A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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?
- In theaters: August 16, 2019
- On DVD or streaming: November 12, 2019
- Cast: Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju
- Director: Johannes Roberts
- Studio: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
- Genre: Thriller
- Topics: Ocean Creatures
- Run time: 89 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: creature related violence and terror, some bloody images and brief rude gestures
- Last updated: November 11, 2019
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