’47 Metres Down’ Review

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine, Chris Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura | Written by Johannes Roberts, Ernest Riera | Directed by Johannes Roberts

Directed by Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door), this ladies-in-peril shark thriller might lack the bite of last year’s The Shallows, but it delivers enough of the requisite suspense moments to ensure that it succeeds on its own B-movie terms.

Mandy Moore (TV’s This Is Us) and Claire Holt (TV’s The Vampire Diaries) play Lisa and Kate, two vacationing sisters who have come to Mexico to help Lisa get over being recently dumped by her boyfriend. (In an unexpected echo of Amy Schumer’s Snatched, Kate is a last-minute replacement for the now ex-boyfriend, which kind of makes you wish Schumer and Hawn had thrown in some sharks to liven things up a bit).

Down in the dumps
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47 Metres Down review

47 Metres Down – that’s 154 feet, to you and me – is a tense and enjoyable shark flick, but it squanders some of its potential...

For a film wound so tightly around its central premise – a ‘swim with sharks’ cage experience goes badly wrong – 47 Meters Down does an admirable amount of character work. Between that and the close quarters conceit, it manages to add something relatively unique to the sharks-kill-people cinematic subgenre.

Mandy Moore, carrying over so much goodwill from the adorable TV drama This Is Us, stars as Lisa, a recently single worrywart living in the shadow of her cooler sister (Kate, played by Claire Holt of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals). Right from the visually playful opening scene, the pair strike up a genuine-seeming rapport, which carries the film through some wobbles later on.

Kate is a cocksure thrill-seeker, and Lisa is in a slump, reeling over her ex.
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47 Meters Down Review

Back in the summer of 2016, Johannes Roberts’ 47 Meters Down readied itself for a guppy-sized VOD release (renamed Into The Deep). Then, without warning, his bottom-feeding nightmare was yanked from distribution. Why? Because Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios purchased the rights and organized a 2017 theatrical campaign through Freestyle Releasing.

Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Shallows proved that damsels-in-aquatic-distress could turn a profit, so why not gamble on 47 Meters Down? Two girls, one cage. Underwater anxiety flashes some pretty ferocious chompers when Roberts’ beasts are in peak aggression mode, benefiting from cinema screens versus home streaming. Kudos on the power-play, Mr. Allen. Maybe some more studios can start replicating your courage?

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt star as vacationing sisters, Lisa and Kate. The two American gals search for relaxation in Mexico, until Lisa confesses her boyfriend split before the getaway. This flips Kate’s party switch from “Maybe” to “Hell Yeah,” and before long,
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Film Review: ’47 Meters Down’

Film Review: ’47 Meters Down’
Recounting the basic plot of “47 Meters Down” doesn’t do the film many favors, since any detailed synopsis likely will make it sound like one of those cheesy “Jaws” knock-offs that served as drive-in fodder in the 1970s. Indeed, it’s ridiculously easy to imagine the sort of breathless taglines and lurid poster art that might have been used decades ago to hard-sell this scenario about two vacationing sisters who are stranded in a shark-cage way below the waves while hungry Great Whites loom large all around them. (“Lynn Lowry and Claudia Jennings are … ‘Shark Bait!’”) But credit must be given where it is due: Director Johannes Roberts’ mostly underwater thriller is a compact and sturdily crafted B-movie that generates enough scares and suspense to qualify as — well, maybe not a pleasant surprise, but a reasonably entertaining one.

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt star as two attractive sisters who try
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’47 Meters Down’ Review: Mandy Moore’s Shark Thriller Sinks Under the Weight of Its Own Unfathomable Silliness

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’47 Meters Down’ Review: Mandy Moore’s Shark Thriller Sinks Under the Weight of Its Own Unfathomable Silliness
If my calculations are correct, 47 meters comes out to 154 feet. Being trapped in a shark cage at that depth surely isn’t pleasant, and neither, it turns out, is watching a movie about such an ordeal: “47 Meters Down” sinks rather than swims, even if there are a few buoyant moments along the way.

Mandy Moore stars in Johannes Roberts’ entry in the vaunted shark-thriller genre, which finds her on vacation in Mexico. Her motivation is of the male variety, of course: Lisa was recently left by her boyfriend for being “too boring” and envisions this south-of-the-border excursion as a means of proving her ex wrong via exciting selfies of her living her best life. Since sitting poolside and late-night dance parties are totally basic, she eventually relents when her younger, more outgoing sister Kate (Claire Holt) suggests they go swimming with the sharks.

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Pulp Trailer

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Pulp Trailer
Infinite Finity. Thunder Racers. Rat Warriors. Junk Comics' library of titles has been referred to as the 'worst material printed since Mein Kampf'. Tony Leary (Jay Sutherland), the nice-guy owner of Junk Comics, is gearing up for one last roll of the dice. His new superhero title, The Sodomizer, launches at the British International Comic Show, and nothing will stop Tony from making it a success. Nothing except a gang of Geordie criminals who are using another comic company to launder their dirty money. Tony is drafted by the police to identify the culprits and bring them to justice. Aided by his trusty geek sidekicks, Rick and Keith, Tony must defy the odds if he is to become a real life hero. We have the first trailer for Pulp, an homage to comics and movies from directors Adam Hamdy and Shaun Magher. Check it out below.

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