HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: 47 METRES DOWN: UNCAGED

47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)

Starring

Sophie Nélisse (The Rest of Us)
Corinne Foxx (Safety)
Brianne Tju (Scream: The Series)
Sistine Stallone (Love Advent)
Brec Bassinger (Stargirl)
John Corbett (The Messengers)
Davi Santos (Power Rangers Dinocharge)
Nia Long (The Best Man)

Brianne Tju in 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)Teenager Mia (Sophie Nélisse) and stepsister Sasha (Corinne Foxx) have just moved to a new school. Catherine (Brec Bassinger), the school bully pushes Mia into the pool and Sasha stands by and do nothing. Mia’s father Grant (John Corbett) learns about the incident plans a boat ride for the sisters to see great white sharks. Grant gives Mia a tooth of a great white shark and asks her to go scuba diving with him next week.Corinne Foxx, Sistine Rose Stallone, Brianne Tju, and Sophie Nélisse in 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)On the day of the boat ride, Sasha’s friends Alexa (Brianne Tju) and Nicole (Sistine Stallone) tempt her to go to a secret lagoon with them. The lagoon has an entrance to a submerged Mayan city where Mia’s father Grant (John Corbett), his assistants Ben (Davi Santos) and Carl (Khylin Rhambo) are working in to prepare for a visit from a group of archaeologists the following week. After finding scuba gears, Nicole persuades the girls to dive through the city, eventually reaching an ancient sacrificial chamber. They encounter a cave fish and Nicole accidentally knocks over a stone column causing a chain reaction, the girls get separated in the silt. Mia and Alexa found Ben, who is suddenly devoured by a shark drops a guideline. The girls found one another and is chased by a shark into a tunnel causing a cave in to the lagoon’s entrance. The girls decide to go back for the guideline but encounter a shark forcing the girls to swim deeper into the city till they reach an air pocket. Mia leaves the girls behind in an attempt to find her father but finds Carl’s body instead. Grant saves her from the shark, and reunite with the other girls who came looking for her. They realized the shark is blind; having evolved within the caves thus distracts the shark with sounds and make their escape. The group surfaces at a clearing where a pulley system ascender is set in place. However, two sharks come to the surface, and Nicole panics. She attempts to climb up the rope as Alexa is going up, inadvertently causing the rope, and both of them to fall back into the water, where Nicole is eaten by the sharks.Corinne Foxx, Sistine Rose Stallone, and Brianne Tju in 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)The remaining survivors realize they’ll have to swim even deeper to find another exit, but Grant is killed by a shark moments later. Mia, Sasha and Alexa swim into the caves alone, eventually coming upon a strong current which separates Sasha from the others. Alexa makes it to the other entrance but is attacked by one of the sharks and Mia gets sucked into the current. Alexa escapes by taking off her oxygen tank, and drowns. Mia reunites with Sasha at the lower current and swim into a newly discovered cave. At the end of the cave they find a crevice that leads to the surface but is attacked by a shark. Climbing the narrow crevice they abandon their oxygen tanks to make the escape. At the surface, they see a boat that is chumming the water to attract sharks as part of a tour. Mia and Sasha get the tourists’ attention as they are attacked by the sharks. While Mia makes it onto the boat Sasha is grabbed by a shark. Mia jumps back into the water with a flare gun, and shoots the shark, freeing Sasha. Sasha reaches the boat, but Mia is grabbed by another shark, which she escapes from by stabbing it in the eye using the shark tooth given by her father. Mia swims to the boat, and reunites with Sasha as the boat’s staff tend to their wounds.John Corbett, Brianne Tju, and Brec Bassinger in 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)I truly had no interest in seeing this film, with little marketing and a first film that by no means was deserving a sequel. However, with a fresh new cast and not much else to watch, I thought I might as well give it a shot. Following in the footsteps of many other blockbuster style films this summer, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a harmlessly thrilling sequel that cares much more about its scares than it does in developing characters, but that’s not really what you go to these movies looking for. Paced out well with tension that never seems to end, I couldn’t help but be entertained by this sequel.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: STIGMATA

