In this era of “female empowerment” movies when everything ever done is being recast with women (think Wonder Woman and Ghostbusters), it was only a matter of time before someone got a hold of Jaws and made it female-centric. This is that movie.
Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are two sisters who are secretly in competition with each other. Lisa’s boyfriend has dumped her, and she thinks going on a vacation with Kate will make everything OK. Lisa is secretly envious of Kate’s rapport with guys and she hopes vacationing in Mexico (here being portrayed by the Dominican Republic) and taking pictures to show her ex will make him jealous and willing to come back to her.
The fly in the ointment is that the girls meet up with a couple of local Lotharios who convince them that cage diving among sharks is just the ticket. Lisa almost chickens out twice but finally gets roped into trying the stunt, which they both later regret. They go through a quick “crash course” about their equipment and are lowered into the drink in a cage.
Soon enough a large shark begins circling the cage while Lisa panics and asks to be raised up and out, which is when the fun begins. The steel wire holding the cage is frayed and weak. It snaps, sending the cage the titular 47 metres down, and the remainder of the film involves the girls’ attempts to reach the surface without becoming fish food. There are several good, jump-out-of-your-seat moments, but you quickly realise that you’ve seen all of this before in films from Jaws to Deep Blue Sea, and it begins to get monotonous.
The direction is relatively lackluster, and the ending is highly unsatisfactory. You may usually come out after the movies talking about the film, but you’re more likely to leave 47 Metres Down thinking “what the hell did I just watch?”