Directed By: Jon Turtletaub
Starring: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Sophia Cai, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Robert Taylor, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jessica McNamee, Masi Oka, et. al.
While on a rescue mission deep in the Pacific Ocean, Jonas Taylor encounters something large and unexplainable, which destroys the submarine he’s attending to and kills several people on board, including members of his rescue team. Years later, after his ex’s exploratory pod is attacked on the floor of the Mariana Trench, Jonas is brought to the Mana One Research Center, where two of his former coworkers now work, in order to rescue the people in the downed vessel. After reviewing the footage, Jonas discovers that the creature that attacked the research vessel is the same as the one that attacked the downed submarine, a prehistoric species of shark called a Megalodon, which was long believed to be extinct. Shortly after rescuing the research team, the Mana One station learns that the rescue pod didn’t leave the trench alone. Two of the Megalodons followed, and are now attacking vessels, civilians, and other marine life, and Jonas and the people of Mana One are the only ones who stand a chance of stopping them.
Despite being based on the Steve Alten novel of the same name, The Meg barely resembles its source material. The names and basic plot – Jonas and Company vs. Gigantic Ancient Shark – are the same, but pretty much everything else was changed. Surprisingly, though, the changes don’t actually detract from the enjoyment of the movie. The story used works just as well as the plot of the book, and the characters are mostly all the same (Suyin didn’t have a daughter in the original). The actors all work well together, and, for the most part, everyone looks to be enjoying themselves.
The special effects are all well done. The shark looks realistic enough, and the background filler is seamless.
Disaster movies, which is what I would categorize this movie as, all seem to have about the same amount of substance plot-wise, and this one is really no different. It’s all mostly a giant setup for a man vs. shark final battle, but it has decent dialogue ans a somewhat original story, and while it may not be true to the book, it’s still a fun watch. The plot doesn’t require your full attention, and there’s nothing too gory in the death scenes that would prevent it from being a date night/family movie night pick, though it may be a bit much for some kids under 10.
The Meg isn’t available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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