Blu-ray Review: OPEN WATER 3: CAGE DIVE

OPEN WATER 3: CAGE DIVE was written and directed by Gerald Rascionato and features a hot cast of up-and-comers, including Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, Pete Valley and Megan Peta Hill.

This nail-biting third chapter in the popular Open Water series submerges fright fans in the taut tale of three American friends who travel to the rugged Australian coast to film themselves cage diving with great whites, but a massive wave destroys their boat and leaves them stranded in shark-infested waters. Shot on location in Australia. In this intense thriller, three friends from California head to the rugged Australian coast for a cage-dive encounter with deadly great whites. But after attracting a swarm of vicious sharks, their tour boat is destroyed by a massive rogue wave. As clouds gather and darkness descends, the three friends find themselves alone and defenseless, afloat in the chilly ocean as hungry man-eaters begin to circle. With little hope of rescue, they must fight to survive using only their courage.

Open Water 3: Cage Dive follows three American friends who travel to Australia to go cage diving with sharks. Upon arrival, they take in some of the local spots and have little fun before heading out to sea. Once they get out in the ocean and make the drop, a big wave comes crashing through and tips the boat over. This leaves everyone floating in the water and it doesn’t take long for the sharks to notice them. One by one, this small group becomes food for the killers that devour them alive and rip them apart until there’s nothing left. Some of the movie plays like a faux documentary that features interviews with some of the locals (more actors) who either met these three friends or actually witnssed the camera footage from this dreaded trip. The camera is the only thing that was recovered from this deadly shark attack.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also has artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. The movie is shot in found-footage so some viewers out there might not like it.

Bottom line is, Open Water 3: Cage Dive was pretty entertaining even though it was a bit of a slow burn at times. I remember enjoying the first Open Water movie a lot and don’t remember ever seeing the second one but this third installment was a fair outing, especially in the final act when things got extremely deadly for this group of friends. The plot felt a little rehashed like most of it was borrowed from other shark movies so there’s no originality there. The small cast did a good job with their characters and the director captured a few brutal scenes with the shark attacks. There’s some impressive CGI used to create these gnarly attacks. I just wish there had been a few more shark attacks so that the movie would have moved along a little faster and not stalled down so much. Open Water 3: Cage Dive releases on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on October 10th and is good enough for a one time viewing. It’s better than those cheesy shark movies that Syfy cranks out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 81 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, six deleted scenes, outtakes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Director and Cast
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (05:04)
  • Deleted Scenes (13:30)
  • Outtakes (01:38)
  • Trailer (01:47)

 

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