47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)

47 Meters Down: Uncaged

2019/8/15 90 min. Adventure , Horror , Thriller

Sophie Nélisse , Corinne Foxx , Sistine Stallone , Brianne Tju , Brec Bassinger , John Corbett , Nia Long , Davi Santos , Khylin Rhambo

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Overview

The teenager Mia moves with her father and her new family to Mexico. Bored, she has to kill time with her stepsister Sasha while her father works as a researcher in an ancient submerged Mayan city. Mia, Sasha and two friends will end up exploring some Mayan caves without supervision. And what looked like any hobby will become an aquatic hell when they discover that they are surrounded by huge white sharks and trapped with hardly any oxygen.

A film that gets to the point, with honest and simple cinematographic language methods, which is not complicated by unnecessary puns and footage and offers what it promises, this can not be objected. A different matter is that what it is counting offers enough interest: youth adventures at sea, light terror extracted from the classic Shark wave, Instagram environments and bodies, a script of just a few sketches, and staging that prefers subtlety to the trick of the musical and assembly fireworks.

47 Meter Down: Uncaged, again composed of Cambridge Englishman Johannes Roberts, rises a good step above the first installment, of 2017, and is at the same time nothing and everything; superficiality and accuracy; Lightness and professionalism. 

In the first sequences, Roberts and his usual co-writer, the Mallorcan based in the United Kingdom Ernest Riera, manage to articulate a couple of interior conflicts of low intensity around the collegiate monism and the new families of second nuptials, with stepsisters living together with the absence of ties and experiences of the past.

Nothing of the other world, but well rounded at the end with its circular structure, and the academic process of the protagonist from extreme shyness to heroic courage. 

But what Roberts really stands out is in the pulse for the narration of the sequences with the sharks at the bottom of the Mexican caves where it is set, and in which he takes advantage to play with the atavism of the underwater ruins and the Mayan archaeological remains. It is there that claustrophobia takes possession of the viewer with images of remarkable merit.

For the rest, the girls are dying in the traditional order without major surprise: the worse the behavior, the greater the punishment; Roberts plagiarized the moment of Samuel L. Jackson's speech in Deep Blue Sea (Renny Harlin, 1999), and the lightweight burden is forgotten within two minutes of leaving the cinema.

After the adventure in a diving cage of '47 Meters Down' (2017), the director and screenwriter of this unexpected franchise, Johannes Roberts, decides to take his new protagonists to a kind of submerged ruins that end up turning that segment of the film in a maze with a monster, something that would help the whole if it had not cost so much to get lost and if the threat itself was more than a beast that moves by simple inertia.

None of this matters if one has been able to accompany each other properly and has chosen with caution the cinema in which to see if Corinne Foxx and Sistine Rose Stallone, daughters of Jamie Foxx and Sylvester Stallone, turn this title into that fun and embarrassing first cinematographic experience.

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