Parents' Guide to

47 Meters Down

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bloody shark tale is extremely tense, gripping.

Movie PG-13 2017 89 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 2+

One of the best thrillers I'd let my children watch

I have an 8 year old child along with an 11 year old child, both of them wanted to watch a "scary movie" with their mommy. I'm a very protective parent, I don't want my kids exposed to evil or anything to do with satan like the horror movies we have in theatres today. But this was almost a family-friendly thriller. They had you on the edge of the seat without being exposed to paranormal or satan or anything gory.
age 18+

Don't do this ( dive in shark waters without a trained and properly outfitted crew !)

I am a trained Scuba diver and I would have taken one look at the boat and the equipment and said NO. The only really nice equipment were their masks. Those are really expensive. The tanks were small. The could not have held enough air to last that long, and at that depth it would have been cold. You have to know what to look for before you do anything like this ! One more thing trained divers have what is known as a Certification card or C-Card that must be shown before attempting any dive to any one that does not know you!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (81 ):

An extremely simple idea unfolds into a no-frills thriller that's so insidiously gripping that it verges on throttling; shark fans shouldn't miss seeing this on the big screen. Crafting an admirably tight, 89-minute "B" movie, director/co-writer Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door) quickly sets up the story's sympathetic characters and just as quickly gets them in the shark tank, building suspense with cautious Lisa's believable and understandable panic. (Quick breathing is a tense part of this movie's soundtrack.)

Once underwater, the many obstacles keep the story moving briskly, from the depth of the water to the lack of air to the sharks themselves, which can pop out at any moment. At least one of the plot devices Roberts uses will have the power to catch you off guard, and there's a sudden drop into darkness that is -- frankly -- probably scarier than anything with teeth. Most impressively, 47 Meters Down raises its stakes high enough to make even seasoned moviegoers squirm and shriek in both terror and delight.

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