There was nothing that I was actively looking forward to that came out this weekend, but I was planning on seeing all four wide releases because I have a MoviePass, so I through caution to the wind. My caution blew back into my face this time.
The writing of this film is definitely very rough. It feels like a B-movie in terms of writing and at times almost feels like a slightly elevated PSA. A more fitting title would have been "The Dangers of Peer Pressure as told through Expositional Dialogue". The writing had some really bad elements that were far too expositional. There is the rule of "show, don't tell", and this film often followed the (not a) rule of "show and tell". Those parts made me laugh. The characters make a series of illogical decisions, as most do in a lot of the bad entries into the genre. If they would just listen to the person giving them advice, all of these films would have ended more quickly. The character development is thin, but that can sort-of be excused, because the focus is on the suspense that is done somewhat well. There is also a really predictable twist at the end, and the technique afterwards seemed like it was gloating about the twist, but it wasn't really anything to gloat about. Still, I did enjoy the film somewhat as a laughably badly-written B-movie and because it had a semi-decent amount of suspense.
The cinematography of the film is actually really good, especially when compared to the quality of the writing. The shots are actually really beautiful and do a good job of building the suspense that isn't ruined by the anticlimactic writing. The visual effects are pretty good too. The sharks look really realistic. The biggest issues with the CGI were in the part in which the cage sunk, which looked a little cartoonish.
Overall, "47 Meters Down" is a decently made film that is brought down by its subpar writing. Someone had enough confidence in this film to bite it up for a theatrical release, but in my opinion, it should have been allowed to sink on VOD.
47 Meters Down
Big Tuna's Rating: C-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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