I will be the first to admit that I love anything that involves sharks, so I was excited when I learned that the next film of the Open Water franchise, titled Open Water 3: Cage Dive, was out on DVD.
Written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, the film centers on a group of three friends, played by Josh Potthoff, Megan Hill, and Pete Valley, doing stunts to make an audition tape for a reality show.
The group boards a shark cage diving tour in hopes of getting great footage for their audition. When a rogue wave takes out the boat they are left drifting in the shark-infested water. After night sets in they magically find an inflatable raft floating by with enough goodies to give them a fighting chance of getting rescued. But that doesn’t last long.
My first issue with the movie is that there’s only one thing worse than found footage, found footage with terrible audio and this movie is filled with it. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, they switch to night vision that has about three feet of visibility. While the dark was meant to add suspense it just made me sleepy.
Oh, did I mention the plot twisted revealed midway through the movie? The girl is cheating on her boyfriend with his friend and all three are on this tiny raft.
While they are trying to wait through the night, the girl sets the float on fire while a woman they just saved burns to death. Of course, the girl won’t shut up and the truth comes out about the cheating, leaving us with more of a soap opera than a shark movie, all in the pitch black. To say the cinematography is disappointing is an understatement.
The drama created by the cheating and one guy’s heart problem completely overshadow the fact that they are trying to survive sharks and the ocean, which you would think would be the most important part of a shark movie. Don’t even get me started on the acting.
Even though there are a few twists, I can’t help but feel like the movie is a bad rip off of 47 Meters Down (interview). It seemed like they were just trying to jump on the shark movie bandwagon, but the only thing decent about the movie is the poster.
I thought long and hard about it, but I can’t give Open Water 3: Cage Dive anything higher than 2 out of 5. It stinks worse than three-day-old fish bait left rotting under the sun.