Review: THE MEG Delivers On Exactly What The Trailer Promises; Big Shark, Summer Fun
Summer is coming to an end. That doesn’t mean we can’t have one more fun summer popcorn flick. The Meg is just such a movie. It’s a fun aquatic romp and is the perfect way to finish up the summer movie season!
In The Meg, “a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.”
The Meg is exactly what the trailer shows you. It is an action packed Jason Statham movie with a giant shark. If you go in expecting something like the original Jaws you will be disappointed. I would say The Meg is the love child of Jaws and Deep Blue Sea. The story isn’t overly complex but honestly in this type of movie you don’t really want it to be. If so take The Meg for what it is, a movie about a huge ass shark, you’ll enjoy yourself. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Jaws related Easter eggs.
I really enjoyed the casting choices made in The Meg. I may be biased but I love Jason Statham. He isn’t an Oscar contender but he always gives a solid action flick performance. In addition to Statham, familiar faces include Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead), Rainn Wilson (The Office, House of 1000 Corpses), Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black), and Masi Oka (Heroes). However, the performance that stole the show was Sophia Cai’s portrayal of Meiying, Suyin’s daughter. The interactions between Jason Statham and her are some of the best in the film.
To IMAX or Not To IMAX
If you have the opportunity, I strongly recommend seeing this in IMAX. The scope of the movie is so much better on the IMAX screen. A megalodon deserves a mega screen! Not to mention, the sound design is vastly improved by their sound system.
Overall, I really feel that those who want to love The Meg will. It really does deliver what it promises, a giant shark. Some people will be disappointed by the lack of blood and gore, but I don’t think the film suffers without them. Personally, I had a blast watching it and can’t wait to see what they do for the home release!
Images provided courtesy of Warner Brothers Studios