DVD Review: IN THE DEEP (aka 47 Meters Down)

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IN THE DEEP (aka 47 Meters Down) was directed by Johannes Roberts from a script he write with Ernest Riera. The film stars Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Santiago Segura, Yani Gellman, Chris J. Johnson and Matthew Modine. The movie was produced by Alexandre Aja.

The movie follows Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt), two twenty-something sisters that head out on a Mexican vacation to have some fun. The girls immediately hit it off with two guys that end up inviting them to go cage diving to view some Great White sharks. Lisa is hesitant in the beginning but her sis talks her into going and the group of thrill-seekers head out to the location the very next day. The sisters find themselves two hours off the coast of Huatulco where they’re about to come face-to-face with nature’s fiercest predator. They meet Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine) who is sort of their guide/instructor, and he can tell that the two girls are inexperienced divers. By the way, you have to be licensed to go deep sea diving, if you didn’t know. Captain Taylor is a nice guy so he gives them a pass.

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What’s supposed to be a fun underwater observation for the girls quickly turns into a nightmare when the boat wench securing the cage they’re in snaps and they descend into the depths of the ocean. The cage breaks free and plummets to the bottom of the ocean leaving the girls with less than an hour of oxygen in their tanks. Remember Lisa was hesitant in the beginning so she sets into panic mode and Kate has to quickly calm her down so she doesn’t use up all of her oxygen too fast. The girls find themselves trapped 47 meters below the surface where they ultimately come face-to-face with the Great Whites they came out to see. They just never thought it would all go down this way.

Okay, talk about a movie that comes from out of nowhere and packs a powerful punch. The story was intense and the main characters were interesting and fun to follow. Mandy Moore and Claire Holt did a great job as these two likable sisters who end up going through this deep water nightmare. Matthew Modine really isn’t in the movie too much but his character is this nice guy type who ends up helping/advising the girls after this craziness happens to them. The majority of the movie takes place underwater and it’s so well done and beautifully shot. Johannes Roberts captured some intense and claustrophobic moments that these two characters go through. Not only are they racing against time before their air runs out but they have to deal with the killer sharks as well. There is this one scene close to the end that left me scratching my head a little but I wont ruin it for you. I’m not really sure why Roberts threw that in there, so who knows?

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The DVD disc features a generic logo with no artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, In the Deep is one of those movies that comes from out of nowhere and packs a powerful punch. It’s also been a troubled movie that has gone through a few name changes, among other things, but it’s such an impressive watch. Look, we get plenty of shark movies with the most recent one being The Shallows that hit the big screens last month and I’ll be honest, this one here deserves more than this DVD release. It’s that good! The DVD is set to release on August 2nd but there has been a shake up and I’m not sure what’s going on now. Anchor Bay was dropping it on DVD and now it’s been reported that Freestyle has bought the movie and will give it a wide theatrical release in over 2,500 theaters in 2017. In the Deep, 47 Meters Down, or whatever they decide to call it next, is a movie that deserves a theatrical release and a must watch. Jaws would be proud!

Distributor: Anchor Bay

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: None


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