47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED -Review by Susan Granger

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Perhaps every summer needs a sharksploitation movie, a monster emerging from the murky deep, but this sequel to 47 Meters Down (2017) is just a silly splasher!

Set on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, the aquatic thriller introduces step-siblings, daughters of an American archeologist, Grant (John Corbett), and his wife Jennifer (Nia Long).

At the International School, Grant’s shy, awkward daughter Mia (Sophie Nelisse) is bullied by a Mean Girl (Brec Bassinger), embarrassing Jennifer’s outgoing, popular daughter Sasha (Corinne Foxx). “She’s not my sister!”

Chiding, “You guys have to look out for each other,” Grant plans a weekend trip for the bickering girls but work interferes, so they’re sent on a shark-watching excursion in a glass-bottomed boat.

Instead of taking the planned tour, they join Sasha’s friends – Alexa (Brianne Tju) and Nicole (Sistine Stallone) – to explore a picturesque lagoon that’s connected to part of the submerged Mayan archeological site that Grant and his team are investigating.

Using scuba gear they found floating on a raft, the bikini-clad girls descend into the first chamber of the catacombs to see the spooky temple statues. But – after being startled by one of the cave fish – one diver accidently knocks over an aged stone relic.

Then a ravenous, blind albino shark, alerted by the swimmers’ frantic flailing, causes the entrance tunnel to collapse, trapping them inside. The only way they can escape is by diving deeper into the labyrinthine submerged city, accompanied by mask-muffled shrieking.

Working from a minimalist script he wrote with Ernest Riera, director Johannes Roberts relies on claustrophobia, slow-motion and jump scares, completely ignoring the fact that the girls’ oxygen tanks had already dropped from 100% to 40% during the first skirmish. Logic gets lost along the way.

FYI: Corinne Foxx is Jamie Foxx’s daughter; Sistine Rose Stallone is Sylvester Stallone’s daughter. Both were Miss Golden Globes.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is an implausible 3, running 89 minutes, including credits.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.