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August 15, 2018

The Meg (2018) --- “The Most Feared Predator In History...Is No Longer History And She's The Biggest Thing You Never Saw Coming.”

Plot Summary
A massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With time running out, rescue diver Jonas Taylor must save the crew and the ocean itself from an unimaginable threat -- a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon. (1)

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      The Meg (2018) follows a Chinese-based, deep-sea research facility that seeks new discoveries in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench. A submersible team discovers a new level beneath the perceived bottom of the Mariana Trench, which leads to the discovery of unknown and previously extinct species. However, things start going awry when a thought to be extinct Megalodon attacks and disables the submersible, leaving its crew trapped at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. With time running short, team leader Dr. Zhao (Winston Chao) recruits former rescue diver Jonas (Jason Statham) to save the trapped team. Unbeknownst to everyone, this is not the first time Jonas has encountered the Meg. But this time she won’t stay confined to the Mariana Trench, especially when there is an expansive ocean to explore. Can Jonas and Dr. Zhao’s stop the Meg before it’s too late?

     The Meg (2018) is a suspenseful and entertaining summer popcorn film based off the Steve Alten novel of the same name and pays homage to old shark films like Deep Blue Sea (1999) and JAWS (1975 – 1987). Director Jon Turteltaub was mandated by the film studio to deliver a PG-13 shark film in order to increase the odds of getting a return on the $150 million budget. And despite his rating constraints director Turteltaub was able to deliver a fast-paced thrill ride with both frightful and vibrant special effects that fans of shark films must check out. While there have been numerous thrilling shark films throughout the years, The Meg brings some new thrills to the table that is both unique and nostalgic to JAWS and the pace is intense from start to finish as the chaos ensues when the Meg attacks.
     But this film is not all thrills and suspense. The humor is great with some well-placed references to JAWS, Finding Nemo, and even Sharkweek that help lighten up the film. I can honestly say that this was one of the rare films where I could hear everyone laughing in the theater.
     The special effects perfectly show how multiple species have been living for a long time in the ocean’s depth. The Megalodon looks very realistic, demonstrating how dangerous and menacing as well as beautiful as this species is. The visuals are amazing as things go from dark and murky to eye-catching and colorful. The science was perfectly used to make the story more realistic and the characters look like they know what they're talking about. The music score by Harry Gregson-Williams was perfect in being uplifting sometimes and downright thrilling other times.
     The casting was great. Jason Statham is great as the total badass and charming ex-Navy submersible pilot Jonas Taylor. Bingbing Li is gorgeous as marine biologist Suyin. While she and Statham have great chemistry, Statham’s interactions with the little girl Meiying (Sophia Cai) are adorable and funny. The rest of the cast – Rainn Wilson, Page Kennedy, Ruby Rose, Masi Oka, Cliff Curtis, Olafur Darri Olafsson, and Winston Chao – are great and funny as well.

     Overall, The Meg (2018) is an excellent shark film that will leave you on the edge of your seat with suspense and thrill, while offering some bouts of humor that help lighten the film. Most people will compare this film to JAWS and while it pays homage to the 1975 film, The Meg manages to stand on its own and bring something new to the table. The special effects were realistic, the visuals are colorful, and the characters are great in their respective roles. Shark fans and JAWS fans must see The Meg and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

"My God. It's Megalodon."
- Jonas Taylor

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  8.5 of 10 star
Worth Buying:  8.5 of 10 stars

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