A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Makes arguments both for living safely and taking chances; the "living safely" side wins out without much of a struggle.
Positive Role Models
While they probably shouldn't have been there in the first place, the main characters are sisters who share a strong bond, and they have several opportunities to be brave/resourceful and overcome their fears for the chance to save each other. On the other hand, one of these characters is defined largely by her relationship with a man -- she feels she has to show that she's not "boring" in order to prove him wrong.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent/strong tension, peril, and panic. Shark attacks; characters die. Lots of blood mingling with the water. Bloody wounds. Spear gun wound. A character's leg is trapped under the cage. Chum buckets are poured overboard.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. A young woman asks whether her butt looks cute in her diving suit.
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One use of "f--k," plus uses of "s--t," "butt," "oh my god."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters go out drinking and dancing while on vacation. They drink shots; brief joke about a headache the next morning.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 47 Meters Down is a thriller about two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) who get trapped underwater in a shark cage. Expect plenty of blood, mostly swirling around in the water, as well as from bleeding wounds and gory chum buckets. Sharks attack, and characters die. Characters are trapped, and there's lots of panic and tension. Language is infrequent but includes one "f--k," one "s--t," and one "butt." There's a little kissing, and a character asks whether her butt looks cute in her diving suit. The characters go out dancing and drink shots, and there's a quick joke about a headache the next morning. While there aren't a lot of strong messages or role models here (though it's worth noting that the two main characters are women who have to be brave and resourceful -- albeit in ridiculous circumstances), it's still an incredibly effective "B" movie: swift, tightly constructed, and terrifying. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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