“Adrift: 47 Days with Sharks” follows the dramatic true story of three World War II airmen who became stranded in the Pacific after their plane went down. Two of the three men survived the ordeal, while being confined to life raft in open water for 47 days. The men were subjected to the dangers of exposure, thirst, hunger, and enemy fire, but they were also situated in a raft surrounded by sharks. It’s Shark Week after all, so you can expect the sharks to be at the center of the drama in this telling of the tale of survival.
While most of this year’s Shark Week programming has strayed from horror movie style re-enactments, it looks like “Adrift: 47 Days with Sharks” features at least some flashes of this type of drama, so if you’ve been missing that aspect of Shark Week, so far, perhaps this one will be right up your alley.
The true story has also been told in Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken” and in the words of Louis Zamperini (one of the survivors) in “Devil at My Heels.”
“Adrift: 47 Days with Shark” premieres tonight on Discovery’s Shark Week at 10PM.