Rated: PG-13
Release Date: 06/16/2017
Production Company: Entertainment Studios

Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura and Matthew Modine.

Director: Johannes Roberts. Producers: Iain Abrahams, David Dennehy, David Gilberry, Kate Glover, James Harris, Mark Lane, Arnaud Lanvic, Simon Lewis, Rafael Munoz and Lee Stone. Executive Producers: Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Boucher, Alastair Burlingham, Chris Charalambous, Will Clarke, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Andy Mayson, Duncan McWilliam, Mike Runagall and Lee Vandermolen. Screenwriter: Johannes Roberts. Cinematographer: Mark Silk.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

After “Jaws,” “Open Water” and last year’s “The Shallows,” I haven’t been the least bit interested to prance around in the ocean surfing or scuba diving. And I’m a good swimmer too. But I don’t want to be a partial or complete meal for great white sharks.

I enjoy and feel safest being above water on a huge boat. Any need I may have to see ocean life up close and personal can be satisfied with a trip to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium.

And I would never be coerced into going on a diving expedition—with little to no diving experience--and with two strangers that I just met while vacationing in Mexico. But that’s the set-up for the thrilling, new movie “47 Meters Down.”

Lisa (Mandy Moore, TV’s “This is Us”) and Kate (Claire Holt, TV’s “The Originals”), play sisters who are excited about their upcoming vacation to Mexico. Lisa really needs to get away and unwind since her boyfriend left her.

When they arrive in Mexico, Kate wants to soak it all in. Kate’s the adventurous one. She’s willing to do anything once.

So after a night of drinking and talking, they meet these guys; Benjamin (Santiago Segura, “Scream: The TV Series”) and Louis (Yani Gillman, TV’s “CSI: Cyber”). They’re nice. Everybody is having a great time.

Benjamin and Louis suggest Lisa and Kate should have the experience of a lifetime. It’s not a line. Their friend Taylor (Matthew Modine, TV’s “Stranger Things”) runs a charter-boat and takes tourists out on diving expeditions. You get in a metal scuba cage and the boat slowly lowers you down in the ocean. You get to see all the fish and everything. That’s just too exciting to pass up right?

Kate (Holt) is down for it. She can’t wait to go. Lisa, however, is the voice of reason and tells them that they don’t have diving experience. Kate actually has a bit, but they don’t really know about this boat company or how safe it is.

Lisa tells Kate that she’s seen TV shows about not doing these sorts of things. But Kate and the guys finally convince Lisa to throw caution to the wind. Against her better judgement, she decides to take the plunge. And boy does it become some kind of plunge.

This is definitely one of those movies where you’re fidgeting in your chair and biting your nails and really trying not to yell at the screen because you know something is coming right around the bend.

How bad is this going to be for Kate and Lisa?

The answer is REALLY bad.

First the cable holding the cage jerks them and then it snaps. Within seconds the cage plunges to the bottom of the ocean. Their oxygen is running low and their communication with Taylor, Benjamin and Louis is sporadic.

Oh, and did I mention there are a couple of monstrous, hungry sharks getting a whiff of them for dinner?

Movies like “47 Meters Down” are fun and exciting because as a viewer you invest in all sorts of emotions.

You’re angered that these women would do this first of all, then excited that they just might get out of this alive. Then you get disappointed when all of their best laid plans go astray.

“47 Meters Down” director Johannes Roberts (“The Other Side of the Door”) keeps this nightmarish story intriguing and the shocks and thrills flowing.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays at 6:40 p.m. on radio station KFBK 1530 AM and 93.1 FM.

Look At This Trailer For "47 METERS DOWN"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.


Lady Sings The Blues Title: Lady Sings The Blues
Year Released: 1972
Running Time: 144
Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Director of Photography: John A. Alonzo
Screenwriter: Suzanne De Passe
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: When you’ve watched a movie so many times that you basically know the dialogue verbatim, that movie really means something and resonates with you.

The 1972 autobiographical drama, “Lady Sings the Blues” is the one for me. No matter how many times I see it, it never gets old.

Directed by Sidney J. Furie (“Iron Eagle” and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”), “Lady Sings the...