47 Meters Down: Uncaged

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
47 Meters Down: Uncaged Movie Poster Image
Poorly made shark sequel has some gory moments.
  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 24 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The only real message here is that it's best to think twice before taking dangerous risks.

Positive Role Models & Representations

During small moments -- especially near the end -- characters risk their own safety to try to help one another.

Violence

Shark-related violence. Sharks attack, scooping up victims in their mouths. Blood swirls in the water. Several jump scares. Characters die. Gory human head. A character drowns, horrifyingly. Bloody, gory wounds. Shark shot with a flare gun. Collapsing cave walls. General suspense, terror. Bullies shove a teen into a swimming pool.

Sex

Teens in skimpy bathing suits.

Language

"Ass," "hell," "crap," "screw," "shut up," "oh my God," and "idiot." Middle-finger gestures.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is the sequel to 47 Meters Down. Expect shark-related violence: Characters are attacked, bitten, and killed, with gory wounds and blood swirling in the water. A gory human head is shown, and a character drowns, horrifyingly, on camera. A flare gun is fired at a shark, and bullies shove a character into a swimming pool. Language includes uses of "ass," and there are middle-finger gestures. Teen girls wear skimpy swimsuits. Unfortunately, this movie lacks everything that made the original worth seeing; this one has confusing visuals, underdeveloped characters, and weak jump scares.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byKill Bill vol .1 August 16, 2019

13+

an okay movie for kids 13 and up. It has quite a bit of blood but its about the standard amount for a shark attack. There is a lot of language and drinking. The... Continue reading
Adult Written byMomdeats August 14, 2019
Teen, 16 years old Written byShowman movie13 March 21, 2020

Intense and very violent; with bloody scenes- all involved with sharks!

I thought this movie very good! I thought the violence was very intense(4/5): for bloody attacks and terror scene. The Good Role Models: is very mild, but some... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byjustic3 June 13, 2020
I really don't see why this movie only has one star. I mean, yes, it's not the best movie in the world, but it's entertaining throughout the whol... Continue reading

What's the story?

In 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, Mia (Sophie Nelisse) and Sasha (Corinne Foxx) are reluctant stepsisters, with Mia's father, Grant (John Corbett), married to Sasha's mother, Jennifer (Nia Long). Grant has found an underwater cavern and is busy mapping it out, so when Mia and Sasha are booked on a glass-bottom boat tour, Sasha convinces Mia to run off with her two best friends, Alexa (Brianne Tju) and Nicole (Sistine Rose Stallone), instead. Since Alexa is dating Grant's assistant, she knows where the cave is and brings the girls there to swim. Discovering a shipment of scuba-diving equipment, they decide to go exploring. Unfortunately, hungry sharks appear, and the girls find themselves trapped, with their air tanks running out.

Is it any good?

Unlike the tight, gripping original, this pointless shark-related sequel is meandering and unfocused, with interchangeable characters and confusing visuals. Writer-director Johannes Roberts and co-writer Ernest Riera follow up their crafty 2017 hit with entirely new characters and a new scenario and location. But while the first movie deftly developed its two characters and then kept them in one spot, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged has four characters who rove all around a disorienting cave. It's impossible to tell at any given moment where anyone is or who anyone is. (It's almost as bad as Open Water 3: Cage Dive.)

The four teen girls, covered in scuba gear, continually shout one another's names ("Mia!" "Alexa!" "Sasha!" "Nicole!" "You guys!") as if that will help clear up who's who. It doesn't. The swishy underwater photography and constantly swinging flashlights completely obscure the space of the action, rendering much of the attempted suspense inert. Instead, Roberts is reduced to turning his movie into a traditional slasher-type scenario, with cheap jump scares and sudden appearances; none of it makes much sense. The ancient cavern setting could have been quite spectacular, but instead 47 Meters Down: Uncaged only serves to taint the memory of its predecessor.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about 47 Meters Down: Uncaged's violence. What's shown and not shown? How did it affect you?

  • What's the appeal of scary movies? Why do people sometimes like to be scared?

  • Why do you think so many people (and movies) are fascinated with sharks?

  • How does the movie treat bullies? What are other ways of handling them?

  • Have you ever taken a dangerous risk? How did it turn out? Were the rewards worth it? Was there a lesson learned?

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