DMovies - Your platform for thought-provoking cinema

47 Metres Down

Director - Johannes Roberts - 2017

"Dirty gem"
Taking immersive cinema to a whole new level: British survival horror successfully recycles devices from the shark and claustrophobia horror movies to very convincing results, in a film that will leave your nails bleeding - in cinemas

The movie theatre is a dark and claustrophobic space by nature, and hence the right place to watch this extremely jarring and oppressive movie. 47 Metres Down is the ultimate immersive cinema experience, very effective is its objective of keeping viewers biting their nails and on the edge of their seats throughout. In fact, my fear was such that my fingers were almost bleeding by the end of this 85-minute dirtylicious film experience.

Lisa (the gorgeous American actress Mandy Moore) and Kate (the equally pretty Australian Claire Holt) are sisters holidaying in Mexico. Lisa’s boyfriend has recently broken up with her, and so Kate is doing the best she can in order to cheer up her sibling. And so she insists that they go on a cage diving shark adventure. She disregards the poor conditions of the equipment and illegality of the bizarre joy ride, which is being conducted by a very dubious Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine) in a derelict and converted fishing vessel.

Exactly as you would expect, the cable breaks and they get trapped underwater at the depth described in the film title, surrounding by giant predatory shark, with their oxygen running out and unaware whether the men will come for their rescue or simply vanish. The claustrophobia and precariousness of the situation will get you sucked right in. You will feel as vulnerable as the two young females.

The director successfully recycles devices from various horror movies, such as sharks, underwater and confinement flicks. The creatures are believable enough, the photography is dark and convincing and so is the entire predicament of the girls. There is blood and gore, but not too much. And there are fantastic images and events in the final third of the movie, which are then accurately explained by the clever twist at the end of the movie. In many ways, this is still a formulaic horror: vulnerable females being punished for doing something naughty. But it works very well.

One interesting fact about this movie and other British horror films about going underwear/underground is that it hardly feels British and it’s set abroad. In the equally British and extremely scary The Descend (Neil Marshall, 2005) the action takes place in deep caves the in US, and the actors are a blend of American and Australian (just like here). And in the recent The Chamber (Ben Parker, 2017), a submarine crew gets trapped underwater in North Korean waters. All of these are very good movies, but they beg the question: do we have to move away from our territory so often in order to convey horror? Isn’t our little island scary enough? And does our British identity have to get diluted once we go underwater or underground?

47 Metres Down is out in UK cinemas on Wednesday, July 26th. Watch it in a large cinema screen with outstanding sound effects for the full experience

And click here for our review of another extremely riveting film to be watched on a very large silver screen (ideally IMAX), and also showing right now in UK cinemas.



"Dirty gem"

By Victor Fraga - 25-07-2017

By Victor Fraga - 25-07-2017

Victor Fraga is a Brazilian born and London-based journalist and filmmaker with more than 15 years of involvement in the cinema industry and beyond. He is an LGBT writer, and describes himself as a di...

DMovies Poll

Are the Oscars dirty enough for DMovies?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Most Read

Forget Friday the 13th, Paranormal Activity and the [Read More...]
Just a few years back, finding a film [Read More...]
A lot of British people would rather forget [Read More...]
A small family of four lives in a [Read More...]
Another year has gone by, and DMovies is [Read More...]
Pigs might fly. And so Brexit might happen. [Read More...]

Read More

Geographies of Solitude

Jacquelyn Mills
2022

Victor Fraga - 06-12-2022

A lone and devoted scientist studies and records the fauna and the flora of a remote Canadian Island for five decades - reflective documentary shows at the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

Harka

Lotfy Nathan
2022

Victor Fraga - 06-12-2022

Young Tunisian man has to fend for himself and his two younger sisters, in a country that offers his generation very few opportunities - tantalising drama is in Competition at the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

Our Lady of the Chinese Shop (Nossa Senhora da Loja do Chines)

Ery Claver
2022

Victor Fraga - 06-12-2022

Dirtylicious Angolan gumbo of a movie blends religion, reason and colonialism into one single recipe - from the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

Facebook Comment

Website Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *