In Review: The Meg

After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

Synopsis: After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

Review: I finally got around to viewing this film on Amazon and it has to be said. While it isn’t the best I’ve seen. The film still managed to be fun and entertaining without taking itself too seriously.

The Story

When a marine biology expedition breeches an invisible layer in the ocean. They go deeper than anyone has been before and attract the attention of a 70-foot shark. A Megalodon. With part of the scientific team trapped and being hunted by the monster. Jonas Taylor who experienced a similar experience 5 years earlier is roped in to help the team get out.

Unfortunately for the scientist. When they rush back to the ocean surface and return to their base. The Megalodon is able to swim up to our side of the ocean and an hour and 45 minutes of chase the big shark begins.

The Acting

First off. This is a Jason Statham movie. So it probably will not win any awards for acting, but that said there are a few performances of note. First off the two CGI Sharks showed incredible range and depth of feeling when chomping through bouts and lord knows what else. It’s just sad that they didn’t get the dog before succumbing to the Statham.

Joking aside Rainn Wilson puts in a fun performance as the annoying self-serving, thrill-seeking and very wealthy Morris. Who basically funds the oceanic research facility where all the action starts.

We also get a short but sweet performance from Masi Oka as Toshi who sacrifices himself just as we are starting to like him.

And of course, Statham pulls of his usual brand of physical acting while hardly moving his facial muscles accept to offer the occasional smile or grimace.

Overall

This is a pretty entertaining popcorn movie, which offers up a group of varied characters that we immediately connect with through the shared danger of the shark. I have a 4K screen in my house and I swear to you. Even my cat was sharing in the experience of the giant shark, but she was trying to bat the thing.

The set for the ocean research place that the first 30 minutes or so of the movie takes place are was really well built and pretty believable.

I also liked the premise of there being a thin layer of the ocean that had not been explored, which makes sense given that we have probably explored more of outer space than we have our own oceans.

The CGI sharks in this film were incredible as were the action sequence involving the supposedly unbreakable shark cage.

Overall. A fun film, which a story that is engaging with fun characters. Might we see a sequel? Who knows. I’d not object to one.

8.5
The Meg
  • Story
    7.6
  • Acting
    8.6
  • CGI
    9.8
  • Incidental Music
    8.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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