The Meg

If you like ‘Mega Shark v Giant Octopus’ (who doesn’t!) and Jason Statham then you would probably love this.

  • Screenplay by Dean Georgaris (The Manchurian Candidate) and John & Erich Hoeber (Battleship)
  • Directed by John Turteltaub (National Treasure)
  • Starring Jason Statham (Fast & Furious 8), Rainn Wilson (The Office: US), and Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage)
  • Budget of $130m

Initial Thoughts 💭

Cinema is interesting. With what would normally be considered a B movie about some prehistoric creature wreaking havoc would normally be aired on the sci fi channel. Obviously someone has identified a potential commercial opportunity and we now find ourselves watching this sort of film on the big screen – and it’s been a box office hit!!

The ‘ccc’ review💭

The crew of an underwater observation programme are set to experience far more than they ever could have imagined. A creature attacks their submarine leaving them trapped at the lowest depths that any human has ever been at in history. With time running out there is one man who can save the crew – disgraced deep sea diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham). Teaming up with Suyin (Bingbing Li), he must once again face the most terrifying monster who is now terrorizing the high seas – Megalodon, aka The Meg.

This is the latest in a line of US-China produced films attempting to break the Chinese market. The Meg followed the same formula as the Great Wall – a story with big monsters, starring a big actor and have a big budget. So far throwing money at a film hasn’t resulted in a great film and nothing has changed here.

Surprisingly this film been in the offering for a number of years with Disney initially having the rights but got scared about competing with Warner’s Deep Blue Sea. Since then, this film has been linked with Eli Roth, Guillermo Del Toro and even George Clooney. Obviously a film about Megalodon was hardly conducive to making a great film. Funnily enough this movie is being backed by Warner Brothers.

I wouldn’t say it’s so bad that’s it is brilliant, it is just not very good and falls below the average mark. Enjoyable in patches, it is just not ridiculous enough, even with Statham as the hero. Although the total switch to trying to creating a scene reminiscent of Jaws but on a Chinese coastline rather than New England did prove entertaining and silly.

The Meg boasts a competent cast helping Statham save the world (or make mistakes for him to save them) and Statham delivers another consistent performance as with his last 100 films. Finally, the cast do generally look like they enjoyed themselves during the making of this film and this comes across on screen.

Final Thoughts 💭

We still preferred mega shark v Giant octopus just for its sheer ridiculousness. The octopus is a much more formidable foe than Statham, although just about – seeing Statham fly through the air with a spear against the 75 foot Megalodon is a sight to behold. Just a more sobering point. According to some soucrcs Megalodon is still lurking in the deep sea. So consider that before you book your next beach holiday

If you get tired of watching what is on offer on the sci fi channel, then give the Meg a watch. 📺 🦈

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