Three friends filming an audition tape for an extreme reality-TV show find themselves stranded in shark-infested waters, turning their recording into a bloody diary of death. Do they have what it takes to survive the open water?


Gerald Rascionato





Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Hogan ... Jeff Miller
Josh Potthoff Josh Potthoff ... Josh Miller
Megan Peta Hill ... Megan Murphy
Pete Valley ... Greg
Mark Fell ... Diver
Christopher Callen ... Josh and Jeff's mother
Tara Wraith Tara Wraith ... Girl lost at sea #1
Teagan Berger Teagan Berger ... Girl lost at sea #2
Chris Bath ... Chris Bath
Robert Ovadia Robert Ovadia ... Robert Ovadia
Paul Adams Paul Adams ... Josh and Jeff's uncle
Wilma Adams Wilma Adams ... Josh and Jeff's aunty
Mary O'Neill Mary O'Neill ... Girl at party #1
Nicholas Phelan Nicholas Phelan ... Younger Josh
Matthew Phelan Matthew Phelan ... Younger Jeff


To capture thrilling, face-to-face encounters with deadly great white sharks, the young thrill-seekers, Josh; his half-brother, Jeff, and Jeff's girlfriend, Megan, set off to the vast and unforgiving Australian coast to go cage-diving. As the audacious friends start filming an audition tape for an extreme reality-TV show in the relative safety of their heavy cage, a towering wave capsizes their small boat, stranding the reckless trio in the cold water. Now, as the day grows dim, and raw fear gets the best of the defenceless trio, a famished school of man-eating oceanic predators start closing in on them, turning their recording into a bloody diary of death. Do they have what it takes to survive the open water? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


First you find the shark. Then they find you.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some bloody images | See all certifications »

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The boat and crew used in the film are from Port Lincoln, South Australia. See more »


After the news report the subtitle reads "one week later". It should have read "one week prior" if we are watching the film from the diving trip. See more »


Follows Open Water 2: Adrift (2006) See more »


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Open Water 3 Cage Dive: Should have known......
12 February 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Cage Dive is all the film was labelled as when I sat down to witness what I thought was going to be a blatant 47 Meters down ripoff, but as the movie progressed I could totally see the connection to the Open Water franchise.

For those unaware both of the previous Open Water films have involved people who find themselves out in the ocean, the boat gone, floating aimlessly in shark infested waters. Basically 90 minutes of them talking, panicking and waiting to be pulled under. Not exactly the most exciting movies, but certainly atmospheric.

Cage Dive is basically the same formula as we see 3 friends participate in a shark cage dive, but when a freak storm/wave hits the boat they find themselves lost out at sea. Throw in a dramatic soap opera like side story and you have all the makings of something really quite bad.

The thing which sets it apart however is that this addition is filmed in the found footage format which actually plays in its favor. To do essentially the same film again they needed to do something different and it works, the film is still not overly interesting but it has a degree of novelty value for this reason.

The lack of budget shows, though you'll see some great nature shots (Especially whales) don't expect the sharks to be quite as on point as the likes of other bigger budget shark films. To make matters worse their budget didn't buy them a good cast, they really only needed 3 people and honestly I don't think casting did a very good job with any of them.

The actual "Cage dive" gimmick is not played out at all so don't expect 47 Meters Down, expect Open Water 3 which is exactly what it is.

The Good:

Found footage format works for the movie

Has some passable ideas

The Bad:

Poor cast

Lack of budget shows

Ultimately it's a "Talkie" in water

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27 April 2017 (Australia) See more »

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Open Water 3: Cage Dive See more »


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