The killer animal movie is a sub-genre that will not die. And why should it. These Horror stories speak to us on a primal level. Need we be reminded that the most famous of all, 1975’s Jaws, spawned the Summer Blockbuster, leaving a ripple effect that has changed the film industry to this day.
These movies are made so frequently, we just had Crawl hit 3,170 screens mid-July, and now a month later we get 47 Meters Down: Uncaged.
Oh, and Uncaged is a sequel to the 2017 release 47 Meters Down. I enjoyed the original, so I was there to sink my teeth into this follow up.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged is about four teen girls who dive down to explore a submerged Mayan ruin, only to find they invaded the territory of a rare, deadly species of shark.
For a movie of this type, Uncaged delivers on what we demand from the Genre. The thrills kept coming around each turn, and in an unpredictable manner for the most part. There is character work here, all be it quite thin.
Sophie Nelisse “The Book Thief”, “Close”) plays Mia, the smart, shy girl who is new to town and has trouble fitting in. Corinne Foxx (“Sweet/Vicious (TV)”, “The Worst Yoga Teacher Ever (Short)”) plays Sasha, Mia’s Step-Sister who reluctantly brings her into her circle of friends.
There is more to these characters, but unlike the first movie, Uncaged did not do enough to make me care about these protagonists. The same creative team is behind both movies. Johannes Roberts (“Storage 24”, “Darkhunters”) is the director, and he wrote the script along with Ernest Riera (“Overbooking”, “The Other Side Of The Door”).
Once things get down and dirty however, I was not disappointed. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged did what a sequel is supposed to, it gave us what we liked from the original but pushed things further. The use of the setting and how that changed things between predator and prey was a good spin. Think of the movie The Descent, just held underwater.
Tonally, Uncaged gets a bit over the top at times, reminiscent of The Meg. If you enjoy when a movie does this, you will go with it as I did. Thankfully the quality of the movie never dips.
The direction and visual style made each action scene different from the last. The acting and performances worked well in these moments of suspense. The main cast also includes Brianne Tju (“iZombie (TV)”, “A. P. Bio (TV)”) as Alexa and Sistine Rose Stallone in the role of Nicole.
Fear not if you missed the first 47 Meters Down, the two story lines are not related. I do prefer the original 2017 movie. At final glance, this movie was a fun ride. This is not the kind of ride I feel the need to go on multiple times…. but I’m glad I took the seat. See this one in a dark theater, the way nature intended.