Movie Review – Open Water 3: Cage Dive


There have been A LOT of shark movies over the years. I guess sharks make for great horror movies because who wouldn’t be terrified to come face-to-face with one of the oceans most ferocious beasts.

There have been some great shark movies (Jaws, The Shallows) and there have been some “oh-my-goodness-this-is-awful” movies (ANY of the Sharknado movies, Sharktopus, Jurassic Shark). Most fall some where in between – they are entertaining enough but they are not going to win any kind of movie award.

Another shark themed movie makes its way to Blu-ray, DVD and of course Digital Download today – Open Water 3: Cage Dive. This is basically the same kind of movie as Open Water and Open Water 2. People find themselves bobbing around in the middle of the ocean while sharks surround them and kill off most of the characters. Sadly, this has is a “been there, done that” kind of film. The concept of people stranded in the water waiting to become a sharks next meal is so overly played out in Hollywood. Time for some original ideas.

In Open Water 3, a video camera is discovered that gives viewers an insight into what happened to missing divers – Josh, his half-brother Jeff, and Jeff’s girlfriend Megan. The trio traveled to Australia to cage diving to see sharks up close.

As you can probably guess, they find themselves stranded in the middle of the ocean after a rouge wave hits (and sinks) the boat they were travelling in. The sharks know they are there too and they are just waiting to pick them off one by one.

The movie is kind of split in half. The first part of the film gives you more of a backstory to the characters (we find out that Megan has not exactly been faithful to Jeff). The second part of the film is the survival part – where they try to survive long enough to be rescued.

I’d add more to the plot – but that is pretty much it.

What killed it for me right from the start is that this is one of those “found footage” type movies (think Blair Witch Project). I cam NOT a fan of this genre. There is too much moving around and it’s hard to follow along. Just shoot a film the way it’s supposed to be filmed. If I want to watch choppy, fuzzy, wobbly footage I’ll just look at my own home movies.

People stranded in the ocean surrounded by sharks – Done! Found footage films – Done! I am so over these types of films. Let’s get back to more original ideas.

Back to Open Water 3: Cage Dive.

The movie was predictable, and as I mentioned earlier, I am not a fan of “found footage” films, but none the less the film was entertaining enough to watch. It dragged on longer than it should (it’s an hour and twenty minutes long), but it entertained my husband and I enough on a Friday evening. It was better than watching repeats on television.

Would I watch it again if I saw it come on one of the premium channels? Maybe. I own the Blu-ray, and I’ll probably never pop it back in my player again. Unless one of my kids wanted to watch it (they are older so they can watch “R” rated movies).

The nighttime part was the most interesting and entertaining to me. I couldn’t imagine floating around in the ocean in total darkness while hungry sharks are circling around you. You can’t see them to know if they are coming for you or not (but they can “see” you). The idea of that does make my heart skip a beat.

Cage diving off the coast of Australia to see Great Whites is on my “Bucket List,” but hopefully if/when that ever happens I don’t end up like the characters in Open Water 3: Cage Dive. 

Remember, this is just one person’s opinion. Just because this film didn’t “wow” me that much, that doesn’t mean that you (or someone else) might think this is an awesome movie. I am pretty sure the film was made to entertain – which it did. I doubt the filmmakers anticipated being nominated or win an Academy Award for this film.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions pressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and “mini zoo” consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher’s assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.