MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Meg’ is Suspense, Drama, Action, and a 75-foot Prehistoric Megalodon Shark

That living fossil ate my friend

Jonas is an experienced rescue diver who is called in to help when he learns that his ex-wife, Lori, is trapped six miles beneath sea level in a submersible craft. Lori is part of a team of scientists led by Dr. Zhang, who are exploring the depths of the Mariana Trench where they believe there are interesting and valuable creatures that dwell beneath a thermal layer. When Jonas rescues the submersible by creating a distraction, he unknowingly opens up the thermal layer to allow a few sharks to rise above it and into the trench.

The most dangerous creature of all is a 75-foot prehistoric shark called the Megalodon. The crew that is aboard the underwater research lab called the “Mana One” devise a plan to kill the menacing shark before it can create havoc and destruction. Their plan fails only because they targeted the wrong shark. The failure allows The Meg to attack the boat that the crew has escaped on with devastating results before it heads toward a beach in China. Terrified that The Meg will cause many casualties, the survivors quickly create a new plan which involves Jonas placing his own life in danger in order to defeat the demons that he has been suffering from in his past.

You saved me again. I prefer you alive.

Warner Bros. Pictures long awaited The MEG is a fun summer flick to enjoy with a bucket of popcorn, a bag of peanut M&Ms, and frosty beverage. While, for me, the suspense created with the iconic music in Jaws when a giant fin emerges from the ocean is not rivaled in this film, The Meg still holds its own as a creative story filled with plot twists, great acting, and some very scary giant shark moments. Jason Statham is well known as a British National Team Diver so this role suites him like a fish in water. The action star carries the majority of the film on his shoulders with notable performances from the rest of the headlining stars. The film tries very hard to be very serious with Page Kennedy providing most of the comic relief as DJ so that the audience can catch their breath between shark attacks. While Bingbing Li’s performance is heavily seen as the perilous heroine, I think that the audience will agree with me in that Sophia Cai stole every scene that she was in while playing her daughter. Honestly, if you are a Jason Statham fan, a deep water monster fan, or just plain in the mood to enjoy a sci-fi action film then I recommend that you swim into the theater to catch this one on the big screen!  ~Movie Buffette

MOVE REVIEW: ‘The Meg’ is Suspense, Drama, Action, and a 75-foot Prehistoric Megalodon Shark

Man versus Meg is not a fight – It is a slaughter

The MEG beaches in theaters at the height of the summer beach season.  The film is loosely based on the 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten.  It is nicely balanced with suspense, drama and action.  The script contains enough humorous moments to allow the audience a moment to breathe.  Once the Meg appears, the intensity is ramped up and from that moment on, most of the film was intense and had me on the edge of the seat.  

MOVE REVIEW: ‘The Meg’ is Suspense, Drama, Action, and a 75-foot Prehistoric Megalodon Shark

Although it does not have the brilliant soundtrack that Jaws had, it has 21st century cutting edge special effects that created a very realistic and terrifying CGI shark. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and action sequences.  I think The Meg is a movie that is made for the big screen and worth a trip to watch it in a big dark room that creates the ambiance of being surrounded in darkness beneath the thermal cloud.

The MEG is full of intense and terrifying moments. The film is rated PG-13 due to the peril and bloody images. If you can brave the terror in the water, then float on down to the cinema.  Meg is pleased to eat you. ~ A.S. MacLeod

Release Date: August 10, 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 53 minutes
Rated PG-13 Action/peril, bloody images and some language.
Genre: Action Adventure Sci-Fi
Grade: B-
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

Starring:

Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor
Bingbing Li as Suyin Zhang
Rainn Wilson as Jack Morris
Cliff Curtis as Mac
Winston Chao as Dr. Zhang
Sophia Cai as Meiying
Ruby Rose as Jaxx Herd
Page Kennedy as DJ
Robert Teller as Heller
Olafur Darri Olafsson as The Wall
Jessica McNamee as Lori
Masi Oka as Toshi

 

About Leigh Ann Rassler

october, 2021

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