47 Meters Down
|47 Meters Down|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Johannes Roberts|
|Edited by||Martin Brinkler|
|Distributed by||Entertainment Studios|
|Box office||$19.7 million|
47 Meters Down is a 2017 British survival horror film directed by Johannes Roberts, written by Roberts and Ernest Riera and starring Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura and Matthew Modine. It was released on June 16, 2017 and has grossed $19 million worldwide.
Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are sisters on vacation in Mexico. Lisa’s boyfriend has broken up with her because “she made the relationship boring”. Kate attempts to cheer Lisa up by taking her out drinking and dancing at 1:00 a.m. They meet up with some local men who tell them about cage diving with sharks. Lisa is reluctant but Kate convinces her to come along by mentioning her ex’s words.
They arrive the next day at the dock waiting for the men they met the night before. Lisa is still apprehensive, but Kate reassures her she is going to be fine. The men arrive and talk to Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine). The women follow and both lie about being experienced divers even though only Kate knows how to dive.
As they journey out to the cage diving spot Captain Taylor baits the sharks. Kate is skeptical about the entire dive, but Captain Taylor dismisses her concerns. The locals dive first in the cage. Unbeknownst to everyone on the boat, the cable supporting the cage starts to fray. The men return to the surface unharmed and Captain Taylor prepares to send Lisa and Kate down. While Lisa and Kate are in the cage, the boat winch breaks off of the boat, sending them down to the seafloor bottom at 47 meters. This also takes them out of communication range. Kate swims up to 40 meters to resume communications with Captain Taylor who tells her Javier (Chris J. Johnson) will be coming down with a spare winch to pull them up. He also advises them to stay in the cage as the sharks are all around. Both women are quickly running out of air, while they wait in the cage until they see a flashlight in the distance. Thinking Javier must not be able to see them, Lisa swims out to get him as Kate’s air is lower due to the previous swim. Lisa swims towards the light, low to the ground to avoid shark attacks from the bottom. A shark tries to attack Lisa but she swims into a small alcove to avoid it. Continuing to go towards the light, she comes to a cliff with no bottom in sight.
Swimming over the cliff towards the light she finds the flashlight but no Javier. While looking around, she gets confused about her distance from the cage and Kate. Just as Javier appears and attempts to usher her back towards safety he is attacked and killed by a shark. Lisa manages to get Javier’s spear gun and swims back towards the cage . With the newly acquired flashlight as well as the spear gun Lisa swims up and notifies Taylor to pull them up. Disaster strikes as they are both winched to safety and the replacement winch line snaps and the cage descends back down to the seafloor. This time, the cage lands on Lisa’s leg, pinning her down. Lisa and Kate panic as they realize they are now both low on options as well as air.
Kate decides to swim up to communication range so that she can tell Taylor about their low air as well as Lisa’s predicament. She succeeds and Captain Taylor tells her he is sending down some air tanks and the Mexican Coast Guard is an hour out. He also warns her that the second tank may cause nitrogen narcosis which can lead to hallucinations. Kate finds the air tanks just as her original tank goes empty. She also finds the three flares for them to use for the Coast Guard.
As she returns to the cage, Kate is attacked and dragged away by a shark. Lisa, still pinned and running low on air, uses the spear from the spear gun to pull the tank towards her. In the process, she is cut by the spear on the hand. She attaches the new tank, and shortly after doing so, she hears Kate communicating with her over their radio; she is injured, low on air, and the blood is attracting more sharks. Lisa states she will find her, and uses her BCD to lift up the cage, unpinning her leg. After Lisa finds Kate, Taylor informs them the Coast Guard is still some time out and they need to get back in the cage. Lisa adamantly refuses due to the nature of Kate’s wounds, and they decide to swim to the surface. As they begin to swim up, they use one of the three flares to scare the sharks. At the 30 meter mark, they are reminded by Taylor they must wait five minutes for their blood levels to acclimate. During this time, the first flare extinguishes. Reaching for the second flare, Kate drops it. Lisa lights the third flare, which reveals the face of a shark. They are now surrounded by them and must rush to the surface.
Taylor yells to drop their gear and make a break for the surface. They swim as fast as they can to the surface near the boat. As they cling to a life preserver to get to the boat, one of the sharks bite Lisa’s leg and pulls her back down to the water. Lisa fights the shark by hitting it and ripping its eye out, which causes the shark to release her. Captain Taylor and the other men are able to pull Lisa and Kate onto the boat and begin administering first aid. However, as Lisa stares at her hand on the deck of the boat, it is revealed that she has been hallucinating for some time due to the excess nitrogen in her blood from the air tanks. Her leg is still trapped under the cage on the ocean floor as she laughs and imagines that she is talking to Kate on the boat deck. The coast guard comes to rescue her and carries Lisa to the surface without Kate. Lisa, as she is slowly and cautiously being brought to the surface she’s coming out of her hallucination and also realizes her sister isn’t with her and starts to cry and call out to Kate.
- Mandy Moore as Lisa
- Claire Holt as Kate
- Chris J. Johnson as Javier
- Yani Gellman as Louis
- Santiago Segura as Benjamin
- Matthew Modine as Captain Taylor
Original distributor Dimension Films had initially set a North American DVD and VOD release date for August 2, 2016. However, on July 25, Variety reported that Dimension had sold the rights to Entertainment Studios. Entertainment Studios cancelled the August 2 home release and instead released the film theatrically in the United States on June 16, 2017. Dimension had already sent out screeners and pressed DVDs of the film to retailers before the deal. The DVDs under the re-title In the Deep were recalled; however, several retailers broke the street date and a handful of physical copies were sold and have since turned up on eBay as collector’s items. After the purchase, Entertainment Studios reverted to the original title 47 Meters Down.
In North America, 47 Meters Down was released alongside All Eyez on Me, Rough Night and Cars 3, and was initially projected to gross around $5 million from 2,300 theaters in its opening weekend. However it made $4.5 million on its first day (including $735,000 from Thursday night previews), increasing weekend estimates to $11 million. It went on to debut to $11.5 million, finishing 5th at the box office.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 54% based on 69 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “47 Meters Down doesn’t take its terrifying premise quite as far as it should, but its toothy antagonists still offer a few thrills for less demanding genre enthusiasts.” On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 53 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of “C” on an A+ to F scale.