CAST

Patricia Arquette (True Romance)
Gabriel Byrne (End of Days)
Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones)
Nia Long (Big Momma’s House 2)
Rade Šerbedžija (X-Men: First Class)
Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars)
Jack Donner(Power Rangers In Space)
Thomas Kopache (The West Wing)
Portia de Rossi(Scream 2)
Ann Cusack (Sully)
Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers)
Shaun Toub (Iron Man)

In the Brazilian village of Belo Quinto, Father Andrew Kiernan, a former scientist and a Jesuit priest who investigates supposed miracles, examines a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe weeping blood at the funeral of Father Paulo Alameida, who had experienced stigmata. While Andrew is collecting evidence, a young boy steals the rosary from the father’s hand. The boy later sells it to a woman in a marketplace, who sends it to her atheist daughter, Frankie Paige, living in Pittsburgh.Frankie is attacked by an unseen force while bathing, and receives two deep wounds on her wrists. As the wounds are treated, the doctors cannot find the cause. Frankie asks a priest if he is Andrew Kiernan, but the priest says he is Father Derning, the lights in the train flash, and Frankie is whipped from behind by an unseen force. While Frankie is hospitalized again, the priest sends security tapes showing the attack to the Vatican, and Andrew is sent to investigate.Andrew interviews Frankie, believing her wounds may also be stigmata. When she tells him she is an atheist, Andrew tells her that stigmata is when the deeply devoted are struck with the five wounds that Jesus received during the crucifixion. Frankie begins to research on her own what the cause could be. Her head begins to bleed, the third stigmata wound caused by the Crown of Thorns. Frankie runs home, where Andrew is waiting, and then runs into an alley. As Andrew pursues her, Frankie smashes a glass bottle and uses the shards to carve symbols on the hood of a car: when Andrew approaches her, she yells at him in another language.Andrew takes Frankie to Father Derning’s church, and the Vatican translates what she was yelling in Aramaic. The next morning, Andrew returns to her apartment to find her writing on the wall, now covered in Aramaic. Frankie talks in a male voice, speaking Italian. Wounds appear in her feet, the fourth wound of stigmata. Andrew emails photographs of Frankie’s apartment wall to the Vatican, where Brother Delmonico recognizes the words and deletes the pictures. He tells Andrew the words are from a document the church found that looked to be an entirely new gospel. Father Dario shows the pictures to Cardinal Daniel Houseman, who also recognizes them. Delmonico phones Marion Petrocelli and tells him the missing gospel has been found in Pittsburgh.Andrew goes to Frankie’s apartment to find the wall she wrote on painted over, and Frankie attempts to seduce him. When Andrew rejects her, she attacks him and denounces his beliefs in a male voice, ending with Frankie levitating off the bed, crying tears of blood. Houseman and Dario arrive with Derning and take Frankie to another church, sending Andrew to Derning’s. At Derning’s church, Andrew meets Petrocelli, who tells him the words Frankie has been writing are part of a document found outside Jerusalem they believed to be a gospel in the exact words of Jesus. Petrocelli, Delmonico and Alameida were assigned to translate it, but Houseman ordered them to stop. Alameida refused and stole the document to continue translating it alone, having been excommunicated by Houseman.Petrocelli tells Andrew that the document was Jesus telling his disciples that the Kingdom of God is in all of us and not confined to churches. Petrocelli tells Andrew that Alameida suffered from stigmata. Andrew races to the church where Frankie is, while Houseman and Dario attempt to perform an exorcism on Frankie. Frankie shouts at them in a male voice, and Houseman attempts to strangle her. Andrew stops him, and the room is set on fire. Now believing Frankie is possessed by Alameida’s spirit, Andrew offers to be Alameida’s messenger instead. He walks unharmed through the fire to retrieve Frankie, bidding Alameida’s spirit to depart in peace. Some time later, Andrew returns to Belo Quinto and finds the original documents for the lost gospel in Alameida’s church. Text describes the discovery of the Gospel of St. Thomas, believed to be the closest to the actual words of Jesus stating that the Catholic Church refuses to recognize the document as a gospel and considers it heresy.I loved this film, both for it’s interesting film quality and it’s thought provoking script. I believe it had an important message for us all to ponder created by excellent acting and beautiful film imagery. The mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been a subject avoided by the Church since their discovery in 1945. I appreciate controversial filmmaking.