Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive. – (Source)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 93% (Audience)
Directed By: Johannes Roberts
Written By: Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera
Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Yani Gellman and Matthew Modine
Studio: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Once the lead characters ended up at the bottom of the ocean this movie really hit its stride. The fear and hopelessness was palpable and Mandy Moore and Claire Holt really sold their fright, their fight to survive and over time their realization that they were doomed.
I have seen a few other films by director Johannes Roberts (STORAGE 24 and THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR) but I would have never expected him to deliver the types of underwater action shots he provided in this film based on his past work. Considering the minimal budget and the conditions, Roberts was able to create some really outstanding shark attack shots, with realistic looking animatronic/CGI sharks, that literally made me jump out of my seat.
The movie could have used a more umbrella story that featured more of the rest of the cast and added some more shark attack action. Moore and Holt were good but having an actor like Matthew Modine in your cast but relegating him to just being a voice over the radio seemed like a waste. And the movie had two other perfectly healthy males in the cast who would have made great shark bait instead of staying safe on the boat.
The twist ending, though satisfyingly bleak (I tend to like bleak things), comes off as being a bit cheap when you consider the set up for the shock was just shown about 15 minutes before the twist actually occurred.
Final Verdict: A fun addition to the “shark attack” oeuvre that features some really cool underwater visuals and game performances from its two leading ladies. Its no JAWS but it is entertaining.