Once in every two or three years, a new shark movie comes along. Now that the whole idea behind typical shark movies is getting outdated, filmmakers are trying to experiment with something new. This whole “trying out something new” worked really well for ‘The Shallows’ and it somehow managed to find its way at the bottom of the shark movies hall of fame. But the same notion may not have worked out too well for ’47 Meters Down’ as it is being highly criticized for its lack of simplicity and bizarre twists that make the whole film a very sadistic and depressing waste of time.
The film may have failed at pleasing the audience but it still gained enough attention for makers to decide to release a sequel. The film received a lot of mixed reviews and both ends of it were very extreme. People either loved the movie to an extent they wanted to rewatch it or they hated it from the bottom of their hearts, there is no in between. But regardless of everything, the film was box office success and for those who are still confused about what really happened in the end and are not able to judge the movie because of their lack of understanding, this explainer is for you. But before we get down to explaining some theories about the ending, let’s first go through the plot all over again, so that we can rewind from time to time to understand things better.
Summary of the Plot
Lisa and Kate are two sisters who go on a vacation to Mexico. Lisa is a control freak and according to her ex-boyfriend, she’s boring, but her sister is the complete opposite and is an absolute party animal who’s always looking for ways to have fun. During their vacation, Kate wakes up in the middle of the night to find Lisa sitting outside in the balcony crying over her ex. Kate who had no clue they had broken up, starts to console her. Lisa explains it to her that the only reason why she agreed to go on this trip was to somehow convince her boyfriend that she is “fun”. Kate takes Lisa’s post-breakup low self-esteem for granted and drags her into a party where they meet two Mexican guys. As the night comes to an end, the two young men initiate the idea of shark cage diving. Hesitant at first, the two girls say no but Kate being the adventurer that she is, finally agrees. She again takes Lisa’s insecurities for granted and convinces her to go for the dive with her.
The next morning, they meet the boys again, who introduce them to Taylor, the captain of an old shady-looking boat that roofs a rusty shark cage. The captain confirms with the girls if they have done scuba diving before; both of them say yes but the truth was that only Kate had some experience with scuba diving. The boys decide to go in first and gear up for the dive. They get inside the shark cage and slowly drift down as the machine that holds the cage creaks with rust. The boys return after a few minutes, now leaving the cage empty for the girls. Lisa panics but Kate again gets inside her head and pulls the right strings. The two girls gear up for the dive and Taylor gives them a few gentle reminders about the meter that indicates their oxygen levels. They enter the cave and Taylor slowly releases it down into the shark-infested water.
At first, Kate is gripped with panic, but she soon calms down and actually starts having a good time. After a while, once they’re done with their thrilling experience, they ask Taylor to pull them up but that’s when they realize they screwed up. The line of the cage breaks and sends the girls 47 meters down to the base of the ocean. Lisa being the nervous wreck starts panicking and Kate somehow tries to calm her down. They realize that they’re too far below to receive radio signals from Taylor’s boat, so Kate decides to swim up a little to get some signal so that they can ask what they’re supposed to do next. By this time, Lisa begins to get really annoying and nervous and starts panicking like crazy. But Kate, now determined to get out, swims up and does get in touch with Taylor who tells her that he will be sending Javier down there with another cable. He also warns her to stay inside the cage because of the sharks that lurk in that water.