Johannes Roberts brought us underwater in 2017 for an anxiety-filled adventure with 47 Meters Down. In 2019, Roberts would do the same. Only this time with more sharks, more blood, and way more anxiety. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is definitely the best of two films. Roberts picked up on the little tinkering that needed to be done in the original and doubled down on the sharks.
Uncaged follows stepsisters Mia (Sophia Nèlisse) and Sasha (Corinne Foxx). They have just recently moved to Yucatan, Mexico and are in a private school. Mia is getting bullied and Sasha doesn’t care to help her sister. Their parents Grant (John Corbett) and Jennifer (Nia Long) send the girls on a bonding trip to see Great White Sharks on a boat. You know, the whole throw chum in the water and watch through a glass Shark Week thing.
Sasha whom already has plans to go see an underwater Mayan city her stepfather has discovered convinces Mia to join her. The girls along with their friends Alexa (Brianne Tju) and Nicole (Sistine Rose Stallone) go on a deadly adventure. The girls get trapped in the caves within the city with two ancient sharks and must find a way out.
This film definitely has some amazing moments. The cinematography by Mark Silk shows off the beauty of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. The screenplay could have used some tweaking here and there. Unlike the first film, this one was very predictable. You knew how it was going to end before you even got to the middle of the second act. What I will say though, is that this film’s ending will give you an anxiety attack for the ages.
Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed this film as a fan of shark movies. There were a lot of technicalities that needed fixes. Also, the acting in this film was terrible. The young adult actors were the least interesting thing about the movie. I enjoyed certain moments with them but I never cared about the main characters.
Shark films have somewhat become a joke in recent years. The 47 Meters Down series is trying to break out of that and bring them back. Johannes Roberts definitely has my respect and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both films. I feel like if the studio funds production more, then he will definitely give us a shark film for the ages.
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The film stars Sophia Nèlisse, Corrine Foxx, Sistine Rose Stallone, and Brianne Tju.