernous depths of the temple and cave dive through an ancient maze of tight corridors submerged in water. No one has ever dared to traverse these caverns, and the animal life has adapted to the dark conditions — including the Great White, which doesn't need to see to make hamburger out of its victims. The girls get trapped and soon find themselves in the fight of their lives battling the beast and the elements. The terrain gets more treacherous, the air is further depleted, and a shark's hunger is hardly ever sated! Most of the cast get eaten, some don't.

Although mostly CGI is used to create the movie monster, the threat of the predator is extremely visceral and present, though it quickly becomes as uninteresting as the film's leading ladies. A bit of backstory is added to help build a rapport and establish the pecking order — it becomes very clear, very quickly, who is going to survive "47 Meters Down: Uncaged." The Blu-ray includes a behind the scenes making-of documentary, as well as audio commentary from the filmmakers. The package also includes a Digital Copy to add to your mobile library.

"47 Meters Down: Uncaged"
Blu-ray and Digital, Rated R

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".

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