47 Meters Down, B-
Rated PG-13, 89 minutes
The famous tagline from the classic Spielberg outing "Jaws" strongly encouraged "not to go in the water." Well, people still don't listen, they're going in and more shark movies are being made. The tense, jumpy new shark movie "47 Movies" isn't exactly revelatory (water, people, sharks all a bad idea) except it provides enough entertaining scares to keep you away from seafood for awhile.
Young sisters Kate (Claire Holt of TV's "The Vampire Diaries") and Lisa (Mandy Moore, of the hit show "This is Us") and travel to Mexico for a vacation filled with sun, fun and adventure. Lisa needs some extra persuasion when Kate suggests that they go diving in shark-infested waters. Safe in their protective cage, the thrill-seeking siblings come face to face with a group of majestic great whites. Their worst fears soon become a reality when the cage breaks away from their boat, sending them plummeting to the ocean floor with a dwindling supply of oxygen.
The familiar yet enjoyable survival thriller "47 Meters Down" is directed by British horror film director Johannes Roberts and is co-written by Roberts and Ernest Rivera. You can't really go wrong with sharks chomping at the bit, with this one landing squarely somewhere between the uber-scary "Jaws" and the uber-cheesy but still fun "Sharknado" films which have become almost an annual basic cable tradition the last few years. In other words, it's a serviceable entry in the shark genre, though not the best by a few meters.
If you think those women and men are scary in the entrepreneurial TV show "Shark Tank," well this is the real deal, taking two helpless young women and plopping them at the bottom of the ocean in a creaky old tank, surrounded by those deadly sharks and short supplies of oxygen. This is pretty standard-issue great white stuff, with some nice shark close ups and a twisty final few minutes that blurs the line between being and in and out of the water (and watch for '80's movie star Matthew Modine in a small part as the captain).
"47 Meters Down" is predictably scary fun and a tense ride for a quick 89 minutes. You've seen it all before, but it won't hurt seeing it again.