Director: Johannes Roberts
Writers: Johannes Roberts, Ernest Riera
Stars: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine
Plot: Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 55% Audience 36%
Why I Watched It: This got very mixed reviews, but it was the type of movie that you knew what you were getting and it was on sale at iTunes so I gave it a watch.
Thoughts: Just Look at the poster and you can tell what the selling point of the movie is, Sharks and the fear of sharks. Let’s be honest in these types of movies sharks are serial killers or home invaders.
What I liked: It’s a basic set up and to be honest it works, it’s scary, being in a cage left by yourself with sharks swimming around you is a scary premise and it works.
I liked the fact that this was streamlined, under 90 minutes and the film gives you what you want, sure it’s jump scares but a couple worked and there was a real sense of dread. The film was into the category I call “it is what it is” it’s a shark movie you not getting anything deeper than that.
What I didn’t like: Sure it’s a shark movie but could they put any effort into the human characters, this is more than slight and also you’re giving no reason to care for these people. My main problem character wise is Mandy Moore’s character, she’s the oldest sister, she just got dumped by her boyfriend cause he said she was boring, that’s it and add that she comes off whinny and come on you’re in a shark cage on the bottom of the ocean and you tell your younger sister the reason she loved having a relationship was that she had something her sister didn’t.
Also Moore’s performance is not great, she never stops talking and I mean she says everything in her head and she says it over and over again she sounded something like this “we’re doing to die, they’ve left us, I don’t want to die, I’m cold, there’s sharks, they’ll eat us, help me” After awhile she just drove me crazy and she’s one of those characters that keep saying the other characters name every time she talks to them. Claire Holt comes off better but she had no character at all, she’s the younger sister and she’s pretty, that’s it.
The film is not shot very well at times very hard to see and also the film looked bad, I get it was a small budget film but the film looked grainy. Also the direction was uninspired, workmanlike but boring and really lazy. The ending is going to divide people, I didn’t like it, I thought it was cheap and really mean and not earned. It was foreshadowed and I kind of saw it coming but still didn’t care for it.
Final Thoughts: It’s a shark movie pure and simple, they didn’t do anything different and it doesn’t stand out, it’s not terrible and it gives you mostly what you want from the sharks but I just wished they took some time with the characters.