47 METERS DOWN (2016) Reviews and overview


‘No way out. No way up. No chance in hell.’

47 Meters Down – aka 47 Metres Down and In the Deep – is a 2016 American-British horror thriller feature film directed by Johannes Roberts (The Strangers 2Storage 24The Other Side of the Door) from a screenplay co-written with Ernest Riera (The Other Side of the Door; Forest of the Damned 2).

The film’s soundtrack score is by tomandandy (The Monster; Havenhurst; Sinister 2; et al).

Original distributor Dimension Films had initially set a North American DVD and VOD release date for August 2, 2016. However, on July 25, Variety reported that Dimension had sold the rights to Entertainment Studios. The latter cancelled the August 2nd home release and will instead release the film theatrically in the United States on June 16, 2017.

The working title for the film was 47 Meters Down, which Dimension had changed to In the Deep for their home release, but Entertainment Studios have reverted to the original title. Ironically, In the Deep was the original title of shark hit The Shallows.

Johannes Roberts is reportedly working on a sequel.


Main cast:

Mandy Moore, Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries), Matthew Modine (Pacific Heights), Santiago Segura (Scream: The TV Series), Yani Gellman (Urban Legends: Final Cut; Jason XiZombie), Chris J. Johnson (CursedThe Vampire Diaries; Gnaw) and Axel Mansilla.

While on a Mexican vacation, two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) become trapped at the bottom of the ocean when a diving expedition to observe sharks goes horribly wrong.

When the cable attaching the observation cage to the boat breaks and the cage sinks to the bottom of the ocean, the sisters must figure out a way to get back to safety battling injuries, lack of oxygen, and, worst of all, bloodthirsty, great white sharks…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

“Unneeded twist aside, this is a very tense and thoroughly enjoyable movie, and some people will no doubt enjoy the twist, so if you fancy sitting through one of my worst nightmares, then give this movie a shot. Aside from the final couple of minutes this is a great addition to the killer shark movie genre.” Addicted to Horror Movies

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” …as their oxygen runs low and the sharks close in there are some really intense scenes. Also a special mention must go to the pulsating score by ‘tomandandy’ which although not in the Jaws league (but what is?) creates such an unbearable atmosphere you may not want to go venturing deep see diving anytime soon.” Bloody Flicks

” …the blend of sharks, gore, and claustrophobia, brings some deep-sea-thrills so big, they’ll leave you gasping for air, but also struggle along with the victims. Kudos to Roberts, who executes the hard-to-film underwater scenes very capably, and effortlessly, and makes them look scarily real, yet soaked in dark, turbid atmosphere.” Cinemarvellous!

“This is a far more realistic take on women vs. sharks than Jaume Collet-Serra’s glossy but nevertheless enjoyable The Shallows which came out earlier this year. Like that film it’s a fairly simple setup, but there’s a growing air of desperation and claustrophobia which makes 47 Meters Down particularly nail-biting.” Dark Eyes of London

“>Interestingly, the film this most closely resembles isn’t a shark film, it’s The Descent – and not just because of the female cast […] the film featured hot actresses in skin-tight outfits yet pointedly refused to objectify them. 47 Meters Down achieves the same laudable goal, avoiding the same easy win.” Cult films and the people who make them

“Takes an intriguing premise, a couple of reasonably nifty “BOO!” moments and a pair of likable leads and wastes them with tedious execution and an ending that is so silly that it almost defies belief.” RogerEbert.com

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