Three friends from California are filming an audition tape for an extreme reality game show. They document their journey to Australia where they will be doing their most dangerous activity…. Shark Cage Diving. A catastrophic turn of events leaves them in baited water full of Great White Sharks, turning their recording into a blood chilling diary of survival… and death.
Jeff, Josh and Megan (Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, Megan Pelta Hill) are three friends from California who take a trip to Australia where they plan on trying out for a reality show. While there they decide to go cage diving with great white sharks but a freak wave tips over the boat and soon the three are stranded in the middle of the ocean.
This film was made as simply CAGE DIVE but I’m guessing when it was bought for its American release it had OPEN WATER 3 slapped to it. For the most part I enjoyed the first film in the series but the second one wasn’t nearly as good, although it did remain slightly entertaining. Part three is when the magic runs out and there are a number of issues with the picture but what kept me turned off the most were the characters.
I will say that all three actors do a good job with their roles but that didn’t make me like these people. I mean, they’re basically very shallow and annoying people and when it comes to a “lost footage” movie you need to like the people you’re spending the time with. Sadly I didn’t enjoy their company and especially since a lot of the time they were doing extremely stupid things. I know, in order for a horror film to work you need dumb characters. I’m not going to spoil what exactly happens but I guarantee you will know the scene I’m talking about when it happens.
Another problem with the movie is the fact that it’s really not that scary or intense. I’m sure some of this has to do with the fact that I didn’t like the characters but the attack scenes aren’t all that scary on their own and I’d argue that I never really felt as if they were under attack by these sharks. OPEN WATER 3 isn’t an awful movie because it did keep me slightly into what was going on but once the movie was over and I started thinking back on it I ended up finding more and more issues with it.