The Meg - 2018
Director(s): Jon Turteltaub
Writer(s): Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber (screenplay) / Steve Alten (novel)
Cinematography by: Tom Stern
Editor(s): Steven Kemper and Kelly Matsumoto
Cast: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Shuya Sophia Cai, Ruby Rose and Masi Oka
Synopsis: After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible (IMDB).
Look, this is a movie about a 70-foot shark going head to head with Jason Statham. I did not go in expecting to watch the best picture nominee or the movie that would be studied in film classes for years to come. This is a fun, dumb, loud blockbuster banking on the box office bait that is a shark movie. Ever since I saw the trailer, I knew that I needed to watch it in the biggest screen I could fine, and after walking out I couldn’t be happier I did. This was fun. Let’s talk about it.
The story centers around an underwater research facility studying the depths of the ocean. After diving deeper than any human excursion has ever done before, they uncover a species of shark thought to have been long extinct, Megalodon. Having set loose this killing machine, it falls on their shoulders to hunt and kill the Meg before it devours everything in sight. Yes, this sounds like a SYFY original movie and in all honesty if it wasn’t for the budget and the stars attached to it, SYFY would’ve loved to feature this movie on their channel as it perfectly fits their slate. But I’M honestly happy it was made for the big screen because a shark this size would be underwhelming on my 55-inch TV screen.
Quick note: the CGI was great overall. Having to deal with multiple sea creatures, under water vehicles and the water itself, I say they did a solid job. The only moment that made my eyes cringe a bit was when they had to render humans in the water.
Another aspect that helps this movie is that the actors involved are very self-aware as to what movie they signed up for. Jason Statham is having a blast jumping in the water going after a 70-foot shark and Rainn Wilson is eating up the scenery as the billionaire backer of the research facility. The little kid, Shuya Sophia Cai, is cute and funny and has great chemistry with Statham. I would never dare say that the acting is incredible, but I fully enjoyed the characters and I was rooting for them to get out alive.
So, I could easily sit here and point out all the things that will be criticized in other reviews. There is a repetitive nature to their encounters with the sharks and them falling in the water. It borrows or “pays homage” to its shark predecessors. There is a character that wears out his welcome pretty quickly and most of the characters are over used stereotypes that we have seen before. But I had a blast and I knew the type of movie I was going to watch, so why pretend that all the negatives bothered me and took away from my experience. I had a blast and this is the perfect movie to close out the summer box office. The Meg is a shallow movie that barely gets the water to your ankles, but the smile plastered over your face will make you forget that you barely got wet at the beach. Jason Statham fighting a shark is why I love movies.
The Meg is currently playing in theaters. It’s dumb fun.
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