Release Date: June 16, 2017
Two sisters go scuba diving in a shark watching cage when the cage breaks and they end up 150 feet down on the bottom of the ocean. With only a limited amount of air they must try to stay alive until help comes.
With a plot like that you know it is more likely to be awful than good. Couple that with the fact it was originally supposed to be a direct to video title and hopes aren’t high. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. The movie did have some tropes and a fair amount of predictability, but it worked well. It was well acted for the most part (more on that in a minute) and well shot. I felt the pacing worked and the movie was pretty tight. There were a couple of moments that could have been cut out, but at 90 minutes it wasn’t bloated.
There were a few things I felt should have been handled differently though. Bear in mind I have never scuba dove before, but it seemed like a few things were a bit unrealistic and there were some things that happened which were obviously done to advance the plot and had no real value to the movie other than that. There were times where I felt the characters were in genuine danger and others where I felt the director was trying to force a feeling of danger and it landed flat.
So, let’s talk about the guy on the radio for a minute. There was a guy on the boat who was communicating with the girls over a radio and it was some of the stiffest line delivery I have heard in a very long time. It was downright cringy. The weird part is that it was all a voice over so they could have just used someone else and said it was a different character. Also, the director really wanted us to know they couldn’t ascend to rapidly or they would get the bends and it could kill them. I mean he really wanted us to know. The guy on the radio said it what felt like 10 times.
Rewatchability: Moderate to low