A deep-sea submersible–part of an international undersea observation program–has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific.With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, to save the crew from this unstoppable threat – a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. This movie is directed by Jon Turteltaub under Warner Bros. Pictures.
For a shark movie, The MEG succeeds in the basic of formula of thrills and story line. What I like about The Meg is the foundation of its plot about discovering a new place underneath the deepest part of the ocean where Megalodon lives. The whole undersea observation was pretty cool too. Acting-wise, Jason delivers a satisfying performance. There were a handful of edge-of-the-seats moments throughout the film.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Overall, The MEG was a pretty disappointing movie compared to other previous Shark movies released in Hollywood. Visually-speaking, it is not as impressive and as scary as The Deep Blue Sea nor The Shallows. The shark seems to be a bit CGI-ish especially underwater. Some of the scenes were hilarious instead of scary to me. How I wish they invested on making the shark scarier and more realistic for me. Visual editing was pretty half-baked to say the least. Plot-wise, it was creative but it lacks shark terror attacks especially on humans. I expected a longer human interaction given the fact that the shark is heading to public beach. I expected that scene to be bloodier and gory but it was like a short-lived moment for me. I mean, they already tarnished the shark’s image, how I wish they made it more of a flesh-eating monster as visualized by the whole film itself. The MEG did’t reach my Top 5 Shark Movies to date.
Kate and Lisa is having the time of their lives in Mexico for their dream vacation and adventure. The thrill-seeking siblings come face-to-face with a group of great white sharks through a protective cage. Their worst fears became a reality when the cage breaks away from their boat sending them 47 meters down the ocean floor. This movie is directed by Johannes Roberts under Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures.
Casts: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Yani Gellman, Matthew Modine, Santiago Segura, Chris Johnson & Axel Mansilla.
47 Meters Down is a great addition to the shark genre that has somehow stood by its unique plot among the rest. I mean, who would have thought to make a movie out of a shark cage gone wrong formula. The movie has effectively interpreted its premise into a very thrilling and horrifying feel that would some how give audiences running out of their oxygens as well. For me, I was impressed with the overall execution of the movie. The whole production design which is basically underwater was shot beautifully. I really like the dark and eerie atmosphere below plus the presence of the cage itself. The movie was effective enough in bringing deep sea horror with great cinematography and sound engineering. I also like the fact that sharks were not so overrated here. There were a lot of edge-of-the-seat moments and the chaos in the film was arranged brilliantly to give way to some unexpected twist and turns too. I won’t spoil the ending but I totally liked it. I like the action sequences especially that it was really done underwater. Of course, I have to give credit to Mandy and Claire for such a great performance in the film. It was not easy filming it and they have done justice to their roles. Overall, it was not as classic as Jaws nor as thrilling as The Shallows but 47 Meters Down is popcorn-thriller movie that will surely make you think twice in doing those shark-cage activities in the deep blue sea.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Well, if you can stop comparing it with Jaws and The Shallows, 47 Meters Down might be in your shark list.
The Shallows gave Jaws and Deep Blue Sea a run for their money. It is actually the best shark film for me. Confined with one main character and a very limited setting. The Shallows brought enough chills and thrills you can expect in a shark movie on larger scale. I loved how every splash of water and shadow will scare you and keep you at the edge of your seat all the time. I would like to commend Blake Lively on this. She nailed the role. I love the cinematography and the sequences. The shark fight scenes were almost real. The approach was simple but the overall impact of the film will bring your fear of the water in many ways. Definitely, must-watch. I will give 5/5 stars.