After the outstanding success of the shark horror film “47 Meters Down”, director Johannes Roberts himself is also responsible for the sequel 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED and delivers tried-and-tested motifs of animal terror in a new scenario. We reveal more about this in our review.
Alexa (Brianne Tju) and Nicole (Sistine Stallone) persuade Sasha (Corinne Foxx) and Mia (Sophie Nélisse) to go on an adventure.
The plot summary
Nicole (Sistine Rose Stallone), Sasha (Corinne Foxx), Alexa (Brianne Tju) and Mia (Sophie Nélisse) discover a sunken Mayan city while diving together. But their amazement at the unexplored ruins gets stuck in their throats and the dive turns into a horror trip! Because the underwater city turns out to be a hunting ground for huge great white sharks with killer instincts. A game of cat and mouse begins with the ocean’s greatest terror. As the oxygen supply becomes increasingly scarce, Nicole, Sasha, Alexa and Mia have to find a way out of their underwater hell in the underwater labyrinth full of narrow caves and eerie tunnels. A race against time and a breathless fight for survival begins…
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With grosses of over 60 million dollars and production costs of just five million, the shark horror “47 Meters Down”, which was released in cinemas in 2017 (and had already been sent to home cinema), was one of the most successful indie productions (measured by budget). the year of its creation. Director Johannes Roberts, who had recently directed the sequel to a horror hit with “The Strangers: Sacrificial Night” , showed interest in a sequel early on and took over together with Ernest Riera, with whom he worked after “The Other Side of the Door” and “ 47 Meters Down” is now working together for the third time, including the script itself. Perhaps it would have done the tired premise of man-hunting sea monsters a lot of good to put this task(s) in the hands of other filmmakers, because even if Roberts changes the set piece and Although the new choice of a remote underwater cave is one of the clear advantages of his new film, the director and author relies primarily on everything that fans of the genre have been presented with over and over again for decades. That may be enough to satisfy the hardcore fans, but those responsible for the genre are not offering any new impulses – quite the opposite.
Mia (Sophie Nélisse) is pushed into the pool with all her belongings by her classmate Catherine (Brec Bassinger).
Although many viewers and critics of the predecessor particularly praised the very minimalist scenery, which is primarily about two young women stuck in an underwater cage 47 meters deep in the ocean and suddenly finding themselves confronted with bloodthirsty shark attacks, ” 47 Meters Down” simultaneously sets new standards in terms of “suspension of disbelief” – which in plain language means: Anyone who questions the whole situation for even a second is lost. After all, you have to swallow that two women go onto a shady boat owned by strange men without any questions, then climb into a completely rusted cage without much information in order to abseil into the depths to observe sharks. It’s simply the best idea to get involved in this scenario without question – even if you have to at least turn a blind eye to it. For the sequel “Uncaged”, Roberts leaves the cage away – as the title suggests. And we also question whether all the events in the film even take place here at a depth of 47 meters. The film could also have been released on the market completely separate from the first part, but the hope is that this would probably make it easier for fans of the predecessor to be lured to the cinema (small fun fact for fans: pay attention to how they did in “Uncaged” at the beginning). occurring school is called…).
As usual with such genre contributions, the plot is just an alibi. The fact that one of the main characters is a victim of bullying at her school, is dissatisfied with her family situation and also has a strained relationship with her half-sister only lays the foundation for the shark horror, which builds up here just as clumsily as in “47 Meters Down”. Here there are several ravishingly beautiful teenage girls who, contrary to previous warnings, go into a remote underwater cave where excavations of an ancient city are currently taking place. Needless to say, at some point everything just goes wrong and the Graces would simply have listened better to the warnings. The whole plot just has to gain momentum somehow. But Johannes Roberts has never really had it with logic and variety before… But what the Cambridge-born director can score points with this time too is the atmosphere. In “The Other Side of the Door” he used the fresh Indian backdrop as a setting for a classic horror film and in the case of “47 Meters Down” the aspect with the cage was at least quite interesting. “Uncaged”, on the other hand, is actually really oppressive in the best moments, simply because the set piece of the sunken Inca city with its many winding caves and alleys creates an eerily beautiful feeling, which is further reinforced by the fact that the cameraman specializes in underwater shots Mark Silk (“47 Meters Down”) remains underwater almost the entire time.
In addition, the assessment of “Uncaged” is similar to that of Alexandre Aja’s crocodile horror film “Crawl”: In terms of craftsmanship, Johannes Roberts delivers some scenic masterpieces in his latest film that at least make you forget for a while how incredibly stupid everything around it actually is – and unfortunately also the girls themselves, who one after the other fall victim to the sharks. One reason is the well-dosed placement of jump scares, often accompanied by the sudden appearance of the animals. But where you could normally let the nasty creatures swim towards the camera as quickly as possible, in “Uncaged” the scenes in which the sharks appear very slowly cause discomfort. On the other hand, the ever-decreasing oxygen level hangs over the scene as a growing threat like a sword of Damocles and makes everything a bit more oppressive. We don’t want to ask at this point the question of why the ladies can talk underwater without a radio or the like. Unfortunately, Roberts throws this subtly created sense of danger out the window for a rather clumsy final act. In this one he shows those responsible for “Meg” how they could have made it much more insane, but the riotous finale doesn’t fit in at all with the calm images in the previous 70 minutes. And you have to be honest: Even if last year’s shark horror blockbuster fell far short of its potential, you can get excited about a guy like Jason Statham a lot more than characters who are only seen as “fresh meat” anyway “were cast and about whom you don’t know anything else…
Conclusion: Nothing new under water – “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” varies the premise of its predecessor, but otherwise takes no risks. In terms of staging, however, the shark horror film is certainly convincing. Especially because the setting of the sunken Inca city is shown off perfectly here.
“47 Meters Down – Uncaged” can be seen in USA cinemas from October 10th.