OPEN WATER 3: CAGE DIVE (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘First you find the sharks. Then they find you.’
Open Water 3: Cage Dive is a 2017 Australian horror-thriller film written and directed by Gerald Rascionato (Claw) from a story co-written with Stephen Lister. The Just One More/Exit Strategy production stars Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff and Megan Peta Hill.

Three friends filming an audition tape for an extreme reality show, take part in shark cage diving, only to be left in great white-infested waters, turning their recording into life and death…

In the US, Open Water 3 was released on Blu-ray and Digital HD on October 10, 2017, by Lionsgate.

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Commentary with filmmaker Gerald Rascionato and actors Joel Hogan and Josh Potthoff
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Deleted Scenes


” …the movie could have been far more savage than it was. However, that may have left us treading some cheese-filled waters, so I’m not too bummed that the outrageousness that could have been exploited wasn’t. I didn’t care for a couple of characters, but that was a result of designed decision making, not performance quality.” Addicted to Horror Movies

“It grips on tight, showcases incredible lead acting performances and never let’s go whilst providing a solid link between the audience and the characters on screen. A must watch for all shark horror movie fans!” Back to the Movies

“My only complaint with Cage Dive is that we didn’t get into the water sooner, but once were in there’s no going back and the film becomes increasingly intense and the situation gets worse. This is a unique shark thriller with enough action to keep you entertained.” Bloody Flicks

“After a sequence of Open Water bobbing about, an inflatable liferaft turns up and offers the illusion of safety (and a bit of visual variety) which doesn’t last long. The performances are fine, with Hogan especially getting some meat to chew on as the superficial jock who has everything pulled out from under him – and turns nasty, but doesn’t become an outright villain.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“There’s absolutely nothing new in Cage Dive. We’re stuck with the same shaky-cam found footage, the same idiotic characters and the same lapses in logic and judgement that plague these types of genre films each and every time. Hey, but at least Rascionato’s film does have one thing going for it: the film actually explains how the footage was found…” Nerdly

“It’s perfectly fine, if not a little misguided in its faux-documentary approach, which only works to deflate and diffuse the tension of the “found footage” material. Found footage tends to be more effective with less context: it would have been perhaps a bit more engrossing to allow the story to unfold naturally…” Oh, the Horror!

“There’s little doubt, though, that Rascionato simply isn’t interested in cultivating any real suspense or terror, as the movie’s found-footage conceit paves the way for a distressingly incomprehensible second half – with the production eventually devolving into a series of dimly-lit arguments and screaming matches.” Reel Film Reviews

“It’s obviously low budget, it’s patronizing in its audience perception, and it comes off as tired in its forgone genesis. You don’t root for its characters and you constantly wonder why the sharks haven’t eaten them right off the bat.” Views on Film

“A love triangle sub-plot, which is established in the first act, bogs down the proceedings a bit. Regardless, this detail heightens the underlying emotional intensity when necessary. This is especially true of the enjoyable, impactful and grounded finale. The consequence of these attributes is an efficient found footage film.” A Word of Dreams


Cast and characters:
Joel Hogan … Jeff Miller
Josh Potthoff … Josh Miller
Megan Peta Hill … Megan Murphy
Pete Valley … Greg
Mark Fell … Diver
Christopher Callen … Josh and Jeff’s mother
Tara Wraith … Girl lost at sea #1
Teagan Berger … Girl lost at sea #2
Chris Bath … Chris Bath
Robert Ovadia … Robert Ovadia
Paul Adams … Josh and Jeff’s uncle
Wilma Adams … Josh and Jeff’s aunty
Mary O’Neill … Girl at party #1
Nicholas Phelan … Younger Josh
Matthew Phelan … Younger Jeff

Film Facts:
The film’s working titles were Under The Deep and Cage Dive.

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