Young characters do something they shouldn’t and end up having to deal with a force of nature. Pretty straightforward stuff for a shark movie.
Going into a little more detail here, “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” is a sequel to 2017’s “47 Meters Down,” which I didn’t see. Despite not being brushed up on my “47 Meters” lore, though, this one is pretty easy to dive right into.
The movie follows four teenage girls, with the main characters being step-sisters Mia (Sophie Nelisse) and Sasha (Corinne Foxx). Their father is a diving explorer who is researching an ancient underwater city.
On one afternoon, the two girls and their friends decide to check the location out for themselves, but in doing so, they come across a shark that’s evolved to live, and hunt, in the dark. As a result, the four now have to try and survive with limited oxygen in a what’s basically an underwater maze.
“Uncaged” is really standard genre stuff. While it has a connection to the man-vs-nature concept, it’s much more akin to a slasher movie. Trade in the killer for the hungry shark and there you go. Basically it’s a kill-off one-by-one set up and it goes along a fairly predictable path.
With that said, it’s fairly entertaining at least. The shark design, with wide white eyes, is rather freaky and there is a in fact a creepy atmosphere set. When it comes to the latter, it mostly works thanks to the claustrophobia of the situation.
Not only are the heroes in an underwater cave with few exits, they’re also in very tight spots with not much room to escape. For a 90 minute movie, it can keep an audience on edge.
What doesn’t help the movie, though, are some of the scenes in the midst of the shark attacks. The camera is usually shaking or the characters and/or shark are erratic and there are bubbles everywhere, making it damn near impossible to see exactly what’s going on.
While there is the atmospheric setting of being underwater in this scenario, the tension is broken when it’s difficult to make out what’s happening.
Another detriment are the characters. Not that they need to have amazing depth, but movies like “Crawl” and “The Shallows” have shown that it can be done better.
Overall, this one is a creature feature that can get the job done at home by streaming, but isn’t worth rushing out to the theater for, considering it’s hard to see what’s happening even on a big screen. It’s mostly forgettable, but a person can probably find enjoyment in a rental. 2.5 out of 5.