Swanner: Two sisters on vacation in Mexico, escaping their boring lives, decide to climb into a cage, then drop into the ocean to see sharks. Neither of the women are schooled in scuba diving, but throw caution to the wind and plunge into the Great White Shark infested water. Mandy Moore and Claire Holt play the two sisters I’d like to shake until they get their senses back. I mean if they wanted excitement why didn’t they just get kidnapped like Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer did?
It took me many years, but I have gotten back into the ocean since Jaws. But, I would never do it if there was even the slightest chance of confronting a shark, no less a Great White. Director/writer Johannes Roberts, along with co-writer Ernest Riera, keep everything light and fun till the crane holding the cage snaps, sending the women to the bottom of the ocean floor. After that, it’s just one soiling-myself-scene after another. For what I’m guessing, the film probably didn’t have a huge budget, but they used what they had well. The underwater scenes are darker which help with the suspense. It also makes the shark effects look better, because if you saw The Shallows to know how terrible bad shark effects can be.
I did watch quite a bit of the film covering my eyes. After the first 30 minutes, the film is very intense. The two actresses do give us plenty of terror in their performances, but the screaming and crying did have me cheering for the sharks on occasion. The cinematography is well done, as is the overall production. My question is “Why are people allowing themselves to be dropped into the ocean to hang with sharks?” Whose life is so boring that swimming with sharks sounds like a good idea? Is it just me?
Swanner: 2 ½ stars