47 Metres Down Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
Two friends are exploring the deep blue sea until something goes wrong. As they submerge 47m they encounter a creature that only wants flesh and blood. As they fight their way back to the top, they shortly run out of oxygen. With only an hour left they're not only racing against time they are racing against life and death.

The Review
I know that I am getting old and the older I get the less I seem to be interested in horror films. I am not sure if it relates to a change in my tastes or that due to more things pulling at my attention I generally have to be more specific in my cinema choices. That being said, I love getting the heart rate up while sitting in a dark room. There really are only two ways to really enjoy a horror film. Firstly, it is with a big group of people in a cinema where you bounce off each other’s energy. The second is with a small number or on your own at home late at night. Either with no one else in the house or everyone else asleep.

So, this film started off with its current title then it was re-titled to "In the Deep" in Spring 2016 and given a straight to download/DVD release date of August 2nd. However, one week before the planned release, the film was bought by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, retitled back to 47 Meters Down and given a wide-release theatrical plan and hence here we have it rolling out into theatres first.

This is one of the classic horror type films that’s is all about built anticipation and emotion that waiting for something gives. So many modern films such as Saw etc are all about visual shock factor and hence are kind of a let off. So, this is a doozy… it is filled with plenty of jumping out of your seat moments and a few twists and turns thrown in for good measure.

It certainly helps that visually this is well filmed and edited to feel underwater and the darkness of the depths adds to the intensity. The majority of underwater filming took place at The Underwater Studio in Basildon, Essex. To replicate the organisms found underwater, finely chopped broccoli was added to the tank. Mandy Moore said it was quite unpleasant after a few weeks, and compared it to filming in soup. Of course, these main characters had to be believable in their underwater scenes and Mandy Moore and Claire Holt learned how to scuba dive for this movie. Neither actress scuba-dived before.

The Verdict
A great deep water horror film that will set you up for a wonderfully scary cinematic endeavor.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 27th July 2017
Rating: M – Contains horror scenesDuration: 89 minutes 
Genre:  Horror
Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine
Director: Johannes Roberts (The Other Side Of The Door)

The Extras

James Van Der Beek was cast as Lisa's boyfriend Stuart, and filmed several scenes with Mandy Moore. However, all of those scenes were cut. The final version of the film only references Stuart.

Claire Holt (Kate) had some swimming experience prior to this movie having starred in a previous Nickelodeon tv show about mermaids called H2O: Just Add Water.