47 Meters Down (Blu-ray)

December 19, 2017 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

I don’t mess around in the water. I’m just being honest. I can get the appeal of going to the beach, but it’s just not for me. I do, however, love simply going to the pool on a sunny day, but that’s the extent for me. I don’t like the sand going everywhere, but more importantly, the not knowing what exactly is in the water. I don’t have some childhood fear of sharks (or other creatures of the deep), but it’s definitely there. I can’t imagine being in the water and seeing one. While 47 Meters Down isn’t a game changer by any means, it can hold some entertainment value for those with the right mindset. I much prefer a film like Deep Blue Sea than this, but in some ways we’re comparing apples and oranges. This is much more a survival tale where the characters are confined to one setting for the majority of the film.

We’re introduced to sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) who are on vacation in Mexico. On their trip, they meet some locals who convince them to go underwater and view sharks up close via a safety cage. What could go wrong with that scenario, right? Well a lot, actually, because there has to be a movie, right? All kidding aside, things do in fact go horribly wrong. The cable that’s attached to the cage snaps and they sink to the bottom of the sea. They have oxygen masks, but that only last so long. And so the situation is in place, and it’s now survival time.

One might recall the recent The Shallows when talking about this film. While I did mostly enjoy both films, I feel Shallows was the more effective and involving film of the two. It was also mostly a solo affair as it followed the Blake Lively character through the entire film. It also feels mandatory that a film like this includes some locals who the lead characters flirt with early in the film. They usually are the ones to either lead our characters across their adventure or at least mention it to them. Indeed, that’s what happens here as a pair of local men do in fact give the sisters the idea to go diving in the first place. We’re given enough backstory about the sisters to care enough about them, but I still feel

Meters runs out of steam before the end. Even with the brief running time, I admit I grew a bit bored with the film. There are indeed some intense moments, but it just grew tiresome. I feel there are ultimately enough pros to warrant a rental, but it’s hardly essential viewing. I’d recommend The Shallows over this one any day. Not to mention that we get to stare at Blake Lively in a bikini in the majority of that film, but I digress.

Video: How’s it look?

We do get some strong visuals here as the first half of the film shows off the nice beach setting and backdrop. The latter half being the underwater sequences which are rather straightforward. Still, the transfer serves the film nicely. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.39:1 ratio. The print is clean and free of obvious flaws. Fans will be pleased.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The DTS HD track swims (see what I did there?) onto Blu-Ray with a strong impact. The side and rear speakers remained active and vocals were clear. Obviously the underwater sequences should be taken at face value, but there are little complaints I have. The track involves us.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Audio Commentary – Writer/Director Johannes Roberts and Producer James Harris make for an interesting track that covers most topics, so it’s worth a listen.
  • Unexpected Originality: The Making of 47 Meters Down – This is just over 11 minutes, but still provides some good insights.

The Bottom Line

This isn’t a game changer, nor is it even a particularly great film, but it might fill a void if you’re in the mood for a film of this sort. There are far better films in this genre (Shallows, for one), but this is more than adequate. Rent it.

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