Verdict: Jason Statham wrangles a 75 feet shark. Enough said.
Everyone loves a good shark attack movie. A typical shark movie has tons of action, thrilling altercations, the occasional beach scene, and the right amount of entertainment for you to forget about everything else. Director Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg promises to give us exactly that, while Jason Statham goes face-to-(giant)-face with an unbelievably massive prehistoric shark. Doesn’t that sound jawsome?
What’s The Meg About:
American billionaire Morris (Rainn Wilson) commissions a state-of-the-art deep-sea submersible with a team that is focused on studying marine life. But as new discoveries surface, the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been. A few members of the team are stuck at the bottom of the ocean with a monstrous shark, aka the megalodon or Meg lurking around them, which was previously thought to be extinct. Oceanographer Zhang (Winston Chao) quickly recruits expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) to assist in the rescue, against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Bingbing Li). Jonas had previously encountered the prehistoric creature in an incident that forced him into retirement. Now he has to return to save the team along with the rest of the ocean from the menacing monster.
Just as we expected, the film delivers plenty of action from the beginning. But it really picks up in the second half when the megalodon is really out for blood and ready to chomp down on anything that comes in its way. It lives up to its promise of being an ode to the shark attack genre while also upping the ante on marine invasion with 100% more shark and tons of hi-tech subs instead of the boats.
Jason Statham is the star of the show, right alongside the perfect nemesis – a menacing prehistoric shark. From being a washed-up rescue diver who tried to warn everyone about the Meg’s looming presence, he becomes the only hope for the safety of the ocean as it starts to wreak havoc. There are oceans of action-packed moments where Jason Statham fights the giant beast one on one and they do not disappoint.
What Could’ve Been Better:
While the action is jaw(s)-dropping, the movie seems to take the laws of physics with a pinch of salt, in places.
Why You Should Watch:
If you’re a fan of the Jaws franchise or you’d simply just love to see Jason Statham single-handedly battle a giant prehistoric shark, then The Meg will definitely float your boat.