Just Another Fun Shark Film | Review of ‘The Meg’

By Cynthia Ayala

The Meg starring Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao & Cliff Curtis
Warner Bros. Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

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.” —IMDB

Not Oscar worthy, but not everything has to be. Sometimes things just need to be outrageous and fun, and this film is that. Sometimes you just need to watch something for the heck of it, and this is one of those films. It’s more outrageous than the original Jaws film, but at least it surpasses the ever-awful Jaws 4. Let’s face it, Jaws: The Revenge is quite possibly the worst shark movie. At least Sharnado has the premise of being stupid for stupid sake, but that’s another thing entirely.

No, The Meg is fun, it’s not wholly outrageous and stupid, and does lend itself to creating some strong heartfelt scenes that create tension in the film, but all in all, it’s a shark movie, so how serious can anyone take this movie when going into it.

Having never read the book (I know, shocker right) I can’t judge on adaptation, but I can judge on the story in front of me. It does an excellent job of setting up the premise of the film and bringing together the cast of characters. This was a fun cast and there were some very emotional scenes because the chemistry between the cast was powerful and dynamic. It was a fun cast and it’s clear that the cast had fun together.

It was just a fun movie, what more can I say about it. It wasn’t great, it was just plain old good shark fun. There wasn’t anything spectacular about it, other than the shark effects, or a large amount of unimpressible depth about it, it’s just a shark movie, and that’s all it tries to be which is why its good. It doesn’t make itself stupid, but it also doesn’t take itself too seriously which could cause it to be dull or over-dramatic. It’s an action flick that just keeps on moving for the sake of the audience’s attention. Again, nothing new is really happening in the movie, sharks are on the loose and people have to come together to stop it, yeah, it’s been done before a hundred times, I mean that is basically the concept of every shark movie, but how the movie does it, the function and structure of the film is what makes it entertaining and action-packed.

It’s a good B movie, let’s face it. Nothing spectacular but not bad either. It’s a fun movie. (★★☆☆ | B)

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—Film Credits—

Directed by Jon Turteltaub

Screenplay by    Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber

Based on Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten

Starring: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao & Cliff Curtis

Rating | Length | Genre: PG-13 | 1h 53min | ActionHorrorSci-Fi

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures

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