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?
A mother and young daughter are coerced into joining her ex-husband on a stolen yacht bound for the west coast of Africa. Five days into the journey a raging storm engulfs them, forcing the... See full summary »
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
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.
Found footage format works for the movie
Has some passable ideas
Lack of budget shows
Ultimately it's a "Talkie" in water
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