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Open Water 3: Cage Dive

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dreadful threequel will have you rooting for the sharks.

Movie R 2017 80 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Oh please

They try to get you to care about the characters - and fail. The fact that they're filming it makes it even less believable. Glad they all bite it.
age 14+

Just terrible from start to finish

Don't bother with this film it's absolutely terrible

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With basically no association with Open Water 1 and 2 other than the "stranded with sharks" setup, this sequel is so dreadful that it will have you rooting for the sharks. How else to put a swift end to these superficial, horrible characters? Open Water 3: Cage Dive starts off with the laziest of "found footage" ideas (right out of The Blair Witch Project): an announcement that a camera has been found, with warnings for what we're about to see. Then the movie spends 30 long minutes on land, setting up the characters, who are basically all liars and narcissists. When they finally get into the water, we're asked to believe that a phony-looking "freak wave" causes the trouble.

In the second half, it's the characters' own stupidity and selfishness that sink them -- and those around them -- more so than any shark attacks. This half is barely watchable anyway, with the bobbing, hand-held footage and water lapping up around the sides of the frame, as well as some apparent sound troubles (the dialogue is muffled for a long stretch). Characters sometimes stop to narrate things that we've already seen. During the night sequences, there's nothing to look at (the camera's night vision doesn't work very well or sometimes at all), and it becomes painfully apparent that most of the dialogue consists of the characters yelling each other's names: "Jeff!" "Josh!" "Megan!" At least Open Water 3 is mercifully short.

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