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So How About That ’47 Meters Down’ Ending? Director Explains

Spoilers. Obviously.

Released this past weekend, director Johannes Roberts’ 47 Meters Down brought a truly nightmarish premise to the big screen. During a shark dive, two sisters find themselves trapped in a cage at the bottom of the ocean. They’re running out of oxygen. And hungry sharks are just waiting for them to make an attempt to escape.

How does the film end? Well, there are actually two endings to 47 Meters Down. The first one is a fake-out, as Mandy Moore’s character hallucinates that she and her sister have been rescued. The actual ending, as we soon realize, is that Moore’s character survives, while her sister doesn’t make it out of the water alive.

As Roberts explained to Crave Online, he fought hard for the ending we saw on screen.

I had a lot of battles. I had to fight quite hard to keep that ending, the way we finish it,” he told the site. “It’s possibly a ballsy way to go. But yeah, I think there were various different ideas along the time, but… it suddenly became so obvious. That’s the way it has to go. Yeah, we really fought with it, fought for it.”

Roberts explained that he did at one point cut together a version of 47 Meters Down wherein Moore’s character was left for dead at the bottom of the ocean.

Shot that with a camera just leaving her, dead, and that was so bleak!” he recalled. “I kind of liked it but it was so bleak that we actually [had] give it some upbeat.”

Bleaker is sometimes better in horror, don’t you think?

  • Matty Ice 2016
  • zombie84_41

    I love this movie. I wish he would of gone with that bleaker ending maybe its on the DVD.

  • J Jett

    so there were 3 possible endings (am i reading this correctly?).
    1. both girls survive (the fake out ending)
    2. only Mandy’s character survived (the real ending)
    3. both girls die (filmed but never used ending).

    so which ending did the studio want? the happier ending where both women make it out alive? either way, i love that there were 2 endings in the film. i love both endings but the actual one where Claire’s character dies is my fave. it’s so upsetting/haunting that even though i watched this movie months ago, it (the ending) still is fresh in my mind.

    i hope we get the unused bleakest ending as a bonus feature on the DVD/BR.

    • Zachary Paul

      I saw the film today and mostly enjoyed it. I liked it much more than The Shallows, but all of the dialogue was horrendous. It took me out of the film a lot. Regarding the ending, I feel the bleaker version would have been more suitable. They do the “fake out” only to come back and still give us a fairly happy ending. Hopefully the blu will give us a peak at what could’ve been.

  • guest

    shouldve gone with a horror ending-
    sister 1 pushes sister 2 out of the cage to be sharks feast while sister 1 sneaks away uneaten.

  • Michael Hill

    Crap film not worth any analysis.. the shallows destroyed this yawn fest.

    • Yasmin

      Hi guys, After looking around there turns 47 meters down full with HD quality is here [ SQUAD.LIGHT-MOVIE.US ]
      You just copy and paste bold text in a new tab to watch and download it

  • Matty Ice 2016
  • Klink77

    They did a similar fakeout ending in the UK version of The Descent.

    • Hilda

      If just looking at the trailer is not fun, I found them full stream here WATCH.PLAY-MOVIE.CLUB

      And you can also download them, so you just copy & paste the bold text in new tab

  • Nuseka Imanukfila

    The captain sailor should have called for or had a 160 ft. Rope and hook…. movie would not have been so long.

  • martynW

    I’m the wrong person to ask. I like happy endings. I cheered when Spielberg rescued Richard Dreyfuss in “Jaws.” In the book, the character gets killed. In the movie, he survives the monster shark by swimming out of the cage and apparently hiding behind a rock on the bottom (?!)

  • Tor from Yucca Flats

    hollyywood needs to stop making overrated shark movies, which rarely attack humans, and start making more killer whale movies, as those orcas prey on sharks, and kill more humans than sharks do, they don’t just bite ya, they scalp ya, then grab you by the arm and spin around fast in water breaking all your bones and tare you to pieces… or more Hippo movies, which I heard are the number 1 animal that has caused the most human deaths.

    • Jago Hara-Kiri

      but those animals arent even scary

      small spiders and scorpions kill too , but they arent that appeal in people’s mind
      at least not for movies…

      they should make more movies in the water , with giant squids or catchullu
      or mermaids or triton (cabbin in the woods)…

      and more HUGE beasts , insects like Mimic (reboot ?)….. and maybe just maybe an shared universe with some secret facility looking and saving the world of aliens , slashers , werewolfs , monsters , super serial killers , and ghosts curses , vampires…

      only solo and restrict universes r no match for MCU , DCEU , Dark universe , Godzilla universe in box office …

      • Tor from Yucca Flats

        wait.. you said hippos aren’t scary? are you serious? they can cut a crocodile in half with one bite and kill more people than any other animal.

        • Jago Hara-Kiri

          i know , in real life they can scare us but they dont work in movies …IMO

          • Tor from Yucca Flats

            but one the size of elephant rampaging through africa?

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