Humans love to entertain the feeling that is fear. Whether that is because of adrenaline, self torture, or just the pure excitement of being scared, humans love to entertain the darkest corners of their mind. It is because of that love that horror movies have become one of the most popular categories in the movie industry. Out of that category, one recurring theme seems to encompass what many Americans fear more than anything-- sharks. While that fear is ultimately unreasonable and irrelevant, it has managed to create blockbusters throughout every period. One of the more recent shark horror movies has been “47 Meters Down,” that after about a month of being out of theaters, has appeared on Netflix. This movie features two friends who in hopes of adventure on their tropical vacation, went shark cage diving with a hardly reliable cage and a group of instructors. The rope that stops the cage from plummeting to the bottom of the ocean broke, resulting in them sinking to the bottom of the ocean, with no one besides each other, dwindling levels of air, and Great White Sharks. The movie was well made, interesting, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. However, it was missing one little aspect that is lacking in nearly every shark movie, reality. The whole thing, in regards to the shark behavior, is extremely unrealistic, and the movie can only be enjoyable if you completely disregard the aspect of reality. However, I suppose that's the only way shark horror movies can be successful. If they included the actuality of shark behavior in certain situations, the behavior is unrealistic unless the shark is rogue, hurt and unable to leave the scene, feeding on seals or chum in the area, or just really bored. In real life, sharks are not going to stay around and stalk humans in a cage on the bottom of the ocean, because sharks to many peoples surprise, don’t like the taste of human, and the film would be very short. “47 Meters Down,” while well made and filled with stress that will keep you on the edge of your seat, joins the vast category of unrealistic shark movies. If you are looking for some thrasher animal film, with even a hint of reality, I suggest you go watch a National Geographic on hippopotamuses.
Story by Maci Cameron and Hannah Bancroft